Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Central States Anthropological Society meeting!

CSAS 2013 Annual Meeting

April 4-6, 2013

Crowne Plaza Hotel,  St. Louis, Missouri


Abstract deadline December 7th!!!

The Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, April 4-6, 2013. Faculty, students, independent scholars, and practitioners are encouraged to submit abstracts for papers, posters, organized sessions, workshops and roundtables in all four fields of anthropology, as well as applied. The annual CSAS conference is student-friendly and features a paper competition for both undergraduate and graduate students. It also offers an opportunity for anthropologists from throughout the central states, from institutions large and small, to meet, talk, and network. The 2013 conference will be hosted by the University of Missouri, St. Louis’ Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Languages, and most of the events will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in downtown St. Louis.
The conference will feature a distinguished lecture by Dr. Pascal Boyer, the Henry Luce Professor of Individual and Collective Memory at Washington University, St. Louis. The title of his lecture is “The Naturalness of Social Institutions: How Human Evolution and Cognition Explain Patterns of Human Sociality”.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bioanth student prize at AAA - STILL TIME!!!

The Biological Anthropology Section of the AAA encourages all students who are interested in competing for the 2012 student prize at this year's AAA meeting to submit your name, paper title, and session to Dr. Robin Nelson (robin.nelson@ucr.edu) by November 7th. Both podium and poster presentations are eligible. 

Check out the previous winners!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Biological Anthropology at the AAA meeting!

I can't believe it's nearly time to head to the 2012 AAA meeting in San Francisco! The Biological Anthropology Section of AAA is organizing many sessions and activities at the meeting, including a few of particular interest to me: 


Chair: Michaela Howells


Chair: Sera Young


Chair: Greg Downey

2012 BAS DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Darna Dufour, "Anthropological Perspectives on Nutrition Transitions"  

Other sessions of interest to bio-folks include the following (can you tell which ones I'm super excited about and have you noticed the suspicious Marksist pattern?):


Thursday, November 15, 2012: 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Chair:  Douglas M Jones

Thursday, November 15, 2012: 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Organizer & Chair:  Lee Cronk


Thursday, November 15, 2012: 4:00 PM-5:45 PM
Organizers:  Clare L Boulanger; Chairs:  Chelsea Blackmore
Jonathan M Marks (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
Thursday, November 15, 2012: 4:00 PM-5:45 PM
Chair:  Kristin Snopkowski

Friday, November 16, 2012: 1:45 PM-3:30 PM
Organizers:  Alice B Kehoe; Chairs:  Leslea Hlusko
Participants:  Jonathan M Marks, Montgomery Slatkin, Carole L Crumley, Rasmus Nielsen, and John H Moore

Saturday, November 17, 2012: 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizers & Chairs:  Jamie L Clark and Adam P Van Arsdale;
Discussants:  Milford H Wolpoff and Julien Riel-Salvatore

Saturday, November 17, 2012: 4:00 PM-5:45 PM
Organizers:  Shirley J Fiske; Chairs: Carole L Crumley and Shirley J Fiske

Saturday, November 17, 2012: 4:00 PM-5:45 PM
Organizers:  Eric A Smith; Chairs:  Adam H Boyette

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NIH Paylines

What's a payline, you ask? At NIH, your grant is ranked as a percentile (based on what is known as the priority score which I won't discuss in this post but you can wonk out here). What is considered a good percentile may deviate from a FUNDABLE percentile, and at the individual institute level there's a great deal of variation. However, generally speaking a good percentile these days is around a 10 (i.e. 10th percentile, meaning your proposal is in the top 10 percent of all grants reviewed by that study section that cycle. Bask in its awesomeness.) You should feel good about that score. However, it's the payline that determines whether you get funded, and this keeps dropping. In some institutes, the payline is set at the 6th percentile so even though you might have a super-awesome score, you are not going to hit the NIH jackpot this time around.

Or maybe you will: my R03 placed in the 10th percentile on first submission and we were told by many folks in the know to be cautiously optimistic. And we were until they set the payline that year at the *9th* percentile. I'm not even kidding. So imagine our delight and relief when several months later we learned that the payline had been reset to the 13th percentile and we were in! That's not very common, but it can happen, and sometimes you can speak to your program officer about the likelihood of this (after you receive your score and do some homework on recent paylines.)

This site compiles recent data on percentiles and paylines across the institutes. Most institutes have reported their Fiscal Year 2012 funding strategies and paylines, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has already reported its FY13 payline (6th percentile! eeeek). For you early career people, there is a teensy weensy silver lining, and that is you are scored more generously than more established researchers (e.g. already a PI on an NIH grant) so you might get funded at a slightly higher percentile. For example, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) set its regular 2012 payline at the 10th percentile and at the 13th for New and Early Stage Investigators, a potentially game-changing differential. (Do you qualify?) Typically, you need to be within 10 years of your terminal degree and not have been a PI on an R01 (R03s and R21s are fine). So if you've been contemplating developing an R01, keep an eye on the clock so that you don't lose those extra points.

Friday, October 5, 2012

AAPA Professional Development Awards!

Since 2009 the American Association of Physical Anthropologists has been recognizing early career researchers with a small but mighty professional development grant ($5000). I received one of these in 2010 which launched a project for which I otherwise had no funding, leading to one publication and several conference presentations so far. The 2013 competition was announced in the call-for-papers for the Knoxville meeting.
  • Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in physical anthropology or an allied discipline. 
  • Applicants must be conducting applied or academic research that is within the disciplinary boundaries of physical anthropology. 
  • Applicants must be junior faculty members (including postdoctoral scholars, lecturers, and assistant professors) and must be non-tenured at the time of the award.

Membership in the AAPA is NOT a requirement. An applicant may receive only one Professional Development Grant during their career. The program is directed toward the career progress of individuals, therefore co-authored/multi-authored applications will not be considered. Completed applications must be received on or before January 15, 2013 (This person's birthday!).

Job wiki: like Crackbook but more demoralizing

I assume most of you on the job market already know about the Physical Anthropology Job Wiki, no? It's a place where OCD is stoked into a frenzy, hope goes to die, and envy reigns supreme. In other words, it is AWESOME.

I am posting this not only for the job seekers but also for senior faculty and search committees. You need to know how the process is perceived, and perhaps offer your (anonymous) insight to calm down the people who are freaking out. The vague job descriptions, maddening online application systems, the bazillion documents all saying sort of the same thing but not quite, the mystery of the name of the person "to whom it may concern" - all these things freak people out and they give vent to it in the Wiki (and perhaps more constructively here and here).  And perhaps most nerve-wracking of all, consider how it makes job seekers feel to never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever hear from you. Especially if they were invited for an interview. Because shockingly often, it does come to pass that some lucky applicant makes it to the short list and pours their heart and soul, and countless cups of coffee, into prepping their talk and their answers to whatever questions you might ask them - and then NEVER HEARS ANOTHER WORD (except on the Wiki where they learn someone else got the job). Maybe the interview went well, maybe it sucked, but in either case, it's been an enormous investment and a little thank you for showing up helps soften the blow of not getting the job. The lesson for search committees is that news travels ever faster in this hyper-connected world which has some impact on shaping new cultural norms of engagement.

Loan Repayment from NIH

I've written about this before, but it bears constant repeating that you can get the NIH to repay up to $70,000 in student loans. How? By doing research that fits within the following categories:

Pediatric Research
Health Disparities Research
Contraception and Infertility Research

As a graduate of a state school that offered me little in the way of funding (the long term consequences of which I was too naive to consider when I started my graduate studies), I owe a LOT of money. But lucky for me as a comparative primatologist who is interested in pregnancy and developmental programming, I can make a case for one of these awards. This time around I will be drawing on my research on the developmental origins of pregnancy loss in adult female marmosets to apply for funds from the Contraception and Infertility Research division. These are competitive awards but the relatively good news is that funding rates are decent, hovering around 35%.

Applications are due November 15. Get cracking.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Job at University of Alaska Fairbanks

The University of Alaska FairbanksAnthropology Department invites applications for a tenure track biological anthropologist at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to begin August 2013. Research and geographic areas open, but should complement current faculty. Specializations in human biology or biomedical anthropology are a plus, as is research with applications to the circumpolar North. Candidates should have a record of external funding, be able to teach established courses in biological anthropology (including quantitative methods), and show evidence of research mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of application.
 The responsibilities of this position support the University of Alaska Fairbanks' tripartite mission of teaching, research and service. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses in the successful candidate's area of expertise; maintenance of an active research program leading to refereed publications; and university and community service. Our department is a four-field department, supporting BA, BS, MA, and PhD programs in Anthropology; teaching responsibilities include 2 courses per semester and graduate and undergraduate supervision and advising. 
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the flagship campus and principal research center of the University of Alaska System, and is the nation's northernmost Land, Sea, and Space Grant institution, with over 1,000 teaching and research faculty serving over 11,000 students. UAF has a Carnegie classification of RU/H, and is an international hub for northern research. Fairbanks is the state's second largest city with over 90,000 residents in the greater Fairbanks area. In addition to offering unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, Fairbanks is home to a lively arts and culture scene.
 View a detailed job description and apply on-line at www.uakjobs.com. Position closes December 1, 2012. Posting #0065167. The direct link to the job posting is: www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=78845. Questions regarding this specific position may be directed to Dr. Ben A. Potter, search committee chair, bapotter@alaska.edu.
 The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Lots of jobs posted here and here, but sadly, very few primatologically-oriented anthro jobs so far. Animal/agricultural science  and biology departments might also have something to your liking.

Keep the faith, job-seekers, and start working on your job letter, teaching philosophy, and research statement!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The year that was: Bioanthropology in 2011

I really love the annual "year-in-review" issue American Anthropologist publishes in June. It's a wonderful snapshot of the diversity of events, perspectives, and developments in our field at large. This year's essay on biological anthropology is written by Dr. Kristi Lewton of Harvard University. In Complexity in Biological Anthropology in 2011: Species, Reproduction, and Sociality, Dr. Lewton "demonstrates the natural extension of our scholarly research to modern social networks and illustrates how they may act as a platform by which to increase intradisciplinary engagement and to highlight the complex, wide-reaching, and innovative research that our field contributes to society." It's a fascinating, well-written read.

Track the evolution of our field over the last several years:
2010: Libby Cowgill
2009: Julienne Rutherford
2008: Nick Malone

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Reproductive studies postdocs at Cambridge!

Fantastic postdoc opportunities at Cambridge in the social study of reproduction. Applications are invited from individuals who have expertise in the social study of reproduction, reproductive technologies, the history of reproduction, reproductive health, or reproductive biomedicine. Applicants must have received a PhD in Sociology, Social Anthropology or a related discipline by 1 October 2012.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Love Letters: On the joys of intellectual partnerships

I'm in a great mood. As usual, there's too much to do and not enough time/resources to do it all, and there are policies and politics that stand in the way of true intellectual nirvana. I still struggle with time management and procrastination (yes, I'm supposed to be writing a grant. RIGHT. NOW. OMGZ!) and guilt and the missing of the baby when I'm at work and the itch to get back to work when I'm with the baby. Yes, of course, to all of that. But today I've had a series of "high five" emails with various collaborators about various projects and it hit me how much joy those relationships bring me on a professional and personal front. Where would we be if we tried to do it all alone? It takes a village to raise a child (as I totes know firsthand now), but it's equally true that it takes a village to make meaningful work happen. So today I just want to write a love letter to my intellectual village (which is heavily populated by amazing and brilliant women), and encourage you in the comments to do the same!

Thanks Kate Clancy and Katie Hinde! I admired you both individually as friends and scientists before we started on our journey to build a book about building babies, and am so happy this project brought us all together. The Lady Editors are a force to be reckoned with.

Thanks Alison Doubleday! From grad school in Bloomington to faculty meetings in Chicago, we've known each other a long time. I love working with you whether it's on our American Association of Anatomists-funded anatomy workshop at AAPA, teaching in the College of Dentistry, or collecting prom dresses. You are a deeply decent and humane person.

Thanks Victoria DeMartelly! Assistant, researcher, style inspiration, friend: you make my job so much easier and you do it with spirit, grace, a great sense of humor, and fantastic shoes. You went to the Philippines! You collected placentas! You killed cockroaches! You went to the Outpost and Bead Street! And you said the magic words that made me fall in love with you: "Do you want me to put all your articles in EndNote for you?" Yes, yes I do.

Thanks Betsy Abrams! If it weren't for you, I never would have thought about postpartum hemorrhage and evolution. And end up with the cover of American Anthropologist! You inspire me to trade out of my biomedical hat and get anthropological. Plus you knitted a marmoset hat for my baby .

Thanks Robin Nelson! I thank Northwestern and the 2008 election for bringing us together. You are brilliant. Someday can we work on a project together, PLEASE?  The babies can play with toys and you and I can play with ideas. And cookies, of course.

Thanks Suzette Tardif! From mentor to colleague. No words can express how much your encouragement, belief in me, and awesome dance moves have guided my career. Really, I can't ever tell you. But thanks.

Thanks Chris Kuzawa! Our work in the Philippines together continues to be rewarding and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Thanks, Agustin Fuentes, Katie MacKinnon, Michelle Bezanson, Kristi Lewton, Stephanie Meredith, Erin Phelps Riley, Christina Campbell, Lorena Havill, Diane Warren, Jim McKenna and SO MANY MORE! You drink with me at meetings and say brilliant funny things, some of which I understand and others I don't. But you remind me that what we do is a BLAST and that we are lucky to find so many people who just get it. Sometimes during dark times, the thought of seeing you at meetings is what keeps me going.

I'm sure there are many others I'm leaving out of this, and as I think of them I will amend the post. But I just wanted you all to know that I think you're pretty great.

Hugs, kisses, and high fives all around,

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Anatomy Education and Career Workshop at AAPA

Please attend the Anatomy Education and Career Workshop at AAPA, Saturday 14th, 2-3:30pm.
Snacks for attendees will be provided in addition to some great discussion and advice!
RSVP here.
Many thanks to the American Association of Anatomists for their generous financial support of this workshop!

Rationale and goals of the workshop:
The current scarcity of qualified anatomy instructors for professional programs is well documented. In response to the growing need for anatomy educators, institutions and programs have initiated a number of strategies, including the development of Masters and PhD programs that specialize in anatomy education and the recruitment of qualified educators from a broader range of fields such as biology and biological anthropology. In fact, an increasing number of anatomy educators have a background and degree in biological anthropology. The importance of this relationship for anatomy education is evidenced by the presence of numerous anthropological research talks and poster presentations at the Experimental Biology/AAA annual meetings over the last several years. In a constrained job market, there are also advantages for biological anthropologists with a background in anatomy as they can pursue a wider range of faculty positions. Even so, many undergraduate and graduate students in biological anthropology are not aware that anatomy education is a career path available to them. For those that are aware of this opportunity, many are unsure of the specific requirements for teaching in this context and many are also confused as to how their research interests can be integrated into the environment of a medical, dental or other professional institution. This is unfortunate, because a deep understanding of human gross anatomy and histology provides irreplaceable context for studies of variation and adaptation, reproductive ecology, nutrition, growth and development, genetics, and many more topic areas within biological anthropology

At the AAPA/AAA Anatomy Education and Career workshop the pros and cons of pursuing a career outside of anthropology will be discussed, as will advice to graduate students who are interested in the anatomy pathway.

The ultimate goals of this outreach workshop are twofold:
1) To encourage anthropology students to pursue anatomy education to a) augment their research and b) enhance their opportunities on the job market upon graduation.

2) To encourage faculty to forge connections with anatomy education venues on their campuses for the purpose of opening training and teaching opportunities for their students.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Student Awards for Anthropological Anatomy Research at AAPA!

Dr. Alison Doubleday and I are very pleased to announce the American Association of Anatomists Anthropological Anatomy Student Award, to be presented at this year's AAPA meeting.

The anatomical sciences and biological anthropology have a deeply entwined history, and new methodological and theoretical advances in both fields ensure an exciting future. To recognize and encourage the incorporation of the anatomical sciences into cutting edge biological anthropology research, the American Association of Anatomists has provided funding for student awards at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting in Portland.

Two students will be awarded $250 each for the poster and podium presentations that are judged to best implement either traditional or state-of-the-art anatomical methodologies (e.g. histology, pathology, immunohistochemistry, gross dissection, imaging, developmental genetics, etc.) in innovative anthropological research. Presentations will be judged on novelty of the research question and design, use of anatomical methodologies, and presentation style.

Application information can be found here. The deadline to submit your abstract for consideration is MARCH 12. The winner will be announced at the Student Prize Reception on Saturday, April 14, 6-7:30pm, so please attend!

(This award is separate from all other AAPA awards. Even if you have submitted your presentation to the AAPA competition, you may still be considered for the AAA Anthropological Anatomy Student Award!)

P.S. Want to learn about a career as a biological anthropologist in the anatomical sciences? Please attend the Anatomy Education and Career Roundtable on Saturday at 2 pm in the Studio Suite! Please let us know if you are interested in attending!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Field station research opportunities in New York State

Undergraduate Research Internship, Research Grants, and Senior Research Fellowship at the Huyck Preserve, NY

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station—a 2,000 acre preserve and 75 year-old field station located 30 miles southwest of Albany, NY—is now accepting applications for its Odum Internship for Undergraduates, Huyck Research Grants, and Senior Research Fellowship for summer 2012. Information about each of these opportunities can be found below or by visiting the Preserve's website at: http://www.huyckpreserve.org

Odum Internship (Applications due Friday, March 9th)

8-week, from June 4 to July 28, internship for rising junior and senior undergraduates. This is an unpaid internship, though housing is provided and some opportunities for paid work prior to or following the internship are available. For more information on the internship and for how to apply, please visit: http://huyckpreserve.org/research/odum_intern.htm

Huyck Grants (Applications due Friday, March 9th)

The grants (up to $3,500) are intended to support research conducted at the field station by graduate students, postdocs, professors, and independent researchers. Some preference is given to proposals that included multi-week stays at the station. For details and information on how to apply for a Huyck Grant, please visit: http://huyckpreserve.org/research/huyck_grants.htm

Senior Research Fellowship (Applications are due Friday, March 2nd)

The Fellowship is for approximately 50 days, with a concentration in early June to early August. The selected candidate will conduct on-site independent research, mentor undergraduate interns, and lead the annual Science Symposium in late July. There is a $10,000 stipend along with waived housing and station fees. For more information on the Fellowship and how to apply, please visit: http://huyckpreserve.org/research/srf.htm

New World Primate Caregiver/Office Assistant at Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii

Position Available (on-going) for New World Primate Caregiver/Office Assistant at Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii

This is truly a Sanctuary, a beautiful place for someone with a background and interest in animal husbandry, welfare and conservation, exotic veterinary medicine, biology, and related fields, who is a mature team player with respect for others. We need a good, clear communicator (written and spoken English), and coordinator with a minimal personal agenda, who seeks mutual growth for all and is able to make a long term commitment to the primates and the staff. A one year commitment is requested.

The position requires a self-starter and hard worker, someone who is humble, compassionate, self-reliant, organized, professional, computer literate (Mac), open to learning, capable of problem solving and completing a task. We need someone who can function independently as well as in a group. Our Resident Intern would need to be physically fit, with no communicable diseases or criminal record, who has a driver's license and would enjoy a rural lifestyle with simple amenities. Citizens of foreign countries would need to secure their own visas and permits independently.

Responsibilities of an animal caregiver involve: providing daily care, enrichment, and nurturing to 70+/- monkeys, administering medications, preparing food, cleaning enclosures, and maintaining the Sanctuary facility. Office assistance would include: administering the volunteer program (scheduling, processing of applications, advertising), data entry (Mac- Filemaker Pro, Excel, Word), correspondence, record-keeping, fund-raising-grant writing and public relations. After the training period, managerial duties would be added and more technical training may be available. This is more than a full-time position and includes on-call duties.

Pacific Primate Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization (501(C)(3). Our staff is made up of 5 volunteer caregivers and a support system of veterinary and other professionals. Since the well-being of the monkeys is our primary focus, they are not on exhibit, the facility is not open to the public and they are not subjected to any medical research.

As a result, our organization is not eligible for funding from any governmental agencies nor do we receive funds from admission, as would a public zoo. Therefore, we must rely solely upon donations from compassionate individuals and organizations. Our operating budget is extremely small. Financial independence for personal expenses is required (estimated to be $25-$30 a week). If you are considering the possibility of seeking grant support on your own, supplementary funds for needs other than housing could be built into your budget.

We provide a fully furnished and equipped 24-foot Yurt or a 16-foot Yurt (traditional round structures designed specifically for tropical living) and utilities. An organic garden and fruit orchard exist on-site. The Yurt is adjacent to the Sanctuary on a large piece of rainforest property with its own bathroom facilities. You would be trained by experienced members of our staff in all aspects of New World primate care (Callithrix, Cebus, and Ateles) and may eventually become a head animal caregiver.

Please begin making application for the position by submitting the following: your Letter of Intent in making application, your Resume/CV, and three Letters of Reference (from instructors, employers etc.). We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Me Ke Aloha No Na Holoholona,
With Love For The Animals,

Lucy L. Wormser
Founder and President

Pacific Primate Sanctuary, Inc.
500 A Haloa Road
Haiku, Maui, Hawaii 96708

Sanctuary Phone & Fax: 808. 572.8089

E-Mail pps@aloha.net
Internet: http://www.pacificprimate.org/
Blog: http://pacificprimate.blogspot.com/
FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/PacificPrimateSanctuary

Funding for pilot translational research using nonhuman primate models

The ITHS and the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) are pleased to sponsor an Ignition Award, focusing on the use of nonhuman primate models of human disease. The purpose of this Ignition Award is to explore innovative areas of nonhuman primate (NHP) research and generate preliminary data to serve as a basis for submission of new research grant applications (e.g. R01-type grant to NIH or other funding agency) and/or subsequent clinical studies.

The WaNPRC intends to award one or two separate awards of up to $75,000 for one year. These funds must be used for Primate Center costs only, including animal costs, per diem, and procedures. Costs of supplies and salaries must be administered by the Primate Center.

Application deadline is 2-17-2012. For more information, go to https://www.iths.org/funding/primate

Monday, January 30, 2012

Professor/Director, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University


Department: Mathers Museum / Glenn Black Laboratory

Position: Associate / Full Professor / Director

Description: Indiana University Bloomington seeks a director for the Mathers Museum of World Cultures/Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology, which were merged in the spring of 2011 and report to the university administration through the Vice Provost for Research. The Director will hold a half-time appointment in the Museum/Lab and a half-time appointment in an appropriate department within the College of Arts and Sciences, such as Anthropology or Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Qualified candidates should be prepared to present a vision of how they will develop, lead, and enhance the Museum/Lab, as well as how they will contribute to their home department. Applicants must possess qualifications suitable for a tenured faculty appointment (Associate or Full Professor) and should demonstrate experience in museum leadership, distinguished scholarship, and a commitment to teaching both disciplinary and museum-related courses.

The Museum’s ethnological collections are worldwide in scope and include both material culture objects and major photographic holdings. The Lab’s archaeological collections derive from the Great Lakes-Ohio Valley area, particularly the State of Indiana, and serve as the focus of the Lab’s research. The Museum/Lab is a vital component of the University’s research, teaching, and public missions; the Director is expected to participate fully in all of these activities through the Museum/Lab and his or her home department.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of six references. Nominations are welcome; please submit names by January 21, 2012. Materials should be sent to Professor Ruth M. Stone, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Carmichael Center Suite 202, 530 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, Indiana 47408-4003. Alternatively, they may be sent electronically to David Taylor at dltaylor@indiana.edu. Applications received by January 31, 2012 will be assured of consideration. Indiana University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. (Second listing.)

P.S. I got married at Mathers Museum!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Postdoc in Cardiovascular Science at Wake Forest

The Section on Comparative Medicine of the Department of Pathology of Wake Forest School of Medicine and the Wake Forest Primate Center are pleased to announce a fellowship in Cardiovascular Science and Atherosclerosis. This fellowship will provide two years of support and represents a joint collaboration between Merck’s Cardiovascular-Atherosclerosis Program and the Comparative Reproduction and Behavior and Comparative Atherosclerosis Laboratories at the Wake Forest University Primate Center and Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Appropriate backgrounds may include for example, Anatomy, Anthropology, Nutrition, Zoology, Biology, or other relevant biomedical sciences. Skills in data management and analysis and manuscript preparation are essential. Experience with microscopic anatomy is desired but not necessary. The Fellow will be involved in the characterization of nonhuman primate models of atherosclerosis. Preparation for the research will involve participation in select graduate courses focusing on the pathobiology of atherosclerosis, along with mentoring in the quantification of pathobiological characteristics of atherosclerosis. There will be unlimited opportunity for publication of new information concerning the characterization of the nonhuman primate model and other aspects of using nonhuman primates to evaluate promising cardiovascular therapies. Opportunity exists for spending some time at the MERCK Research Laboratories and perhaps at other sites where NHP atherosclerosis research is ongoing.

Contact Dr. Tom Clarkson if you are interested in this position.

Medical Anthropologist needed Down Under

The School of Archaeology and Anthropology in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences is seeking a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology. In this role you will be the course convenor for medical anthropology, supervise postgraduate research students, and translate your research interest into lively and engaging courses taught at the undergraduate level and above. If you have a PhD in medical anthropology or an allied field as well as a strong record of high quality teaching, securing external grant funding, and research and publications in the field, we welcome an application from you.

We are keen to get a wide field of applicants for this position. It is a re-advertisement as the initial ad drew too few applications.

The closing date is very soon: 31st January. Details including a contact person in the event of queries are in the ad.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gathering ideas for AAPA primate interest group meeting

Forwarding a message from Gary Aronsen:

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to 2012!

Please accept this invitation to the Primate Interest Group meeting, one of the many sections of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists’ Annual Meeting. We will be meeting 12 April (Friday) night @ 7pm in Alexander’s (23rd Floor) Room.

As in previous years, I solicit your suggestions for discussion topics. Previous years have provided debate on fieldwork ethics, species identification and conservation, and the primate job market. These discussions allow our most senior colleagues to interact with our newest grad/undergrad students, as well as collaboration opportunities for one and all. And, if you recall, we pass a bottle or two around. Given our continually growing membership, we may have to make it a three-bottle night!

I ask that you contact me directly (gary dot aronsen at yale dot edu) with any and all suggestions.

I thank you for your support of the PIG, and I’ll see you in one/several of Portland’s dive bars!


Assistant Professorship in Biology at University of Florida

Animal Integrative Biology: Assistant Professor, tenure-track

The Department of Biology at the University of Florida is seeking applications for a tenure track faculty position beginning August 2012 at the Assistant Professor level whose work is at the interface of animal physiology and either behavior or development. We are seeking candidates who will develop an internationally recognized, externally funded research program that builds on the strengths and interconnects the department’s expertise in the fields of behavior, development, evolution, ecology, genetics, systematics, morphology and physiology.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching of undergraduates in the areas of animal physiology and either animal behavior or developmental biology and to offer graduate seminars/courses in these or more specialized areas. A Ph.D. required.

The Department of Biology has a strongly collegial environment that fosters collaborative interdisciplinary research and teaching that emphasizes integration of the above research areas within the framework of evolutionary principles. It enjoys strong ties with the Florida Museum of Natural History, UF Genetics Institute, UF Emerging Pathogens Institute and multiple University centers in biomedical, veterinary, environmental and agricultural sciences. For more information on the department go to http://www.biology.ufl.edu./

Interested applicants must apply online at http://jobs.ufl.edu/ (requisition # 0810207). For full consideration, the application should include curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy (of no more than 3 pages each), a maximum of three reprints in PDF format and names of three references. For more information, please go to website: http://www.biology.ufl.edu/jobs/aib.aspx. Review of applications will begin on January 31st 2012. Our department is committed to diversity as a component of excellence. Women, minorities and members of other underserved groups are encouraged to apply. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Primate Conservation Grants from ASP

Happy New Year everyone!

The online submission system for the 2012 ASP Conservation Grants is now open. The final deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2012. Please note that a letter of recommendation is required for non-member applicants and all student applicants. Instructions for submitting applications and letters of recommendation are outlined on the grant application form found on the ASP website.
Looking forward to another year of great conservation projects!

Erin Riley,
ASP Conservation Committee Chair

AAPA program now available!

Well, folks, the time has come to start getting excited about the 2012 AAPA meeting in Portland. The final program has been released and it looks fantastic. There are 1022 presentations! Wow. We biological anthropologists apparently have a LOT to say.

Please note that there will be a BANDIT Happy Hour (three years in a row!) on Friday evening just before the interest group meetings. And like last year, AAPA is providing financial support to make the hour just a little happier for us all.

There are many exciting reasons to hold a meeting in Portland. This is only one.

Ethics workshop at AAPA 2012

"The Ethics of Practice and Practice of Ethics: An Open Dialogue Among Bioanthropologists" is an open ethics forum scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 6:00-8:00PM in Broadway I as part of the 81rst Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) in Portland, Oregon. This session is being organized and facilitated by Graciela S. Cabana, Claudia Valeggia, Jennifer K. Wagner, and Alexandra Obregon.

Find out more at the session's blog and engage in discussion with the organizers!