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