Physical anthropology is a biological science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Because it studies human biology in the context of human culture and behavior, physical anthropology is also a social science. The AAPA is the world's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists. Formed by 83 charter members in 1930, the AAPA now has an international membership of over 1,700. The Association's annual meetings draw more than a thousand scientists and students from all over the world.

NSF Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants 2015

Submitted 16 December 2014 by Rebecca J. Ferrell

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The Biological Anthropology and Archaeology Programs are pleased to announce the continuation in 2015 of the Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants (IPG) competition. Prior competitions were held in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, contingent on availability of funds, the Programs plan to make a single award for a maximum total cost of $1,000,000 to support a multi-year project of up to five years in duration. Proposals are due April 2, 2015. See program announcement for additional details.

NSF Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences (RIDIR)

Submitted 9 December 2014 by Rebecca J. Ferrell

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As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive ...

AAPA COD Women's Initiative awarded Elsevier New Scholars grant

Submitted 4 December 2014 by Robin Bernstein

The AAPA’s Committee on Diversity (COD) has made increasing diversity within physical anthropology a priority. We are pleased to announce that the COD Women’s Initiative Co-chairs Robin Bernstein (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Andrea Taylor (Duke University) have received a grant through the Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Program to create a self-sustaining infrastructure administered by the AAPA to improve the environment for all women physical anthropologists. This two-year grant will support career development initiatives including domestic and international career development workshops, and the creation of sustainable toolkits and webinars that can be easily accessed and widely shared in ...

Forensic Anthropology and Disaster Management

Submitted 14 November 2014 by Henk Leijenhorst, NFI Academy

This course focuses on forensic anthropology and disaster management, and combines theoretical background with elaborate practical training.

Standard forensic anthropological procedures will be discussed, as well as new developments in the respective fields. The goal of this course is to provide both practicing beginner and experienced medico-legal experts insight and training in the field of forensic anthropology.

Organizing committee: B. Kubat PhD MD; R. Gerretsen MSc MD and M. van Wijk MSc.

Target group: Practicing medico-legal experts (beginners and experts) Duration: Three successive days Number of participants: 30-40 Course location and dates: NFI Field Lab, The Hague; 15-17 april 2015 ...

Committee on Diversity Women’s Initiative Early-Career Women’s Professional Development Workshops

Submitted 13 November 2014 by Committee on Diversity Women's Initiative

Announcing the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Committee on Diversity Women’s Initiative Early-Career Women’s Professional Development Workshops Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – Saint Louis, MO

Morning session: 8:00am -12:00pm OR Afternoon session: 1:00pm - 5:00pm Luncheon open to all participants: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

This half-day workshop will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by early career women physical anthropologists and offer practical tools and resources to help women scholars in the early stages of their careers strategically navigate their paths forward. As part of this workshop, participants will hear from colleagues who will present ...

Richard Bribiescas Deputy Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

Submitted 10 November 2014 by Karen Rosenberg

Richard Bribiescas

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Richard Bribiescas, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Anthropology Department, will assume the position of Deputy Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.  The new position will formally start on January 1, 2015, but Rick will begin to advise me on these matters immediately. The responsibility for faculty diversity and development has historically been part of a larger portfolio of one of the deputy provosts, and I wanted now to devote a deputy provost position fully to these important issues.

Rick has been part of the faculty at Yale since 1998.  He ...

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