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The American Association of Physical Anthropologists awards five prizes to outstanding poster and podium presentations at the annual meeting whose first author is a student. Prizes are given in honor of Juan Comas, Aleš Hrdlička, Earnest A. Hooton, Mildred Trotter, and Sherwood Washburn. This year, we received a total of 39 submissions, up from 25 last year. Each poster or presentation was reviewed by several members of the Student Affairs Committee, and award winners were announced at the annual Closing Reception on the last evening of the Annual Meetings. Due to the high number of applications and the high quality of the submissions this year, the committee decided to award five “Honorable Mentions” in addition to the names prizes. We greatly appreciate Cambridge University Press, Harvard University Press, and the University of Florida Press for their generous donations to the student prizes.
The William Pollitzer Travel Award. is an award of $500 in honor of Dr. William S. Pollitzer. It is designed to help students defray the costs of attending the AAPA meetings. This award is open to all AAPA student members (undergraduate and graduate). This year, we received a total of 128 submissions for the Pollitzer Travel awards, up 31 submissions from last year. The Student Affairs Committee awarded travel prizes to a total of 50 students in response to the following prompt:
Since 90 years now, when a nonhuman representative of the hominin lineage was firstly discovered at Taung, in South Africa, we know that Darwin’s prediction of an African emergence of the genus Homo was correct. Since, following the discovery in 1960s of the “early Man” at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, the human fossil record from African localities chronologically covering nearly the last 2.5 million years has remarkably increased in raw amount and preservation quality of the paleontological and cultural assemblages, anatomical diversity, morphodimensional variation, sex- and age-related individual representativeness of the remains, resolution of the reconstructed geochronological, paleoenvironmental, paleoecological and technocultural contexts.
October 10th – 11th, 2014. Hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Anthropology. What is WeBiG? It is an annual gathering of grad students and faculty who work on any topic/area in bioarchaeology and forensics at institutions in the western states. It is designed to provide networking opportunities at locations in the west that are easy (and cheap) to get to.
June 3 - 5, 2014, Harbour Centre, Labatt Hall (Room #1700), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. The risk of adult heart disease, cancer, and a broad swath of other negative health outcomes may result from exposures during fetal and infant development. Why and how? The field of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) focuses on connections between adult health outcomes and exposures to social and physical challenges experienced during early life.