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.

Human Biology of Poverty | 2015 SSHB Symposium

Submitted 6 March 2015 by Dr Francisca Alves CArdoso - Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), Portugal

Human Biology of Poverty | 2015 SSHB Symposium Lisbon, Portugal - 2-5 September 2015

Poverty has its nefarious roots embedded in social, political and economic disadvantages and inequalities. It differentially affects various segments of populations, intensifies negative outcomes of growth and development, creates ill-health in terms of infectious and non-communicable diseases, and furthers discrimination in all spheres of life. The complex effects of poverty on individuals and societies vary throughout the lifespan. These outcomes are more often seen among ethnic minorities, migrants, and women and girls. Poverty also strikes differently between developed and developing countries. In extreme situations, such as war and ...

Rohlf Medal 2015

Submitted 6 March 2015 by Paul O'Higgins

Rohlf Medal


The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the family and friends of F. James Rohlf to mark his 70th birthday. He has been a longtime Stony Brook University faculty member and is currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Recipients of the Rohlf Medal will be recognized for excellence in their body of work on the development of new morphometric methods or for their applications in the biomedical sciences, including evolutionary biology, population biology, physical anthropology, and medicine. The term ...

Student Presentation Awards Competition deadline is March 1st

Submitted 27 February 2015 by Anthony Di Fiore

Attention students! The deadline to submit applications for the Student Presentation Awards Competition is March 1st. At its annual meeting, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists awards five prizes to outstanding presentations at the annual meeting whose first author is a student. Four named prizes honor Juan Comas, Aleš Hrdlička, Mildred Trotter, and Sherwood Washburn. These awards are for excellent presentation of either a podium talk or poster. A fifth prize, named for Earnest A. Hooton, is given for the best poster presentation. The Mildred Trotter prize is given for a superior presentation on bones and teeth; the other prizes ...

AAAG Education Event at the 2015 AAPAs: Outreach and Public Engagement in Anthropological Genetics

Submitted 26 February 2015 by Heather Norton

This year's AAAG Education workshop is entitled "Outreach and Public Engagement in Anthropological Genetics" and will take place on Wednesday March 25 from 1-4 pm in Grand Suite 3 of the Hilton. Our speakers include Deborah Bolnick, John Hawks, Ripan Malhi, Joe Orkin, PJ Perry, and Jennifer Raff, who will cover a range of topics relating to science communication and outreach. We will discuss different methods of communication with the public, characteristics of effective science communication, and various ways to incorporate outreach efforts into your research program. The workshop will be run as a panel discussion with plenty of ...

AAPA Auction Items Sought and Auction Photo Contest!

Submitted 25 February 2015 by Susan Anton

The AAPA Auction is nearly here! And once again we are looking for your donated items including your best field photos to auction. If you have items to donate please email Susan Antón ([email protected]) about them. Please send photos to Anne Stone ([email protected]) who with the aid of a group of physical anthropologists, will select ~5 for framing and auctioning. The deadline for submission is March 13, 2015. The AAPA auction will be on Thursday evening at the meetings and all proceeds directly benefit AAPA Student Travel Awards.

Call for participation in our survey about publication practices and performance measurement practices in science

Submitted 24 February 2015 by Stefanie Ringelhan

Dear colleagues,

As part of the FAceS project (, the Chair for Strategy and Organization (Prof. Isabell M. Welpe) at the Technische Universität München, Germany, is currently conducting a survey about publication practices and performance measurement in science. To attain representative knowledge about publication practices and performance measurement across different countries and disciplines (e.g., biology, physics, chemistry, medicine), we are particularly interested in your assessment and specifications on this topic. Participation in this survey will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants will be offered the chance to participate in the raffle for an iPad mini. Upon ...

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