Archive for March, 2012

Field and Laboratory Methods in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is now accepting applications for the following summer course:

Anthro 598 – Field and Laboratory Methods in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology

500/credit @ 6 credits

June 4 – July 6

Dr. Ventura Perez, Director
Heidi Bauer-Clapp, Instructor

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in excavations of human remains. The focus is on techniques used in both archaeological site survey and crime scene recovery and laboratory analysis of the resulting data.

The course will be divided into three units. The first unit will introduce students to field and laboratory techniques, including familiarity with the human skeletal system, recognizing what constitutes bioarchaeological or forensic data, ethics, and violence theory. The second unit will consist of excavations of a pseudo-crime scene and pseudo-archaeological burial. The third unit will focus on laboratory techniques used to analyze the data generated from these two excavation sites.

Enrollment is by permission of the instructor.  Students wishing to enroll must submit an application by April 20, 2012, to Heidi Bauer-Clapp, Department of Anthropology, 215 Machmer Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003.  Email applications are accepted:  Applications are available at the UMass Amherst Anthropology Department website

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Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund

For the past 20 years, Graduate Fellowships for International Research are supported by an endowment to the Oregon University System (OUS) that established the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff). Similar endowments in 69 institutions or consortia in 44 countries have been established by the Nippon Foundation and are administered through the Tokyo Foundation. The goal of the Sylff Program is to nurture future leaders who will transcend geopolitical, religious, ethnic, and cultural boundaries in the world community for the peace and the well‐being of humankind. General information about Sylff programs is available at:

The stipend for OUS‐Sylff fellows is up to $12,000 for the academic year to assist with educational and research expenses. Approximately eight fellowships are awarded each year and partial fellowship stipends may be given each year to help subsidize research‐ related expenses and travel.

Fellowship stipends are awarded to full‐time degree‐seeking graduate students for one academic year of graduate work involving research and scholarly endeavors in programs and projects with an international dimension. The focus is on master’s and doctoral degree‐seeking students within OUS who have high potential for leadership in international affairs, in public life or private endeavor. Outstanding students in the social/behavioral sciences, arts and humanities, and directly‐related professional fields (e.g., public policy, business, law, and communications) will be considered through nomination by their respective graduate department/program.

Each department or graduate program may nominate a single student. The nominating department or graduate program is then required to oversee the submission of the complete nomination/application file. In addition, the nominating department or graduate program must indicate its own (or its institution’s) commitment to the financial support of nominees (e.g., via a graduate teaching or research assistantship, tuition waiver, or fellowship/scholarship). Although nominations may be made for students lacking supplemental funding, priority will be given to those nominations in which a strong commitment to institutional support of the graduate student is exhibited. This fellowship is an opportunity to assist outstanding graduate students with an attractive package of support.

Departments/graduate programs are responsible for nominating student applicants and for submitting complete nomination files, which shall include:
–A nominating letter from the department chair or graduate program director indicating the departmental/institutional commitment to financial support of the nominee;
–Three letters of reference addressing the student’s qualifications and potential related to this fellowship;
–The application form prepared by the student; Official undergraduate* and graduate transcripts; GRE score* (if required by the department/program); and  TOEFL score* (for international students whose native language is not

[*Photocopies of undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores may be submitted by the nominating department/program only if the original hard copies are on‐file in the academic department/program.]

The application form can be downloaded from Questions about the application process may be addressed to (541) 346‐2807 or

Complete nomination files must be submitted to the address below and received no later than Friday, April 6, 2012.

Graduate School ATTN: Sylff Selection Committee 1219 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403‐1219

The OUS‐ Sylff Steering Committee will announce selection of fellowship awardees in June 2012.

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“The Archaeology of the Portland Basin, AD 1400-1830”

The Northwest Examiner, Oregon Encyclopedia, and McMenamin’s Mission Theater present Anthropology Professor Emeritus Ken Ames, “The Archaeology of the Portland Basin, AD 1400-18”

When: Tuesday, April 3, 7 :00 pm

Where: McMenamin’s Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR

Cost: Free & open to the public. Minors allowed with gaurdian

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Archaeology Roadshow in the Oregonian!

The PSU Anthropology Department is in the news! check out the Oregonian’s coverage of the Archaeology Roadshow:

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Inuit Horizons: Reflections on the Concepts of Region and Network

Dr. Claudio Aporta
Fulbright Canada Visiting Chair, Canadian Studies, University of Washington

Tuesday, April 10th, 4:00-5:00pm
Cramer 41

Traveling is still an essential aspect of people’s lives in most Inuit communities of the Canadian Eastern Arctic. Inuit travel along well-known routes that belong to the individual and social memory of the people, and that are traced every year in the same general locations. This talk will present some preliminary results and ideas from a project conducted by Claudio Aporta (Carleton University) and Michael Bravo (University of Cambridge) on Inuit regional identity and geographic knowledge.

Dr. Claudio Aporta, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, conducts ethnographic research in Nunavut, Canada’s Inuit territory. Dr. Aporta studies the relationship between Inuit and their physical environment and the transmission of oral geographic knowledge in historical and contemporary context.

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Spanish & Anthropology Summer Programs in Argentina & Peru

Two important updates to our 2012 Spanish & Anthropology summer programs in Argentina & Peru.

1)  Extended deadlines.  Because of spring break interruptions, the final registration date has been extended two weeks:
a)  Cusco, Peru20.May to 30. June.  Register by April 1.
b)  Mendoza, Argentina1.July to 11.August.   Register by April 1
2)  Six added one-to-one hours (Value $120).  As requested by many past students, we are able to add a weekly private Spanish lesson for each participant.  Go ahead and use these hours to shore up any weaknesses, such as pronunciation issues, a particular grammar concept, idiom usage, etc.

Pre-registration (no deposit yet) for each program is on the Spanish & Anthropology site.

Also, if you’ve not registered for our free eCourse, sign up now to receive Anthropology Piqueos.  You’ll receive 18 bite-sized lessons conveniently delivered to your inbox.

Registration Form

Each six week program’s $1,990 tuition includes the equivalent of two semesters of Spanish plus an anthropology seminar.

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Walter Echo-Hawk at the Native American Student and Community Center

The Native American Student and Community Center invites you to an evening with special guest

Walter Echo-Hawk

In his most recent book In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided Echo-Hawk reveals how American law was used to destroy Native American culture.

“Indigenous rights are never freely given—they must be demanded, wrested away, then vigilantly protected. That is the essence of freedom.”
— Walter Echo-Hawk

Friday, May 4, 2012
7:00 p.m. Refreshments
7:30 p.m. Keynote address

Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom
1825 SW Broadway

Free & open to the public  

Reserve tickets today!

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NWSA Now Accepting Graduate Scholarship Applications

The National Women’s Studies Association offers the following scholarships for graduate students.  Please see all of NWSA’s prizes and awards, including online application forms here.
To be considered for the following scholarships, applicants must:
  • be current 2012 members before the deadline
  • use the online forms for submission
  • meet the requirements as described in each application

Incomplete applications or applications without a membership will not be considered.

NWSA Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: May 15

NWSA will award $1,000 to a student who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a Master’s Thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women’s studies.

The research project must be on women and must enhance the NWSA mission.

Lesbian Caucus Award

Deadline: May 15
The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a $500 research award in recognition of a Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation research project that resonates with the mission of NWSA and the goals of the Lesbian Caucus.
Women of Color Caucus Student Essay Awards
Deadline: May 15
The purpose of the Women of Color Caucus Student Essay Awards is to discover, encourage, and promote the intellectual development of emerging scholars who engage in critical theoretical discussions and/or analyses about feminist or womanist issues concerning women and girls of color in the United States and the diaspora.
Four (4) $500 awards are available for women of color currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program and are current members of NWSA.

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Departmental Scholarships now available

Two departmental scholarships are now available for Anthropology undergraduate and graduate students:

The Thomas M. Newman Fund is open to any Anthropology Graduate Student in good standing. Awards will be made to assist students with one-time expenses not covered by financial aid or graduate assistantships. Students can apply for funds to assist them with thesis research (e.g. a radiocarbon date, informant’s fees, travel to a research locality, specialized equipment), attend a conference to present a paper or poster, and the like. It cannot be used for the purchase of books or to defray educational costs (e.g. fees or tuition). One to two awards between $500.00 and $750.00 per award are anticipated annually. Application should be returned to the Anthropology Department, CH 141, by Monday, May 7 2012.

 The Daniel Scheans Scholarship Fund was established in 1998. The award is between $500 – $1000 each year and will be made on the basis of scholastic achievement and merit to a student at Portland State University. The recipient of the award will be an undergraduate with a major in anthropology.  The student must be admitted and enrolled at the time of the award. Undergraduates applying for the scholarship are required to have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours in anthropology, or be in their senior year. These requirements include work in progress at the time of application.

The applicant must be enrolled in two out of three academic terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring) during 2011-12 academic year, and a full-time student at PSU in Spring term when the award is made. Applicant must also be a full- time student at PSU the following Fall term when the scholarship money is issued. Minimum enrollment for an undergraduate is 12 credit hours per term. The award will be made in one payment in the Fall 2012 term.  Normally, the award will not be renewable. But, you may apply more than once for the scholarship. Please Note: if you are receiving Financial Aid, this award may reduce the amount paid to you. The award should be used to reduce the amount of your loans. Application should be returned to the Anthropology Department, CH 141, by Monday May 7 2012.

For application materials go to

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Possibility Unbound: A Preview of the Verdell and Otto Rutherford Collection

Portland State University students will present their findings among the treasures of the Rutherford papers and discuss the state of the collection as a resource for students, teachers, and other researchers interested in African American history and the Oregon experience.


Questions? Contact

Sponsored by Library Special Collections, the History Department, the Black Studies Department and the Diversity Action Council

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