Archive for June, 2012

Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies hiring Research Technician

The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage is seeking a “Research Technician 3” for an evaluation project in Fairbanks, AK. The project focuses on a Housing First model intervention for formerly homeless individuals with chronic alcohol dependence and mental health issues. The position requires someone with a background in social science and some experience working with Alaska Native or American Indian populations. Semi-structured and structured interviewing, as well as observational data collection will be key functions. The position is part-time ($19.70 per hour/5-20 hours per week) and temporary (up to 2 years). We would be happy consider someone who could integrate this opportunity into their graduate education requirements.

Use the link below for additional information and to apply.

For questions, please contact:

Rick Brown, PhD

Posting Number: 0064371

Quicklink: <>

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McMenamins Mission Theater Oregon Encyclopedia History Night

McMenamins Mission Theater Oregon Encyclopedia History Night: Discovering Fort Vancouver

Sponsored by Northwest Examiner

Monday, July 2, 2012 – 7 p.m. – Free

Presented by: Dr. Douglas C. Wilson, Archaeologist, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Dr. Wilson will discuss the development of the Northwest through the artifacts and narratives of Fort Vancouver, the fur trade headquarters of the Hudson Bay Company and the first US Army post in the Northwest. Fort Vancouver’s museum collection, centered on over 60 years of National Park Service archaeological excavations, provides a tangible means to understanding technological change, health and diet, the history of globalization, and the creation of the Northwest identity.

McMenamins Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St.

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Sweeney thesis defense

You are invited to attend Phil Sweeney’s thesis defense on Thursday, July 5th at 12:00 noon in CH 41.

Phil’s thesis is entitled “Taiwanese Language Medical School Curriculum: A Case Study of Symbolic Resistance through the Promotion of Alternative Literacy and Language Domain Norms.”

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Forest Service Archaeologist position


Pay Scale Band from $42,508 to $67,589

Forest Service Region 9

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

30239 S. State Route 53

Wilmington, Illinois 60481

 The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (Midewin) is considering advertising to fill one position with a pay scale band from $42,508 to $67,589 depending on qualifications and experience.  The official duty station is Wilmington, Illinois located about 45 miles southwest of Chicago.  This is not a virtual position and government housing is not available.  Midewin was established in 1996 as the first national tallgrass prairie in the country and in the National Forest System.  Midewin is also the largest open space in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area.

For additional information about this job, please contact:  Rick Short, Acting Public Services Team Leader at (815) 423-2150 or at

To express your interest in this position: Please send a resume to Rick Short, Acting Public Services Team Leader to or Fax to (815) 423-6376 or mail to 30239 S. State Route 53, Wilmington, Illinois 60481 by July 15, 2012 if you are interested in this challenging opportunity. 

About the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was established in 1996 as part of the peace time conversion of the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant and is administered by the Forest Service.  Midewin is implementing its first Land and Resource Management Plan to accomplish the four purposes outlined in its establishing legislation –to manage the land and water resources to conserve and enhance native populations and habitats of fish, wildlife, and plants; to provide opportunities for scientific, environmental, and land use education and research; to allow continued agricultural use under certain conditions; and to provide a variety of recreation opportunities.

Midewin operates in an unusually integrated manner with a wide variety of partners.  It is the largest open space, currently 19,000 acres in northeastern Illinois.  Check out our website at  to gain an overview of what’s current and planned at Midewin.

Major Duties

The Heritage Resource Program at Midewin provides support to accomplish the purposes of the establishing legislation and the Prairie Plan including the removal of army infrastructure, restoration of native habitats and the development new recreation infrastructure.

The incumbent is responsible for the follow major duties.

  • On-Site Management of Archeological Activities including evaluating well-precedented on-site problem areas, providing technical and administrative support to survey crews, conducting and/or supervising archeological survey in support of  project development or planning and assisting in developing contract specifications for cultural and heritage resource work.
  • Archeological/Heritage Resources Program Planning and Development including developing and carrying out projects related to stewardship enhancement and public interpretation of cultural resources, such as partnership agreements and site steward programs, providing appropriate budget and project planning data for anticipated cultural resource management activities, assisting in ensuring integration with cultural resource activities and establishment of priorities and assisting in archeological program implementation.
  • Archeological Program Reporting and Evaluation.
  • Providing advisory services for archeological programs including providing advice and assistance on well-precedented archeological problems, questions, or issues, assisting program staff on projects for protecting or mitigating significant cultural sites, providing implementation points for the integration of heritage program goals with other FS program mission objectives with on-going projects, and conducting prepared heritage training and informational sessions for FS personnel.
  • Collateral duties will include serving as Midewin’s tribal relations coordinator.

The Midewin Area

 Although Midewin is located 45 miles southwest of Chicago, the third largest metropolitan area in the country, a rural atmosphere predominates throughout the small to mid-sized farming communities that surround Midewin.  There are numerous schools, hospitals, doctors, churches, and communities to choose from and cultural opportunities are nearly limitless.

Wilmington, Illinois is a full service community with a population of 5,000 and is located adjacent to the Kankakee River.  Fishing is quite popular along the Kankakee and throughout various other rivers and small lakes that surround the area.  The climate in this area is defined by four distinct seasons.  Summer temperatures can reach the lower 90’s, accompanied with occasional, high humidity.  Spring and fall tend to be quite pleasant with average temperatures in the 60’s & 70’s.  Winter temperatures will frequently dip below freezing and it is not unusual to see several inches of snow covering the ground December through early February.

The Midewin headquarters is located along State Highway 53 two miles north of the town of Wilmington, Illinois.  Midewin team members live in many area communities, ranging from the more urban Joliet, population 83,000, to smaller communities tucked around the surrounding farm fields, like Essex, 500, or nearby Elwood, 1,000   For more information on Wilmington, there is a community website available at  Many options for residing in larger communities are available within an easy half hour commute.  There is no public transit currently available to the Midewin office.  The closest Metra station providing access to Chicago is in Joliet.

Medical facilities are plentiful, including easy access to nationally-recognized institutions in Chicago.  Cultural events range from performances at the historic Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, to fine playhouses at local universities, to a variety of festivals celebrating local heritage, to the wide theater, restaurant, and museum options of Chicago.

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Fort Vancouver 2012 Field School Lecture Series

See the 2012 Field School Lecture Series:

Also check out the field school website and blog:

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Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) volunteers needed

This is a call out to all students and fans of science, international relations, exploration and fun!

This July, Portland State will host approximately 1000 scientists from many different countries and disciplines who have either visited or researched one of the oldest AND newest places on Earth – Antarctica.

SCAR 2012

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an integrated body under the Antarctic Treaty System that provides scientific advice on issues of science and conservation related to the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

SCAR will hold its biannual Science Week conference and associated meetings here in downtown Portland over July 13-25 2012.

Portland State University is proud to be an integral part of this event, and would like to offer you the opportunity to get involved as a volunteer.

To make this landmark event a success, the SCAR 2012 local organizing committee needs volunteers to help with:

  • Assisting plenary, breakout and poster session presenters share their research on Antarctic biology, ecology, geology, and more
  • Attendee registration, information and assistance
  • Showcasing Portland and PSU as a place of community, sustainability and fun!

If this sounds like an opportunity for you to learn, make new friends and contacts, or show visitors your favorite Portland stories and places, then WE WANT YOU!

What we are offering

In exchange for 20 hours of your precious volunteer time before or during the conference, you will receive:

  • FREE access to all of the Open Science Conference sessions
  • Flexibility to complete your 20 hours in 4- or 8- hour shifts over a two-week period
  • Conference T-shirt

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us! Send an email to the addresses below with the following:

  • Put “SCAR Volunteer YES” in the subject line
  • Your age, country (or State if US citizen) of origin, occupation, and major (if a student)
  • Your availability over July 1-25 e.g. “after 4pm Mon-Fri” or “Weekdays 8-5 except Tues” etc
  • Your T-shirt size

This information will assist us with developing effective volunteer teams and a schedule that works for everyone.

Thanks for your attention!

Serin Bussell (
Simon Ngawhika (
SCAR 2012 volunteer coordinators

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PSU Alum Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations are due to to Bonnie McCay for recently being elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences! Dr. McCray received her BA in Anthropology from PSU in 1969, and went on to earn her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.

Read more here:


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PhD students wanted for Northern Colonialism: Historical Connections, Contemporary Lives.

The University of Aberdeen invites applications for three PhD studentships on the theme of Northern Colonialism: Historical Connections, Contemporary Lives.

These studentships are part of the University’s strategic investment in northern research and aim to foster path-breaking interdisciplinary research on the processes and impact of colonialism in the North. The Northern Colonialism programme builds upon existing expertise in Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Geology and is structured around three themes: Economies and Polities, Environments, and Cultural Transformations.

Doctoral students will undertake ethnographic, archaeological, archival, museum and/or material culture research to consider the intersections of history, colonialism, and contemporary social life in The North. The North is defined here not so much by latitude as by the intersection of climatic, environmental, historical, geopolitical and cultural conditions, all of which come together to give the region a significance for the future of life on earth quite out of proportion to its relatively sparse human population.

For further details on the programme and how to apply, please see:

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This Summer–Art 399: Art and Anthropology

Art 399: Art and Anthropology

August 20 – September 13
1-5 pm
4 credits

Art and Anthropology is a seminar concerned with the art and philosophy of non-western cultures. We will use what we learn in class and reflect back upon our own art making practices. Students will learn anthropological concepts and terms and apply them in the context of making art. Open to non majors but the class involves active participation and production.

Professors Una Kim (Artist) and Glen Perice (Anthropologist)

80083 ART 399

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Understanding the (Pre?)History of Foxes in the Kuril Islands

Michael Etnier (University of Washington/Western Washington University) presents:

Understanding the (Pre?)History of Foxes in the Kuril Islands

Red foxes and arctic foxes are an important predator in island ecosystems such as the Aleutians (Alaska) and the Kurils (Russia). While many scholars assume 19th-20th century introductions through Russian/Japanese fox farming marks the first arrival of foxes to these islands, recent archaeological work suggests the animals have a much deeper history there. Etnier’s presentation reviews results from his on-going project analyzing fox remains recovered from sites excavated as part of the the Kuril Biocomplexity Project (2006-2008), including geochemistry and genetics, and the larger implications of zooarchaeology to conservation biology.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 7, 4:00pm

Smith 294

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