Archive for December, 2012

Upcoming Library Workshops

Library Skills Refresher Brownbag
An overview of services, resources and research assistance the Library provides to support your scholarship
1/16/13: 12-1 p.m., OGS
Presenter: Kristen Kern, Fine and Performing Arts Librarian
Organizing Your Information
Organizational skills are critical to success in research. This session will present tips for staying organized, not getting overwhelmed with information, and approaching research methodically. This runs from note taking to citation management with programs like Zotero and Mendeley.
1/17/13: 3-4:30 p.m. Room 160, Library – No registration required
Presenter: Michael Bowman, AUL for Public Services, Engineering and Computer Science Librarian

Enrich Your Research with Data: Data Sets for the Social Sciences
2/14/13: 12-1 p.m. Online. To register: http://library.pdx.edu/workshops/event_detail.php?id=276
Presenter: Emily Ford
The Literature Review for Theses and Dissertations 
A complete literature review conducted in an efficient and organized manner can set the stage for success in a large research project like a thesis or dissertation. This session will show students how to conduct a literature review. This session will NOT cover citation management programs such as EndNote, Zotero, etc.
3/22/13: 11-12:30 p.m. Room 160, Library
Presenter: Kim Pendell, Social Sciences Librarian

Managing Resources with Zotero and Mendeley

Presenter: Meredith Farkas

Zotero and Mendeley are web-based and desktop citation management tools that make it easy to collect, organize and cite research materials. Both are terrific tools for anyone working on a research project, as they can help you manage your research materials from multiple sources and insert them into your publications with ease. Bring a laptop to these sessions if you want to use the tools in-class and visit http://guides.library.pdx.edu/managecitations for info on installing and using Zotero and Mendeley.
Zotero and Mendeley Basics
This will provide a basic overview of each system.
1/16/13,: 12-1 p.m. Online  To register: http://library.pdx.edu/workshops/event_detail.php?id=286&m=1&y=2013
1/18/13,: 1-2 p.m. Room 160, Library – No registration required.

Zotero for Beginners

2/15/13, 2-3pm. Room 170, Library – No registration required.
Mendeley for Beginners
2/15/13, 1-2pm. Room 170, Library – No registration required.
Advanced Zotero User Group
3/1/12, 1-2pm. Room 170, Library – No registration required.
Advanced Mendeley User Group
3/1/12, 2-3pm. Room 170, Library – No registration required.

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“An Annus Horribilis for Anthropology?”

Check out the recent article concerning career prospects for Anthropologists from Science magazine: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/338/6114/1520.full.pdf

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ArchaeologyFest Film Series: Best of 2012

A benefit for The Archaeology Channel

International Film and Video Festival
5th Ave. Cinema
510 SW Hall St., Portland
January 11/12 & 18/19, 2013
Doors open at 7 pm and programs begin at 7:30 pm on dates indicated.  Admission $6.  Tickets at the door.  These are the best films from the 2011 edition of TAC Festival.  (The 2013 edition of TAC Festival takes place in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute in downtown Eugene, May 7-11, 2013.)
Program A: Friday, January 11
• An Introduction to Contemporary Archaeology (UK) 9 min.
This short film is a short introduction (and a spoof!) to the new field of “contemporary archaeology.”  Dr. Brooklyn Honswoggle-Smythe, Buckinghamshire New University’s youngest and most brilliant Contemporologist, guides you through the ins and outs and back-ins of the world of contemporary archaeology—the new subject everyone’s talking about!  Did you know archaeologists could laugh about themselves?  Or should this gibe at the modern theoretitician be taken seriously at some level?  (Honorable Mention by jury in Best Film competition and for Narration, Public Education Value, and Inspiration; Special Mention by jury for most innovative representation of archaeology)
• The Lord of Sipan (Spain) 52 min.
This is the story of a Great Lord of the Moche culture, who was buried with honors so that his message would endure in time, and an archaeologist named Walter Alva, who rescued this Lord from his tomb to fulfill his ancient plan.  The Moche culture developed on the northern coast of Peru between 100 BC and AD 400.  It is a mysterious culture that disappeared shortly after reaching its peak. Today, everyone has heard of the Moche, thanks to the discoveries made during the last two decades. The discoveries continue, and this unique civilization still surprises the world.  (Audience Favorite)
• The Tomb of the Hidden Mummies (Greece) 10 min.
In 1871, in the cliffs of Deir El Behri near the village of Qurna, not far from Luxor in Egypt, a young boy called Ahmed El-Rassul accidentally discovered a hidden tomb in a mountain near his home.  Ahmed and his family looted the tomb for over a decade until their activities became known to the Egyptian antiquities service.  When archaeologists arrived, they were stunned by what they saw: more than fifty royal mummies.  This discovery had a profound impact on what was known of Egyptian history and reminded everyone that looting has been an Egyptian nemesis for thousands of years.  (Honorable Mention by jury in Animation and Effects)
• A Gift from Talking God (USA) 30 min.
To the Navajo people of the American Southwest, “sheep is life.”  The Navajo-Churro sheep is the original breed, which has sustained the Navajo, Pueblo, and Hispanic people for 400 years.  On the verge of extinction a generation ago, the Navajo-Churro is making a comeback to the Navajo people.  The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity recognizes the breed as a culturally and genetically important animal, worthy of international recognition.  This film offers a portrait of rarely seen traditional Navajo lifeways and sustainable herding practices in the remote Arizona-New Mexico homeland.  (Honorable Mention by Audience in Audience Favorite competition)
• A Treasure of Gold (Greece) 9 min.
In the 1970s, near the village of Aidonia, in the Greek municipality of Nemea, a mule fell into a hole.  Upon rescuing the animal, villagers discovered a rare golden treasure buried amidst a group of skeletons.  A few years later, archaeologists arrived at the looted site.  Sixteen of the 18 tombs already had been emptied, but a small stash of jewelry had been overlooked by the tomb robbers.  Later, a collection of Mycenaean jewelry went up for sale at an auction house in New York City.  This is the story of the plunder of Mycenaean tombs and of the recovery of a treasure made of gold.
Program B: Saturday,  January 12
• Etruscan Odyssey: Expanding Archaeology (USA) 17 min.
The early Mediterranean civilization of Etruria flourished for a thousand years and then vanished, leaving art and artifacts, but little trace of its history.  After decades of painstaking work, archaeologists now are beginning to piece together a fascinating portrait of daily life in Etruscan society.  Etruscan Odyssey engages viewers with a brief historical background utilizing stunning images of artifacts from the finest known collections of Etruscan art.  These works highlight the expert aesthetic and technical prowess of the Etruscans, which continues to inspire a desire to find out more about the lost culture at the heart of the Mediterranean tradition.
• The Fate of Old Beijing (China) 20 min.
In the face of China’s rapid modernization, the country is struggling to preserve its cultural heritage, and nowhere is this more visible than in the ancient alleyways and courtyards of Beijing.  The hutongs are more than simply housing: they are a way of life.  The communal aspect to life within the hutongs means that few residents want to leave—even as their neighborhoods are being demolished and redeveloped.  This film explores the vanishing world of Beijing’s hutongs, the realities of life within those narrow streets, and the future for these culturally irreplaceable areas.
• Bitter Roots  (USA) 71 min.
Bitter Roots puts to rest a Kalahari Myth.  Set in Nyae-Nyae, a region of Namibia in southern Africa’s Kalahari desert, traditional home of the Ju’hoansi, Bitter Roots observes the erosion of a community-led development process in Nyae-Nyae following an imposition of a new agenda by the World Wildlife Fund, which prioritizes wildlife conservation and tourism over subsistence farming.  The film sensitively examines the problems facing the Ju’hoansi, challenging the myth that they are culturally unable to farm.  The film investigates how the Ju’hoansi cope with the expectations of tourists and filmakers while steadfastly continuing to farm against all odds.  (Special Mention by jury for best representation of cultural change; Honorable Mention by jury for Public Education Value)
Program C: Friday, January 18
• Mémère Métisse (Canada) 30 min.
For over sixty years, Cecile St. Amant has been keeping a deep secret: she is Métis (Canadian aboriginal group of mixed First Nations and European heritage).  Cecile’s granddaughter sets out to understand her Mémère’s (grandmother’s) denial and playfully plots her own mission to open her Mémère’s eyes to the richness of her heritage.  She soon realizes that her Mémère will not be easily convinced that being Métis is something to be proud of.  Her persistent prodding reveals a generation’s legacy of shame and the profound courage of the human spirit to overcome it.  (Honorable Mention by jury for Inspiration)
• Robert Blake and the Civil War Sieges of Taunton (UK) 12 min.
Be prepared for a truly fresh look at the exploits of English Parliamentarian commander Robert Blake under Oliver Cromwell during the first English Civil War.  From July 1664 to July 1665, the city of Taunton, the only Parliamentery enclave in the southwest of England, led by Colonel Blake, held out against the Royalist forces led by Lord Goring.  Blake, who went on to become a legendary admiral, famously declared that he had four pairs of boots and would eat three pairs before he would surrender.  This film relates the archaeology and history of the period as well as Blake’s influence.  (Best Narration and Best Music by jury; Honorable Mention by jury in Script, Cinematography, and in Best Film competition)
• Ramesses the Second: The Great Journey (France) 63 min.
Under the reign of Ramesses the Second, pharaoh of the New Empire’s 19th Dynasty, Egypt was living the final hours of its golden age.  After a reign of 67 years, the powerful emperor died at the age of 92.  He became the legendary “Ramesses the Great.”  His mummy was interred in the heart of the Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes, marking the beginning of his Great Journey towards the afterlife on the condition that his tomb be preserved for all time.  (Best Animation and Effects by Jury; Honorable Mention by jury in Best Film competition, Public Education Value, Script, Cinematography, Music, and in Audience Favorite competition)
Program D: Saturday, January 19
• The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz (USA) 54 min.
When anthropologist Spencer MacCallum bought three pieces of pottery from a second-hand store in Deming, New Mexico, in 1976, he had no idea that he was about to begin a journey that would lead to the revival of an ancient art form.  In Mata Ortiz, México, MacCallum partnered with self-taught artist Juan Quezada and slowly created an industry that today is known world-wide.  The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz tells the improbable story of how Quezada and MacCallum both experienced creative and personal breakthroughs which led to dazzling, innovating works by Quezada and a passing of the torch to younger, award-winning artists such as Diego Valles.  (Best Script and Most Inspirational by jury; Honorable Mention by jury in Best Film competition, Narration, Public Education Value, Cinematography, and Music; Honorable Mention by audience in Audience Favorite competition; Special Mention by jury for best representation of sustainability of cultural change)
• The Hobbit Enigma (Australia) 52 min.
This dynamic film examines one of the greatest controversies in science today: what did scientists find when they uncovered the tiny, human-like skeleton of a strange creature, known to many as the Hobbit, on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003?  Are the bones a previously unknown and bizarre primitive species of human?  The Hobbit discovery forces us to rethink some of the most fundamental questions of human origins. With exclusive access to ongoing interdisciplinary research and new fieldwork, this is a comprehensive account of a startling new view of human evolution.  (Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Public Education Value by jury;  Honorable Mention by jury for Narration, Animation and Effects, Script, and Inspiration; Special Mention by jury for best representation of archaeology)
TAC Festival 2013 to be held in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute

ALI announces the next edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, May 7-11, 2013, in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute, 868 High Street, in downtown Eugene, Oregon.  TAC Festival will bring to Oregon the world’s best films on archaeology, ancient cultures, and the world of indigenous peoples.  Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Tom Dillehay, who singlehandedly overturned the Clovis-first hypothesis, speaking on “Entangled Knowledge and the Quest for New Models on the Peopling of the Americas.”  Please join us in welcoming to Eugene the people of the world for this cinematic celebration of the human cultural heritage.  Details at http://archaeologychannel.org/events-guide/international-film-and-video-festival.

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Oregon Archaeological Society Lecture Series 2013

Jan. 8, 2013: Cassandra Manetas (M.A., PSU):  “The Role of Salmon in Middle Snake River Human Economy: The Hetrick Site in Regional Contexts”

Feb. 12, 2013: Dr. Doug Wilson (PSU and Fort Vancouver):  Kanaka Village at Fort Vancouver: update on field work

March 5, 2013: Dr. Lawrence Straus (Univ. of New Mexico):   “40,000 years of life and death in a Spanish
cave: excavations in El Miron, Cantabria”

April 2, 2013:  Dr. Dennis Jenkins (Univ. of Oregon):  Update on Analysis from Paisley Caves

May 7, 2013: Dr. Jon Erlandson (Univ. of Oregon): Evidence of First American Coastal Migration: Findings from the Channel Islands

Where/When: The presentations are held at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and are free and open to the public. A general business meeting begins at 7 PM, followed by the lecture.

See www.oregonarchaeological.org or call 503-727-3507 for more information.

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Job posting: Archaeologist

Archaeologist GS-0193-9

 Salmon-Challis National Forest

North Fork Ranger District

North Fork, Idaho

 Respond by January 18, 2013

Position Title, Series and Grade:  Archeologist, GS-193-9

Tour of Duty: Permanent, Full-time

Duty Station:  North Fork Ranger District, North Fork, Idaho

The Salmon-Challis National Forest is seeking to hire a permanent archaeologist in the near future. The position is located on the North Fork Ranger District in North Fork, Idaho. Information received as a result of this outreach will assist in determining the type of vacancy announcement to be used (merit and/or demo).

For additional information on this position, please contact North Zone Archaeologist, Camille Sayer at (208) 865-2716.

If you are interested in being considered for this position please complete the outreach response form below and send to North Zone Archaeologist, Camille Sayer csayer@fs.fed.us by close of business January 18, 2013.

This is a pre-announcement. Responding to this outreach will ensure you are alerted when the position is formally advertised. The announcement will be posted on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) web site: www.usajobs.opm.gov . The announcement will contain all of the information you need to apply for the position.

Position Duties

Critical Experience and Skill Related to the Position:

Cultural Resource Inventory and Site Documentation

Field Crew Leadership

GIS Mapping

Technical Writing

Cultural Resource Report Preparation

Section 106 Regulation and Procedure

 

The incumbent will assist the North Zone Archaeologist in the completion of a wide range of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) work across the forest. Their assigned duties will focus on project planning through GIS, field inventory and documentation, evaluating impacts of forest management on cultural resources, and project report preparation. The position requires a highly experienced individual who is able to independently execute projects in accordance with established professional archaeological standards as well as state and national guidelines. Field duties include cultural resource inventory design and implementation, crew oversight, site identification and National Register evaluation, and technical oversight of data collection and analysis. The individual will serve as a crew chief; supervising, training and scheduling activities for seasonal employees throughout the field season.  Experience at the “Crew Chief” level is a must.

The incumbent must also be fully proficient in ArcGIS spatial analysis and map creation as well as have a working knowledge of GPS data collection and manipulation. Manipulation and management of  ArcGIS and other site and inventory databases is central to all aspects of the job. The individual will be responsible for independently preparing several cultural resource inventory reports annually. Solid technical writing skills and knowledge of Section 106 compliance regulations and consultation procedures are required. The incumbent will be expected to participate on small project NEPA teams and complete the necessary analyses and document preparation. The incumbent is expected to provide support for fire suppression activities through archival research using ArcGIS and on the ground advising and monitoring. The individual will also assist in the development and completion of established Heritage Program goals that center on stewardship enhancement and public interpretation of cultural resources.

The position requires working outdoors for several months of the year. While the incumbent’s duty station will be in North Fork, this position requires work across the entire North Zone of the Forest and will often include driving many hours to remote locations on rough, primitive roads. Good navigation skills are a must. Accomplishment of the necessary duties will, at times, require arduous field work in inclement weather conditions. Standard field work involves hiking for several hours a day in steep, rugged, mountainous terrain. Extended overnight backpacking, pack stock or camping trips are periodically required. The incumbent must be able to carry a 45 pound backpack and lift heavy cargo and gear.

The Forest

The Salmon-Challis National Forest covers over 4.3 million acres in east-central Idaho. The Forest is bordered by the Bitterroot Range of the North Central Rockies on the east and includes over 1.3 million acres of the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness to the west. Rugged and remote, this country offers adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery. The Forest also contains Mt. Borah, Idaho’s tallest peak and the Wild & Scenic Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.  The area is a highly desired destination for hunting, fishing, white-water rafting and many other popular recreational pursuits. The Forest features diverse, rough topography, geologic conditions, and miles of streams with anadromous fish spawning habitat creating a highly complex land management situation.  The Forest Supervisor Office is located in Salmon, Idaho. There are currently six administrative units on the Forest:  Salmon-Cobalt, Challis-Yankee Fork, Lost River, Middle Fork, North Fork and Leadore Ranger Districts. For more information on the Forest, visit the website www.fs.fed.us/r4/sc .

The Area

The Community:  North Fork has a Post Office, small café, lodging and a small gas/convenience store. North Fork is located 24 miles north of the small city of Salmon, Idaho. Salmon is the heart of the Salmon River Valley, surrounded by three mountain ranges, situated at the junction of Idaho State Highway 28 and U.S. Highway 93, and at the forks of the Lemhi and Salmon Rivers.  The city has a population of approximately 3,100 and is the seat of Lemhi County which has a population of 8,000.  The main industries are ranching, recreation, mining and timber. Salmon is known as the “White Water Capital of the World” serving as the hub of personal and outfitter, jet boat and rafting river activities. At 4,000 feet elevation, the surrounding terrain varies greatly from rolling, arid hills to steep, forested slopes.  For more information about the city and area, visit the website www.salmonidaho.com.

Shopping and Services:  Salmon is a self-contained community with a full variety of shopping, business, medical, and professional services.  In addition to basic services, there are a variety of specialty shops and art galleries. Salmon also has nursing and residential care facilities, hospice, Child Development Center and a spectrum of social services. Most service clubs and associations are represented.  The public library offers computer and other services, and there are two internet access providers. Local media includes a radio station, satellite and cable TV and the weekly Recorder-Herald newspaper.

Medical:  The City of Salmon has a local community hospital affiliated with the major hospital of Missoula, Montana, and provides Life-Flight helicopter, EMT, Search and Rescue units, physicians, dentists, optometrists, and specialist affiliations.

Schools:  A good variety of pre-schools and day-care centers are available in addition to the elementary, junior and senior high schools. The schools offer numerous extra-curricular activities including sports and strive for quality education with creative, athletic, and scholastic achievements.

Housing:  There are five motels in Salmon and various bed and breakfast accommodations in the surrounding vicinity. Housing prices range from approximately $65,000 to over $400,000 for larger “trophy” homes. Monthly rental for a typical three-bedroom home runs around $750. There are also mobile home parks and two in-city campgrounds. Government housing in North Fork may me an option.

Thank you for your interest in this position!

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2013 Anthropology Methods Mall

The 2013 Anthropology Methods Mall is online. This site has info about six, NSF-supported opportunities for methods training in cultural anthropology.

1.      SCRM (Short Courses on Research Methods. For those with the Ph.D.)

2.      SIRD (Summer Institute on Research Design. For graduate students)

3.      EFS (Ethnographic Field School. For graduate students)

4.      SIMA (Smithsonian Institution Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology. For graduate students)

5.      WRMA (Conference Workshops on Research Methods in Anthropology. For all anthropologists)

6.      DCRM (Distance Courses in Research Methods in Anthropology)

 

1. Now in its ninth year, the SCRM (Short Courses on Research Methods) program is for cultural anthropologists who already have the Ph.D. Three, five-day courses are offered during summer 2013 at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Behavioral Observation in Ethnographic Research (Instructors: Raymond Hames and Michael Paolisso) July 15-19, 2013

Statistics in Ethnographic Research (Instructors: Daniel Hruschka and David Nolin) July 22-July 26, 2013

Methods of Ethnoecology (Instructors: J. Richard Stepp and Justin Nolan) July 29-August 2, 2013

APPLY TO THE SHORT COURSES ON RESEARCH METHODS HERE. DEADLINE FEB. 15, 2013.

2. Now in its 18th year, the SIRD (Summer Institute on Research Design) is an intensive, three-week course for graduate students in cultural anthropology who are preparing their doctoral research proposals. The 2013 course runs from July 14-August 3, 2013 at the Duke University Marine Laboratory. Instructors: Jeffrey Johnson, Susan Weller, Amber Wutich, and H. Russell Bernard..

APPLY TO THE SUMMER INSTITUTE ON RESEARCH DESIGN HERE. DEADLINE March 1, 2013.

3. Now in its second year, the  EFS (Ethnographic Field School) in Tallahassee, Florida is a five-week field school in ethnographic methods and community-based participatory research. The program is open to graduate students in cultural anthropology. The 2013 field school runs from July 7-August 10, 2013 and is coordinated by Clarence (Lance) Gravlee. Guest faculty include Sarah Szurek, Tony Whitehead, and Stephen Schensul.
APPLY TO THE TALLAHASSEE FIELD SCHOOL HERE. DEADLINE FEB. 15, 2013.

4. Now in its fifth year, the SIMA (Smithsonian Institution Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology) is open to graduate students in cultural anthropology and related, interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous Studies, Folklore, etc.) who are interested in using museum collections as a data source and who are preparing for research careers. The course runs from June 24-July 19, 2013. Instructors: Candace Greene, Nancy Parezo, Mary Jo Arnoldi, Joshua Bell, and Gwyneira Isaac, plus visiting lecturers.

APPLY TO THE SUMMER INSTITUTE IN MUSEUM ANTHOPOLOGY HERE. DEADLINE March 1, 2013.

5. Now in its ninth year, the WRMA (Workshops in Research Methods in Anthropology) program offers one-day workshops in conjunction with national meetings of anthropologists. Click HERE for information about the next workshops at the meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Denver, Colorado, March 19-23, 2013.

 

6. Now in its second year, the DCRM (Distance Courses in Research Methods in Anthropology) is open to upper division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Four courses are offered in summer 2013: Text Analysis, Geospatial Analysis, Network Analysis, and Video Analysis.  The development of these fee-based courses is supported by the National Science Foundation. Enrollment is limited to 18 participants.

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Oregon Heritage MentorCorps

Oregon Heritage Mentors will provide information and basic training in collections and emergency preparedness for libraries, museums and archives in their region. In addition to enabling cooperative efforts by libraries, archives and museums where they live, they will support the quality of life in their communities and sustaining important cultural resources.

Oregon Heritage Mentors will receive six days of free training to assist them in helping heritage organizations in their community. The deadline to apply to be a mentor is Jan. 15. An application and information about the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/mentorcorps.aspx

Additional information is available from Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@state.or.us

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