Archive for February, 2013

Recognition: A Conversation

Join tribal representatives to discuss what recognition means for their people. With guest scholars Andrew H. Fisher (College of William & Mary) and Robert J. Miller (Lewis & Clark Law School)

All lectures take place in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, WSU Vancouver Campus

March 5, 6:30pm
Johnson Meninick, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation

March 6, 6:30pm
Mike Iyall, Cowlitz Indian Tribe

March 7, 6:30pm
Gary Johnson, Chinook Indian Nation

March 8, 7pm, Firstenburg Student Commons
Film “American Outrage”
Sponsored by the WSU Vancouver History Club and ASWSUV


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Oregon Encyclopedia History Night: Melissa Darby


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Dr. Jeremy Spoon presenting “Practice in Sacred Lanscapes”


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Student Research Showcase

This is a reminder of the March 8 registration deadline for the Student Research Showcase.  The Showcase is an innovative web-based competition which affords a great opportunity for students to compete in an international event without paying expensive travel costs.

Students are invited to submit project descriptions for consideration to present. Judging categories include Behavioral Sciences, Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geo-Sciences, Math & Computer Science, Physics & Astronomy, Physiology & Immunology and Social Sciences.

More than 400 judges from five continents have already volunteered to review student presentations.

For more information visit Contact with questions.

Students who wish to present should e-mail a brief (50 words or less) project description with the subject line “Showcase Presentation Description” to .

Approval to present and registration instructions will follow the submission of project descriptions within two business days.  Presentations must be pre-approved before a student may participate in the 2013 Research Showcase.

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Amanda Lubit Policy Defense

Amanda Lubit will be defending “Using Creative Community-Based Approaches to Jointly Address Mental Health and Conflict Resolution in Post-Conflict Libya”

Monday, March 4, 9:00am
CH 41

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Call for papers: Anthós

The goal of Portland State’s only undergraduate research journal, Anthós, is to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to publish their original research, and to provide a venue for our university to demonstrate the level of excellence that is demonstrable in our undergraduate students.

Though Anthós began publishing the most exemplary work of our undergraduate students in the 1990’s, our journal went on hiatus for several years due to lack of funding. However, since 2009 we have once again been offering undergraduate students the opportunity to publish their work, this time in an online format as well as in print. We are dedicated to offering this service to our undergraduate students and also to our university as a whole.

The deadline for submissions in our upcoming Spring 2013 issue is Feb 25, 2013.  Submissions should be sent to We have attached the ANTHOS flyer and guidelines with the appropriate information including necessary details.

William Forrest Holden, Editor
Patrick Belin, Editor
Joey van der Naald, Editor-in-Chief

Anthós Journal

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Spanish & Anthropology program in Cusco, Peru

Online registration is now available for the Spanish & Anthropology program in Cusco, Peru this summer.  We can accept applications until March 15.

Program Components

Spanish classAnthropology Seminar:  Few areas in the world offer a wealth of knowledge and history as great as Cusco. The city and surrounding area are brimming with archaeological sites, including one of the man-made Wonders of the World, the Inca city of Machu Picchu. On top of that, it is a place where traditional and contemporary cultures meet, helping cultivate an atmosphere unlike any other.

Spanish Course:  Six weeks of intensive Spanish language course taught at Ecela Buenos Aires.  This is equivalent to two semester courses and levels from Novice to Advanced are welcomed.  Inquire about earning college credit.

Next Step:
Need More Information? Request Catalog & Info Sheet
Ready to Pre-Register? Online Registration Form 
                                          (no payment or commitment at this time)

Please direct any questions to and we will respond promptly.  You may also phone us at 1 (347) 329 5506.

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Seasonal Archaeological Technician Position

GS-05/Seasonal – NTE 6 months

Manti-La Sal National Forest, Monticello/Moab Ranger District
Monticello, UT

Doll House Ruin, Monticello Ranger District

The Archaeology (Heritage) Department of the Monticello/Moab Ranger District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest is looking for a GS-05 seasonal Archaeological Technician for the 2013 field season! The Manti-La Sal National Forest consists of 1,413,111 acres of land that includes deep sandstone canyons and high mountain peaks in southeastern Utah.

The District manages the La Sal Mountains outside of Moab, UT and the Abajo Mountains outside of Monticello, UT. The district contains over 3,000 archaeological sites dating from 10,000 years ago up through historic times. The Abajo Mountains and canyons were home to a large number of Ancestral Puebloan groups who utilized the landscape for hunting, gathering, farming and living. Site types include Puebloan habitation sites, Archaic lithic scatters, rock art sites, as well as historic mining, ranching and sheep herding sites.

DUTY STATION: The duty station is located in Monticello in San Juan County UT. Monticello is situated on the eastern base of the Abajo Mountains and sits at 7,022 ft. Monticello has a population of 2,000 people, and is a full service community with a supermarket, various restaurants, a library, and hospital. Weather varies from hot summer days and cool summer nights, to snowy, cold winters. The summer monsoon season brings rain between July and mid-September. No public transportation is available. Housing may be available.

JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIRMENTS: A Bachelor Degree as of spring 2013, one year of experience at the GS-04 level, or a combination of experience and education as required by the Forest Service GS-05 job basic requirements stated on the positions application webpage.

JOB DESCRIPTION: This is a paid temporary seasonal position not to exceed (NTE) 1039 work hours (approximately 6 months). The candidate will be required to perform on-the-ground area surveys for surface evidence of historic and prehistoric archaeological remains, as well as identify and record historic and prehistoric cultural resource sites. The candidate should be able to hike up to seven miles a day through rough, steep terrain in varying weather conditions. The candidate will also perform a variety of computations and assessments of standard archeological data, such as entering archeological project data in appropriate forms and databases. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of survey methods, general site identification/recording methods, hand mapping, GPS Trimble units, Microsoft programs (Word, Excel etc.) and ArcGIS. However, training will be provided as necessary.

WORK SCHEDULE: The candidate will typically work four-10 hour days and have three days off. However, five 8 hour day weeks or a different schedule may be required due. Camping may be required. Some camping gear, such as tents and cookware is provided if necessary.

For more information contact: District Archaeologist Don Irwin -435.636.3354 / or Archaeologist Catie Freels – 435.636.3359 /

HOW TO APPLY: The job announcement is located on the USA Jobs website at

In the search engine on the home page enter the job announcement number in the “WHAT” (keyword) search box (Job announcement number is TEMPOCR-102-05-ARCH TECH-DT). The announcement is for various locations in the US. Click “Apply Online” in the left hand box. From here you will likely be asked to set up an account. Follow the instructions on setting up an account. Continue to follow the instructions to apply to the job. When you are asked to select a duty station, please select Monticello, UT to be considered for this position. Note that some documents may be required (e.g. college transcripts).

More detailed instructions are location on the job announcement on the USA Jobs website under the “How to Apply” tab.

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Forestry technician positions in Anchorage

The Anchorage Forestry Sciences Lab anticipates hiring 1-6 temporary forestry technicians (GS-0462-04/05/06) to help support our data collection team in 2013.
The Outreach Response Form should be completed and returned no later than February 28, 2013.  For additional information on these positions, please contact Justin Holgerson at
Position flier: 2013_temp_crewmember_FIA_AK_Outreach[1]

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PSU’s Cameron Smith featured on Scientific American!

Portland State University anthropologist Cameron Smith talks with Scientific American‘s John Matson about how multigenerational space exploration missions and colonization might change the human genome and thus shape human evolution. Listen to the podcast or read the the transcript here:

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