Archive for November, 2013

Smithsonian Fellowships & Internships

There are a variety of internships and fellowships available through the Smithsonian in several different fields. It’s a great opportunity for students–click for more.

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National Park Service’s 2014 Archaeological Prospection Workshop

The National Park Service’s 2014 workshop on archaeological prospection techniques entitled Current Archaeological Prospection Advances for Non-Destructive Investigations in the 21st Century will be held May 19-23, 2014, at Aztalan State Park in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.  Lodging and lectures will be at the Comfort Suites in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.  The field exercises will take place at Aztalan State Park.

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin’s most important archaeological sites.  It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300.  The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village.  Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.

Co-sponsors for the workshop include the National Park Service’s Midwest Archeological Center, the Aztalan State Park, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  This will be the twenty-fourth year of the workshop dedicated to the use of geophysical, aerial photography, and other remote sensing methods as they apply to the identification, evaluation, conservation, and protection of archaeological resources across this Nation.  The workshop will present lectures on the theory of operation, methodology, processing, and interpretation with on-hands use of the equipment in the field.

There is a registration charge of $475.00.  Application forms are available on the Midwest Archeological Center’s web page at <>.

For further information, please contact Steven L. DeVore, Archeologist, National Park Service, Midwest Archeological Center, Federal Building, Room 474, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-3873: tel: (402) 437-5392, ext. 141; fax: (402) 437-5098; email: <>.

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Funded Master’s Degree Positions to Study the Gender and Change at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Funded Master’s Degree Positions to Study the Gender and Change at University of Alaska Fairbanks

We are seeking to recruit a graduate student interested in pursuing a Master’s (or Ph.D.) degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a research focus on gender and change in Arctic Alaska. Student funding is provided by a research grant from the National Science Foundation. Successful applicants will be offered two years of funding, including a stipend of approximately $28,000/year, field research, tuition, benefits, and research expenses.

The graduate student will assist an NSF-funded ethnographic study of the ways in which Alaska Native communities are responding to global challenges while at the same time retaining and practicing their core indigenous values in the face of many uncertainties. Previous research has identified indigenous groups and women as some of the most vulnerable populations affected by pronounced political, economic, and environmental shifts. In this study we seek to examine gendered responses to the processes of globalization and significant social-environmental change and the shifting roles of women in the midst of such changes. This research will provide an in-depth study of the gendered, multigenerational responses to specific contemporary changes in Barrow, Alaska, an Iñupiat subsistence-based community and economic and administrative hub of the Arctic Slope region.

We are particularly interested in students with backgrounds in the human dimensions of environmental systems or environmental anthropology.

Selected students will start their graduate programs in the summer or fall of 2014. Awards are contingent on students being accepted for a graduate program of study by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Students could complete degrees either in anthropology or fisheries.  Field research will be conducted in Barrow, Alaska.

If you are interested, please submit a CV, a copy of your transcript(s), a writing sample, the names and contact information of three references, and a short cover letter expressing your interest in the position to Courtney Carothers ( by January 15, 2014.

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Two Funded Master’s Degree Positions at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Two Funded Master’s Degree Positions to Study the “Graying of the Fleet” at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

We are seeking to recruit two graduate students interested in pursuing Master’s (or Ph.D.) degrees at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a research focus on the social dimensions of Alaska’s commercial fisheries. Student funding is provided by research grants from the North Pacific Research Board and Alaska Sea Grant. Successful applicants will be offered two years of funding, including a stipend of approximately $28,000/year, plus tuition, benefits, and research expenses.

Selected students will start their graduate programs in the summer or fall of 2014. Awards are contingent on students being accepted to the fisheries graduate program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks ( Students have the opportunity to reside in any UAF campus community throughout their degree program (e.g., Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, Kodiak and Dillingham).

If you are interested, please submit a CV, a copy of your transcript(s), a writing sample, the names and contact information of three references, and a short cover letter expressing your interest in the position to Courtney Carothers ( by January 15, 2014.

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The Borgen Project internship opportunities

The Borgen Project is a non-profit grassroots national campaign that is focused on global poverty. We’ve got volunteer Regional Director, Advocate openings and also Writer Internship opportunities and would love to have students and faculty involved with our efforts. We currently have Regional Directors in over 160 U.S. cities ranging from college students and professors to news anchors and business leaders. It’s a great group of volunteers who operate remotely and meet once a week via a national conference call. You can learn more about the Regional Director and Advocates program here. Furthermore, you can learn more about our telecommute internships here.

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Mixed Methods Research Analyzing Survey Data with NVivo

Are you a quantitative researcher trying to integrate qualitative data and get more insight from your open ended data? Then please join us for the upcoming complimentary NVivo Brown Bag Webinar: Mixed Methods Research Analyzing Survey Data with NVivoNVivois software that helps researchers organize and analyze qualitative and mixed methods data, individually or as a team.

Join us on Tuesday, November 26 at 10:30AM (EDT) for a live webinar that explores some of the features found in NVivo designed to assist you when working with mixed methods research. Click here to register.

This Brown Bag will explore…

  • Within and between group comparisons using the matrix coding query
  • Importing and exporting data from Excel
  • Working with open-ended and fixed response questions
  • Accessing the Kappa Coefficient through the coding comparison query
  • Cluster analysis of word and coding similarity

Please feel free to share this with your colleagues or students.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 617-491-1850.

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Genomic data analysis using HapMap and 1000 genomes project

Brief description of the program

DURATION: 5-WEEK Full Immersion Summer Program

WHEN: 19 MAY 2014 – 21 JUNE 2014


The program is open to all majors, University of Massachusetts Amherst and non-University of Massachusetts Amherst students. The program was launched through the collaboration of Gustolab Institute Center for Food and Culture and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Language Courses provider: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Rome.

The Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer Program in Rome and the South of Italy is both academic and experiential. The program is taught by faculty with international experience and expertise across Food Studies, communication and media in the food field. Starting in 2007, Gustolab Institute was the first center for Food Studies in Italy dedicated to short and long-term study abroad programs from the U.S.


Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits) COURSE: The course presents food in all its complex connections with culture, nutrition, environment, society, economics and politics. This course combines traditional lectures and discussion meetings with hands-on co-curricular activities and field trips in and around Rome, as well as in the Lazio region and Cilento’s seaside. No prerequisites.

Food media, communication and trends (3 credits) COURSE: Food has become a hot topic on TV, the internet and printed media.  This course focuses on the intersection between food and media, a connection that has elicited much interest in communication studies over the past few years. Students will be able to take advantage of hands-on practice with different kinds of media, including digital video (they will produce a food documentary using professional techniques). No prerequisites.

Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits) COURSE: This course will focus on how culture and ethnicity affect dietary practices, with particular emphasis on Italy as compared to the U.S. The influence of politics on food availability and food practices will be discussed. Emphasis will also be on cross-cultural communication processes to address nutrition and cultural issues. No prerequisites.

Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 110 (3 credits) COURSE and Intensive Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 126 (6 credits)* COURSE (Both courses are applicable toward UMass Amherst’s language requirement): Higher levels of Italian language and Italian Conversation courses are available at Scuola Leonardo da Vinci. Please contact Gustolab Institute to receive more information. No prerequisites. *minimum of 8 participants must be enrolled for the INTENSIVE course

Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (3 credits) COURSE:  This course will be for students without any knowledge of the Italian language and aims to teach: technical terms, vocabulary, and words used in the specialized field of study and research of the Food Studies.

For more information about the program, tuition and cost of the program, please visit:

Scholarships are available. To be eligible, students must apply by January 31, 2014. For more details and information on how to apply, please contact Gustolab Institute Director Sonia Massari at

The deadline for the third call for pre-applications is December 15, 2013. For more information about the program and a Pre-Application Selection form, please write to


For general academic questions about the program and the structure of the program in Rome, please contact Sonia Massari, Gustolab Institute Director and CSFI Program Coordinator in Rome:

For questions related to the Italian language courses, please contact Roberto Ludovico, Associate Professor/Italian Program Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst and CSFI Program Supervisor at University of Massachusetts Amherst:

For questions related to the Nutrition course, please contact Elena Carbone, Associate Professor/Graduate Program Director Department of Nutrition, University of Massachusetts Amherst and CSFI Program Advisor at University of Massachusetts Amherst and Professor at CSFI in Rome:

For information on the transfer of credits and administration, please contact Grace Moreno, Study Abroad Advisor for Italy, International Programs Office, University of Massachusetts Amherst:

Thank you,

Salem Paulos
Food Studies – Education&Research
office phone: +39 06.68804073
fax: +39 06.92912046
skype: gustolaboffice

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Operation Groundswell

Step outside of the classroom and into the real world for a truly immersive cultural experience.

Operation Groundswell is looking for globally active and socially conscious students to join us this winter in Guatemala. We will venture off the beaten path to experience Mayan culture first-hand through a meaningful service learning initiative. We will learn about the ongoing fight for justice in the aftermath of a decades-long civil war from those who have been directly affected. Our journey will take us over volcanoes and across rivers as we learn about Guatemala’s dark past  and bright future.

If you’re into cultural exchange, fulfilling community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply for our Guatemala Winter Break program before December 9th!

Can’t travel this winter or want to travel elsewhere? We also have a number of programs in the spring and summer all around the world! 

Check out our map of where we go.

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Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School

Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Summer 2014

Culture & Environment • Latin America & Caribbean • Medical Anthropology • Gender & Identity • History, Space & Meaning

Two 6 Week (43 day) Advanced Sessions
May 17 to June 28
July 5 to August 16

Two 3 Week (22 days) Practicum Sessions
May 31 – June 22nd
July 19th – August 10th
(Session dates can be modified for specific groups)

NOTE: The First Summer Session of the Methods Practicum Course and The Advanced Methods Course will include a speical series on Medical Anthropology and HIV Prevention.  Dr. Cabrera (see Faculty page) will guest lecture and lead an HIV outreach effort along with Dr. Pierce.  Students should indicate if they are interested in this medical anthropology training in their application.

Special Session in Medical Anthropology:
Health & Nutrition
Sept 7th – 28th (3 weeks)

For more information:
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Mount St. Helens as a Traditional Cultural Property

Mount St. Helens as a Traditional Cultural Property with Nathan Reynolds, Ecologist, Cowlitz Tribe

In September of 2013, Mount St. Helens, (also known as Lawetlat’la) was listed on the National Register of Historic places as a Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and other Tribes. The mountain is a cultural landscape central to the oral traditions, geography, and identity of the native peoples of the area. Join us as Cowlitz Tribal ecologist Nathan Reynolds explains traditional Indian beliefs about the mountain, traditional uses of montane habitats, and details the nomination process, which took several years and was a collaborative effort between the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Cowlitz Indian Tribe. This is only the second TCP listing in Washington State, and the 23rd nationwide.  It will be an fascinating evening of culture, history and geology!

When and Where: Tuesday, November 19th at Loowit Brewing in Vancouver and Thursday, November 21st at the Hop n’ Grape Smokehouse Pub in Longview. Doors at 5:00pm, presentations start at 6:30pm.

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