Archive for March, 2014

First Thursday archaeology presentation: Cyprus Landscapes

Please join us on Thur April 3,  4 pm, Smith 236, to hear

Dr. Jay Stratton Noller  (Dept. of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University),


“The dynamic relationship between people and environment in Cyprus over the past 12,000 years: Results from the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project”

Over six field seasons, project researchers investigated a wide variety of physical and cultural landscapes on the northern edge of the Troodos Mountains of the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus.  Overlaying the physical topography are cultural landscapes showing food and fibre production, natural resource extraction, water conveyance and industry, ritual and burial, and the buildings associated with villages, farms and copper mines.  Noller’s presentation reviews the complex and dynamic relationship between people and their landscape, as it was played out in resource extraction, communication, settlement, social organization, and the manipulation of soils, plants and water.

FirstThursdays Noller CyprusApril 3 2014

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Primates of South Africa Field Course

This June will be the 6th year of the Primates of South Africa Field Course, and it will run from 4 – 23 June. The course covers basic data collection techniques in primatology (behavior sampling, population survey methods, GPS & orientation, etc.) as well as safety and awareness in the field, approaching dangerous game on foot, plant identification, and general South African ecology. We have recently had some spots open up in the course.

For more information:
or email Brandi Wren at
Brandi Wren, Ph.D.
Dept. of Anthropology, Purdue University
Applied Behavioural Ecology & Ecosystem Research Unit (ABEERU)
University of South Africa (UNISA)

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The Sociodemographic & Social Location Team of Chicano/Latino Studies’ Latinos in the Pacific Northwest Presents: 


Latinas in the Workplace in the Pacific Northwest

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 

Business Administration, Room 190 (615 SW Harrison St, Portland, OR 97201) 

7:00 – 8:30 pm 


Adelante Mujeres!

Narce Rodriguez


Panelists will discuss experiences, perspectives and contributions of Pacific Northwest Latinas in the areas of education, economy, community and culture in the Portland Metro Area and the state of Oregon; obstacles and successes for Latinas in the workplace; changes in higher education and societal expectations for Latinas in the region; and ways Latinas have challenged notions about their “place” in society to expand the sense of place and space for Latinas and Latinos in the Pacific Northwest. 

Narce Rodriguez is currently the Dean of Student Development at Portland Community College/Rock Creek Campus. Narce was born in Tempe, Arizona and was raised part of her life in Mexico. She comes from a Mexican American family who has worked in the agricultural fields throughout the U.S. Passionate and dedicated to education, she is involved in many community activities that promote cultural awareness and sensitivity to diversity. As well, she has taught Chicano Latino Studies, Women Studies and Counseling Guidance Courses. Narce has received a Bachelors in Sociology and Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Education & Race Class and Gender from OSU. She often finds herself as a Latina pioneer being the 1st Latina in leadership roles.

Adelante Mujeres fosters the empowerment of women who are often relegated to the home. The program helps often isolated participants to build friendships, engage in the community, celebrate their cultural heritage, and improve skills and self-esteem. Our holistic approach aims to build stronger families, healthier communities, and foster respect for our planet. Adelante Mujeres‘ mission is the holistic education and empowerment of low-income Latina women and their families. The organization strives to:

  • Increase opportunities for family and community self-determination through holistic education, workforce and entrepreneurial training and family literacy.
  • Build community through leadership development and the search for solutions to common concerns. 
  • Preserve, foster and share participants’ cultural heritage with the wider community and facilitate intercultural exchange.
  • Advocate ecological awareness and action for a sustainable economy and healthy communities.
Transiciones (Transitions) is a career planning and college preparation for Latina single parents and homemakers. The Transiciones and Transitions programs are similar in content, Transiciones is specifically designed for Latina women who are studying English. The program provides a two-term set of services that include life and career planning classes as well as a transition to college class taught in Spanish, case management to help students succeed, and some financial assistance for school related expenses.

Dr. Robert Muñoz, Jr

Assistant Professor
Chicano/Latino Studies

(503) 725-9052(503) 725-9052

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Asian Languages & Literatures Colloquium

The Univ of Washington invites students (undergrad & graduate) from universities throughout the NW to participate in their Asian Languages & Literatures Colloquium, May 3, 2014, held on the UW campus.
Students, regardless of discipline, are invited to submit proposals within the general area of “Asian Studies”. All topics and issues are welcome from all parts of Asia (South, East, Southeast, Central, etc.).

Information about this colloquium, as well as other conference opportunities open to students, has been posted on the IAS website at

PSU Institute for Asian Studies

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Forensic Anthropology Field School at UMass

> We would like to highlight our bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology field school at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This course introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in excavations of human remains.
> 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, 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, and the design and building of the following year?s burial sites.  Throughout the course we will explore key concepts in ethics, repatriation, medicolegal death investigation and regulations regarding unmarked burials.
> Our field school is aimed at giving students a better understanding of work in these fields, ethical issues and guidelines, and what constitutes violence and how to recognize evidence of violence on human remains and material objects.  The Low Stakes, High Impact learning model we have developed for this field school provides students with the opportunity to develop the professional and academic skills to immediately pursue career and graduate opportunities in a number of different professional settings.
> Each participating student will be awarded 6 semester credit units through the University of Massachusetts Amherst Continuing Education Division.
> For more information please visit: .
> Or find us on Facebook at: .
> Looking forward to having your students join us in this exciting field school.
> Sincerely,
> Ventura Pérez
> Director

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Job opening: Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) – Interviewers

Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) – Interviewers

The Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group at the Center for the
Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change at Indiana
University is looking for temporary Graduate Research Assistants
(GRAs) at the Master’s or PhD level to conduct interviews.

Major duties:
.Coordinate with BUFRG and local tree-planting nonprofit to obtain
individual contact information for interviews
.Maintain up-to-date Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
(CITI) Social/Behavioral Researchers Training in accordance with
Institutional Review Board protocol
.Contact potential interviewees and arrange and conduct interviews
according to Institutional Review Board protocol
.During each interview, make an audio recording, fill out an interview
form, and take careful notes and send these items to the Bloomington
research team

Required skills/qualifications:
.Current graduate student (Master’s or PhD) or completed graduate
degree in one of the following preferred fields: Sociology,
Anthropology, Journalism (or similar fields of training)
.Experience and/or coursework in qualitative interviewing
.Organized, dependable, detail oriented
.GRAs will be responsible for their own transportation around the city
to conduct interviews


Maximum of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks (max. 400 hours) between
~May and August, 2014

1 position per city in St. Louis, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Atlanta, GA;
Philadelphia, PA; and Detroit, MI.

Application submission:
If interested, please visit:[1] and search
under “Browse and Apply” for job number 10534. Create an account to
apply and upload your resume / CV and a cover letter that includes
your qualifications and contact information for at least two
professional references. Review of applications will begin April 1,

For questions, contact Sarah Mincey (

Sarah Mincey, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Indiana University
The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy
CIPEC, 408 N. Indiana Ave, Room 226
Bloomington, IN 47408
(606)356-6353 (c)


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Three Minute Thesis competition now accepting submissions

Three Minute Thesis competition now accepting submissions

The submission link is now open for graduate students to participate in PSU’s Three Minute Thesis event! Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition designed to help students develop presentation skills by consolidating their research and presenting it succinctly to a non-specialist audience—all in just three minutes. Masters and Doctoral students are eligible to present any research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, or culminating project. There are cash prizes for winners, plus the chance to advance to the state championships. Read more or sign up at are due by April 11, 2014.

Questions? E-mail us at

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Lecture: Out of the Nuclear Shadow: Scientists and the Struggle Against the Bomb

The Oregon State University Libraries cordially invite you to a free public
lecture by scientist and peace activist Dr. Zia Mian, which will take place
in Portland on the evening of April 21st, 2014.  Mian is visiting Oregon to
accept the eighth Linus Pauling Legacy Award, which is granted every two
years to an individual who has achieved in an area once of interest to Dr.
Linus Pauling (1901-1994).

◦What: “Out of the Nuclear Shadow: Scientists and the Struggle Against
the Bomb.” Linus Pauling Legacy Award Lecture by Dr. Zia Mian. Free and
open to the public.
◦When: Monday, April 21, 2014; 7:30 PM
◦Where: Oregon Historical Society Museum, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland,

For more information, please contact the OSU Libraries Special Collections &
Archives Research Center at

About the Speaker:
Zia Mian directs the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia, at the
Program on Science and Global Security. The editor of numerous books, his
research and teaching focuses on nuclear weapons and nuclear energy policy,
especially in Pakistan and India, and on issues of nuclear disarmament and
peace. He has also produced two documentary films, “Pakistan and India Under
the Nuclear Shadow” (2001) and “Crossing the Lines: Kashmir, Pakistan, India”
(2004). He is Co-Editor of Science & Global Security, an international
journal of technical analysis for arms control, disarmament and
nonproliferation policy. He is also a member of the International Panel on
Fissile Materials (IPFM).

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Latin American Film Festival begins March 28th

The Portland Latin American Film Festival in collaboration with the Mexico Tourism Board is pleased to present Monthly Screenings of Latin American films at the Hollywood Theatre.


During the first semester we will be featuring movies from Argentina, Mexico and Brazil.


The films will be screened at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE 41st Ave., Portland, OR 97212) at 7:00 PM on the fourth Friday of the month as follows:



March 28 – The Clown (O Palhaco)  by Selton Mello / BRAZIL


April 25 – Colosio, The Assassination (Colosio, El Asesinato)  by Carlos Bolado / MEXICO


May 23 –  2 +2 A Couple with a Couple (Dos más Dos) by Diego Kaplan / ARGENTINA



Tickets are $9.00. The first 150 who enter will receive a complimentary Chipotle Card Buck (Buy One – Get One FREE burrito, burrito bowl, salad, or order of tacos, up to an $8 value).


Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event, online at, or in person at the Hollywood Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Movies start at 7:00. Questions:

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Confucius Institute Scholarships

2014-2015 CIPSU Scholarships (Deadline May 15th, 2014)


Return completed application directly via email attachment or postal mail to:

 Attention: Name of the Scholarship
Confucius Institute, OIA-CI, Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751


632 SW Hall Street, Room 306 (East Hall), Portland State University, Portland, Oregon 97201

Please provide 1) a cover letter, 2) a one-page essay about why you are deserving of this scholarship and how your goals fit with the purpose, 3) one letter of recommendation (a second letter is optional), and 4) a current transcript (unofficial transcript okay). For questions, please send an email to:

For descriptions and requirements for each scholarship, and for downloading the application forms, please visit:

Confucius Institute at PSU (CI-PSU)
Portland State University

OIA-CI, PO Box 751, Portland, Oregon  97207
632 SW Hall Street Suite 306
Portland, OR 97201, USA

tel.  503-725-8561503-725-8561/9810
email: or

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