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2012 AAA BAS Student Paper/Poster Award Results

Michaela Howells

The winner of the BAS Student Paper/Poster Award for 2012 is Michaela Howells (University of Colorado, Boulder) for her paper, “You Just Have to Wait: The Impact of Marital Status on the Pregnancy Outcomes of Samoan Women” with co-authors Richard Bender, Darna L. Dufour, John Ah Ching, and Bethal Mua’sau. 



BAS-member selected as AAA Leadership Fellow

Julienne Rutherford has been selected as a AAA Leadership Fellow

2011 AAA BAS Student Paper/Poster Award Results

We are very pleased to announce the winner of this year’s student prize for outstanding presentation:

Meredith Ellis (Syracuse University) for her paper,  “A Disciplined Childhood: A Social Bioarchaeology of the Subadults of the Spring Street Presbyterian Church”. This paper is going to be published in an edited volume by Jennifer L. Thompson, Marta Alfonso-Durruty, John J. Crandall, “Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity”.

We are also pleased to announce a runner-up:

Valentine Volk (Cleveland State University), for her paper, “A Preliminary Assessment of Health and Disease at the Late Woodland Mayer Site, Vermillion, Ohio”.

2011 W.W. Howells Book Award Results

The 2011 W.W. Howells Book Award was presented to Wenda Trevathan for her book, Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Has Shaped Women’s Health. Oxford University Press.

The book was recognized as an insightful and compelling consideration of the importance of evolution to women’s biology and health.

“Written by a leading light in the field of evolutionary medicine, Wenda Trevathan’s Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives describes how many contemporary health problems, particularly those of women, are the result of a mismatch between our “Stone Age” bodies that evolved over millions of years and our current (and radically changed) life styles. Thorough, authoritative, and easy to understand, this book offers suggestions for making informed decisions that impact the health of contemporary women and that of their children and their children’s children. Run, don’t walk (or stroll bipedally), to give this important and elegantly written book to your favorite bride-to-be, mother-to-be, mother, grandmother, or great grandmother! Inquisitive men will also find this book engaging.” –Dean Falk, Ph.D., Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology, Florida State University.

Letter from Karen Strier to BAS members

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Primate Conservation Study Abroad Program

Nelson Ting, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
University of Iowa

Applications for the Primate Conservation Summer Study Abroad Program in Tanzania are now available (follow this link). The applications are due by March 15th and the program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dmanisi Field School

The Dmanisi Field School is a four-week program that provides a unique opportunity to engage in ongoing excavations and acquire practical archaeological skills in combination with theoretical knowledge at one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites in an amazing setting! See flyer.

Field School in Pozzeveri in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

Badia Pozzeveri (Lucca Province), Italy – July 25 – August 19, 2011

The Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri is an accredited academic program offered by The Ohio State University and the University of Pisa. The field school aims at training students in archaeological and bioarchaeological field and laboratory methods.

The field school is an outstanding opportunity for students to gain practical experience in archaeological excavation and bioarchaeological investigation by working side-by-side with leading researchers in the field. Follow this link to read more.

Field School for Quaternary Palaeoanthropology and Prehistory of Murcia, S.E. Spain

June 30th – July 21st,  2011
at Cueva Negra del Estrecho del Río Quípar,

July 21st – August 11th 2011
at Sima de las Palomas del Cabezo Gordo

Director: Michael Walker, DPhil,BM,BCh,MA,DipPreArch, FSA
Professor of Physical Anthropology
Dept. of Zoology and Physical Anthropology,
Biology Faculty, Campus Universitario de Espinardo,
Universidad de Murcia, 30100 Murcia, SPAIN
Emails: or

Excavation has been ongoing for 20 years at these two sites. Cueva Negra has 6 teeth and possible long-bone fragments of pre-Neanderthal hominid remains (H. heidelbergensis), a final Early (i.e. Lower) Pleistocene fauna and Acheulian and Levalloiso-Mousterian Palaeolithic artefacts in a sedimentary deposit from a time somewhere between 780,000 and 990,000 years ago according to both biostratigraphy and now palaeomagnetism (Scott & Gibert, 2009, Nature 461:82-85). Sima de las Palomas has >300 skeletal parts (teeth, bones) of 9 or 10 Neanderthal individuals, including 3 articulated skeletons one of which is 85% complete from between 60,000 and 40,000 years ago, an early Late (i.e. Upper) Pleistocene fauna and Mousterian Palaeolithic artefacts, dated by 14C, U-ser, OSL and ESR.

See flyer

Roman Archaeology – 2 Field Projects in Italy, Summer 2011

1. Excavation of the Roman Baths at Carsulae
June 12 – July 23, 2011
This is the sixth season of excavations of the Roman Baths at the ancient city of Carsulae . The Roman city, founded along the via Flaminia in the late third century BCE, is located near the town of San Gemini . The area has been associated with healing waters since pre-Roman times. Field school includes: archaeological excavation, various methods of excavation documentation and handling and processing of artifacts.

Contact: Jane Whitehead, excavation director and professor at Valdosta State University , e-mail
Further information:

2. Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics – Classes and Workshops
May 23 – June 18, 2011
The course aims to give basic knowledge and hands on experience in the field archaeological ceramics conservation. Through classroom and workshop sessions the participants will be introduced to the following skills: categorizing, organizing and storage of sherds; materials and morphological analysis of diagnostic pottery; graphic and digital documentation of diagnostic pottery; cleaning, reassembly and integration of lacunae of pottery. Some of the work in the workshop will be done using recently excavated materials from the Baths of the ancient Roman town of Carsulae .

Contact: Max Cardillo, San Gemini Preservation Studies, e-mail
Further information:

AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship

The American Anthropological Association invites minority doctoral candidates from any subfield in anthropology to apply for a dissertation writing fellowship of $10,000.

Deadline: February 15th 2011.

Follow this link for details.

2010 AAA BAS Student Paper/Poster Award Results

BAS 2010 student award winners:

Allison Foley (paper)

BAS communication re: AAA Mission Statement

BAS Executive Committee communication on AAA Mission Statement:
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The above is the official BAS response.

Some members and other biological anthropologists also composed and sent this letter to the Executive Board of the AAA.

Primate Conservation Biology field school

Summer 2011, University of Iowa Study Abroad program and TREE field studies (

This program will take place in the Udzungwa Mountains in Tanzania and is one of the few field schools in Africa to focus explicitly on conservation biology. Please let any potentially interested undergraduate or beginning graduate students know about this opportunity. See the attached flyer for further detail.


  • The field school will take place in the Udzungwa Mountains, which are home to 13 different species of primate and belong to a Global Biodiversity Hotspot.
  • Participants will be able to see the Endangered Sanje mangabey and Endangered Iringa red colobus monkey, both of which are only found in the Udzungwa Mountains. Black-and-white colobus monkey, Sykes monkey, and yellow baboon sightings will also easily be made.
  • Housing accommodations will be at the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre (, which will include beds, running water, and electricity.
  • Trips to local community conservation projects managed by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will be made to see conservation efforts in villages surrounding the forest.
  • A trip to Mikumi National Park will be made to see savanna animals (e.g., elephants, giraffes, and lions) and to witness conservation issues in a different habitat.
  • A trip to Zanzibar Island, famous for its beaches and historic Stone town, will be made. Jonzani National Park will also be visited to see the Zanzibar red colobus monkey and learn about the challenges in protecting this Endangered primate.

109th Annual Meeting

109th Annual Meeting was held in New Orleans, November 17-21, 2010.

The Distinguished Lecture was given by Ken Weiss: “What Darwin got wrong and why it matters.”

The 2010 WW Howells Award winner is Bernard Chapais (University of Montreal) for his book, Primeval Kinship: How Pair-Bonding Gave Birth to Human Society.

2010 AAA Meetings: sessions of interest to BAS

List of sessions of interest to BAS members:

  • Innovative Methods in Biological Anthropology
  • Circulating Through Us: Violence, Trauma and Memory
  • Critical Collisions in Health and Culture: Sleep
  • Ancient Humans: Birth, Health and Lifestyle
  • Biocultural Acts, Biocultural Survival
  • Biocultural Adaptation and Evolution: Guts, Diet and Microbes

AAA Writers Circle Invitation

BAS members are invited to submit pieces to the AAA Writers Circle. As explained in this link, this is a project meant to encourage anthropologists to write op-eds and magazine articles, and to engage in other ways with public media.

This is an opportunity for biological anthropologists to convey the importance of our science to broad audiences. Please feel free to contact Dr. Barbara J. King about this. 

National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students


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The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfare to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.

The 2011 application is now open and will close at 5:00 pm local time on November 10, 2010. Application instructions are available online at For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit or

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation’s borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented master’s or PhD program and be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date. Students in combined bachelor/master degree programs must have matriculated from the undergraduate degree program by the application deadline date.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date over 2,000 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the EAPSI Help Desk by email at or by phone at 1-866-501-2922.

The National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Graduate/Professional Training Courses

Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program, Front Royal, VA
For more information, visit
or e-mail

Conservation Conflict Resolution

January 10-19, 2011

Designed and led by the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC), this course teaches proven skills, strategies and processes for effectively addressing conservation-related conflict. By analyzing conflicts to determine root causes and facilitate appropriate resolution processes, we foster trust among stakeholders and ensure sustainable solutions.

Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology

February 7-18, 2011

Gain in-depth knowledge of analysis techniques for cutting-edge ecological research, employing R, including: classical regression models; mixed models; generalized linear models; generalized additive models; and conservation-specific approaches, e.g. distance sampling and species distribution modeling. The course emphasizes real-world analysis and how to deal with the limitations of real datasets.

Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis & Remote Sensing

March 14-25, 2011

Learn to use GIS tools to address conservation research problems, quantifying effects of human-induced global change on wildlife and biodiversity. Hands-on lab exercises (e.g. land cover mapping; home range analysis; modeling habitat selection; mapping species distributions) use remote sensing data and SCBI field surveys to monitor global changes, assess impacts on wildlife, and develop mitigating strategies.

Species Monitoring & Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals

April 18-29, 2011

Explore current techniques in assessment and monitoring of wild mammal populations, including bats. Participants learn principles of study design; current field assessment methods; data analysis techniques including MARK and DISTANCE software; application of monitoring data to decision-making and population management; and collection and preparation of museum voucher specimens.

Effective Conservation Leadership

May 3-13, 2011

What makes for a successful conservation leader? Conservation professionals need to know more than science to lead effectively. Employing real-life environmental and conservation case studies, this course addresses key conservation leadership skills, including cross-cultural learning, team-building and support, project management, applied conservation ethics, effective communication, and conflict resolution.


For information on the Applied Conservation Science Graduate Certificate see:

Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program course participants engage in dynamic learning communities, build lifelong professional networks, and connect with valuable conservation resources

Comparative Skeletal Anatomy and Function

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
December 28, 2010-January 8, 2011

This two week course is on the anatomy of human and non-human skeletons, including monkeys, other mammals, birds, and reptiles. Hands-on modules and island activities (e.g., observing wild monkeys, horseback riding, kayaking) will allow students to observe the relationship between skeletal structure, behavior such as diet and locomotion, and the animal’s environment. Comparative skeletal anatomy has applications in veterinary medicine, bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology, forensic anthropology, primatology, and functional anatomy. Apply through the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy. Contact Dr. Helen Cho at Davidson College for more information and syllabus or (704) 894-2299. See flyer.