AAAG Member Spotlight
Congratulations to Genevieve Housman - winner of the AAAG Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award at the 2014 Meeting of the AAPA.
The AAAG Outstanding Student Poster Presentation winner, Genevieve Housman, is a graduate student at Arizona State University in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, pursuing a doctoral degree in Evolutionary Anthropology. Her interests center on the evolution of complex traits within the primate lineage. She studies the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that influence differential long bone development and maintenance in baboons with and without osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, phenotypes which serve as proxies for normal and abnormal skeletal maintenance. She is also involved in several other projects in the Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology at ASU which aim at understanding if and where natural non-human primate reservoirs of zoonotic microbial pathogens exist and whether these reservoirs and pathways are recent phenomena or have longer histories.
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About the AAAG
Founded in 1994, the American Association of Anthropological Genetics (AAAG) is an educational and scientific organization whose mission is to:
2) Facilitate communication between individuals engaged in the study of anthropological genetics; and
3) Foster cooperation among anthropological geneticists.
AAAG meetings are in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Human Biology Association.
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The official publication of the AAAG is Human Biology.
News and Announcements
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CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR (TIER II) IN PRIMATE GENOMICS AND DIETARY ECOLOGY: UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - December 18, 2014
The Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of Calgary invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Primate Genomics and Dietary Ecology, effective July 1, 2015. The Chair will be appointment to a tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with tenure position and the successful candidate will be nominated for a Canada Research Chair. The successful candidate will combine genomics research with primate behavioural ecology to provide insights into the pressures that have shaped dietary adaptations in primates. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the Chair will study the interplay of diet, the senses and the environment. Research foci may include, but are not limited to, genomic analysis of microbiomes, evolution and ecology of primate sensory systems, and reconstructing diet in extinct species. For more information, please see the position announcement.
NSF ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IPG
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - December 16, 2014
The Biological Anthropology and Archaeology Programs are pleased to announce the continuation in 2015 of the Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants (IPG) competition. Prior competitions were held in 2012 and 2013. In 2015, contingent on availability of funds, the Programs plan to make a single award for a maximum total cost of $1,000,000 to support a multi-year project of up to five years in duration. Proposal deadline is April 2, 2015. Please see the program announcement for additional details.
NSF ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CIF21
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - December 10, 2014
As part of NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks to develop user-friendly large-scale next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research in SBE areas of study. Successful proposals will, within the financial resources provided by the award, construct such databases and/or relevant analytic techniques and produce a finished product that will enable new types of data-intensive research. The databases or techniques should have significant impacts, either across multiple fields or within broad disciplinary areas, by enabling new types of data-intensive research in the SBE sciences.
POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN PRIMATE GENOMICS
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - October 6, 2014
The Veeramah Lab at Stony Brook (http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/veeramahlab/index.html) has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to begin in January 2015 (earlier or later
start dates may be negotiable). The position will primarily involve the analysis of 2nd generation sequencing data from primates using model-based quantitative frameworks within
two specific research themes. The first will be using whole genome data from small pedigrees to examine mutation and recombination rate variation amongst different primate lineages.
The second will be using ancient DNA from early Medieval European skeletons to infer the population demographic dynamics of the European migration period, with a particular emphasis
on the Lombards. As well as primary research duties applicants will be expected to write papers, help in grant writing and train/mentor graduate students.
Applications will be accepted until November 3rd 2014. For more information, see the advertisement here.
MULTICULTURAL POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN GENETICS
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - September 27, 2014
The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island is seeking a Multicultural Post-Doctoral Fellow with expertise in genetics and a commitment to bringing multicultural perspectives to the curriculum, department, college, and university. The appointment is for the 2015-2016 calendar year. For more information, please see the full announcement.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN MOLECULAR GENETICS: APPLICATION TO HUMAN MIGRATION AND HEALTH
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - Sept 22nd, 2014
The Department of Anthropology at the University of Kansas invites applications for a faculty position at the tenure-track, Assistant Professor level in molecular genetics. Candidates must be involved in an active research program in molecular genetics and its application to human migration and health. They should possess: quantitative skills, have bioinformatics/data analytical experience and be involved in field research and laboratory methodologies. Candidates must be able to teach introduction to biological anthropology, other evolutionary courses, and laboratory methods to undergraduate and graduate students, and to contribute to the broader university environment. For more information see the full advertisement here.
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY: POSITION IN ANCIENT GENETIC/GENOMICS
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - Sept 18th, 2014
The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in ancient genetics/genomics beginning August 2015.
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. See the full advertisement here.
POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN HUMAN MOLECULAR GENETICS/EPIGENETICS
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - June 12th, 2014
A postdoctoral position (two years at least) is available in Connie Mulligan's lab at the University of Florida.
Two NSF-funded projects are currently ongoing and the successful candidate can work on one or both: 1) Examination of DNA methylation patterns in mothers and newborns from the DRC and 2) Investigation of the genetic and cultural underpinnings of complex diseases that exhibit racial inequalities, using hypertension in African-Americans as a model phenotype.
PhD and a strong background in generation of genetic data (microarray analysis, DNA sequencing, SNP detection, etc.) and data analysis (gene association analysis, regression analysis, genetic ancestry estimation, linkage analysis, etc) are essential. Experience generating methylation data or additional computational experience (e.g. computer programming, simulation analysis, etc) is a plus.
To apply, send a CV, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references to Connie Mulligan. Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, see the full advertisement.
AAAG STUDENT PRIZE WINNERS @ AAPAs in CALGARY
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - April 27th, 2014
Congratulations to Genevieve Housman (Arizona State University) and Timothy Webster (Yale), who are the recipients of the 2014 AAAG Outstanding Student Presentation Awards in Anthropological Genetics (OSPAG). Two awards were presented this year by the 2013-2014 AAAG Prsident, Anne Stone, for the best poster and podium talk at the HBA or AAPA annual meetings. Each awardee received a $200 cash prize and a one-year subscription to the journal, Human Biology. Many thanks to all of the student participants who also submitted excellent work for consideration!
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