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Subject: 2003 SfAA Conference
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002
From: Anne Ballenger, Student Committee Chair
Dear Students,
I can't believe it's time to begin the Fall Semester! Guess what? It's time to get organized for the 2003 SfAA Conference. It seems that these deadlines always arrive just as we are gearing up for mid-terms. Here are a couple of things the Student Committee is working on for the Conference and WE NEED YOU to make it a fabulous success:
Conference Connection
This is a new Student Committee intiative just for you! The SfAA had formally invited YOU to participate at the Conference as a paper, poster presenter or a session organizer. To assist you we have created the Conference Connection to answer all your questions, provide recommendations, and referrals. Check it out!

Visual Media - Two Sessions
Are you utilizing visual media in your research, on an applied project - as a tool or method?
Today, almost anyone can pick up a CamCorder, digital camera and start filming, take pictures, as well as, post them on the web for an international audience. What are you doing?

The propose of the visual media session is explore the theory, method and practice of visual media to communicate anthropological/cultural knowledge within an applied context. The term "visual media" is as broad as the anthropological field itself and can compose of advertising, literature, video, film, photography, theater, dance, art. Bascially if you can see it - it's visual media.
Some questions we may ask are:
  • How has our post modernistic understanding of the "Other" changed the way anthropologists use visual media in applied settings?
  • What new tools and methods have been created to use visual means as a cultural communicator?
  • How are those we study using visual media? What is exchanged? What is recieved? What is its importance?
  • Can visual media be used as a cultural brokerage method or tool to mediate conflict?
  • How can visual media facilitate or instigate cultural change?
  • What ethical issues arise from the use of visual media?
Here is a preliminary paragraph on the Session:
  • The First Session: All Talk & No Action
  • The first session is geared for the discussion of theory, method, practice, ethics and processes of the research or applied anthropological process of visual media. Presenters will discuss their work in detail in this section, followed by the presentation of their visual media in the second.
  • The Second Session: Lights! Camera! Action!
  • The second session is the presentation of the discussed visual media with A Brief introduction.
If this session sounds right up your alley, please contact Anne Ballenger at, as soon as possible!
SfAA Past President & Student Luncheon
Want to be in know? How about discuss your research project or interests with seminal applied anthropologists? Here is your chance! And - have a free lunch, too! Yes, 25 lucky students will receive a fine lunch and terrific conversation! What can be better than that? So, contact me to reserve your space.
More to be Announced...


Subject:Research Position Announcement
Date:Wed, 07 Aug Jul 2002
From:Kirk Hamilton,

Research Assisant: Environmental, Economic Analysis and Policy
Dear All,
Greetings. I am helping to administer a CIDA trust fund aimed largely at building the use of, and capacity to use, environmental economics in developing countries.

In this regard John Dixon and I are looking to hire a research assistant for 5-6 months to research and write up case study material on the application of environmental economics techniques to policy analysis and policy design. This material would have wide use in training through the World Bank Institute, the training arm of the World Bank, and no doubt elsewhere as well.

I am therefore asking for your assistance in suggesting names of good (preferably) Canadian students who could tackle this task. I would guess that someone at the Masters level with a good grasp of valuation techniques and policy issues would be ideal. Please suggest names to me, and ask the students to send me a CV.

If there is anyone else in Canada who may be able to suggest suitable students I would appreciate their contact details. These requests come up from time to time and I would like to do my part to set up a little pipeline from Canada to the World Bank.

Kirk Hamilton (
Team Leader, Policy and Economics
Environment Department, The World Bank
1818 H St. NW, Washington DC 20433


Subject: NAPA Student Award Deadline Extended
Date:Tue, 06 Aug 2002
From:Alayne Unterberger,

NAPA Student Achievement Award:
Deadline Extention - October 01, 2002

Now that everyone is getting back into gear for this school year --- I AM RESENDING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. The NAPA Student Achievement award carries a $300.00 prize. Please encourage students to apply! Deadline has been extended to 10/1/2002, which is quickly approaching.

Forward to other groups or interested groups as widely as possible. As Chair for this committee, I may be contacted via this address or at the information listed below.

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) is sponsoring a Student Achievement Award to recognize students who have excelled in the area of practicing anthropology. The Student Award provides opportunities for students to submit research papers of their projects in applied contexts and be recognized at the NAPA Business Meeting at the annual AAA Conference.

While NAPA is particularly interested in encouraging students working on team projects, we also strongly support students who engaged in any type of collaboration, whether with fellow students, community, professionals and/or faculty. Award-winning papers will be published in special issues of the NAPA Bulletin.

Undergraduate and graduate level students.

Criteria and Requirements:
Submissions must be original, publishable quality work, which focuses on issues or concepts related to practicing anthropology in applied contexts. Candidates must submit papers that are no less than 20 pages in length, including footnotes, tables, and appendices. The paper should conform to author guidelines of the American Anthropologist. If you are submitting a team project, only one paper is needed for the project.

Award Submission Process:
Deadline for submitting papers is October 1,2002. Papers should be mailed to the following address:
Alayne Unterberger
Chair of the NAPA Student Achievement Award Committee
204 Forest Park Ave
Temple Terrace FL 33617

Electronic copies of papers are welcome. Electronic copies should be sent as email attachments to Alayne Unterberger at or PC-formatted disks (CD-Rom, floppy disks, etc.) to the above mailing address.

Award Review Process:
A panel of judges consisting of a committee of NAPA members and chaired by the Student Representative of NAPA or designee will review papers. The papers will be rated on the following criteria:
Relevancy to Practicing Anthropology
Community Impact or Contributions to local services/needs

The awarded project (either individual or group) will receive a $300.00 cash prize and certificate. Academic departments of awardees will also be recognized for their involvement in training recipient(s) in the form of a certificate (*). The cash award and certificate will be awarded at the NAPA Business Meeting during the annual AAA Conference. The award recipient(s) will be welcome to present their paper during this meeting. Winning papers will be published in a special issue of the NAPA Bulletin.

(*) "Academic departments" are generalized due to the possibility of awardees enrolled in different academic programs than Anthropology.

For more information about the NAPA Student Achievement Award, please contact Alayne Unterberger at


Subject: Call for NAPA Sessions at SfAA Meeting
Date:Tue, 06 Aug 2002
From:Alexandra Mack,

NAPA Call for Sessions

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) is a co-sponsor of the 2003 SfAA meetings in Portland, Oregon. We would like to invite submissions from NAPA members that emphasize the work that practicing anthropologists conduct outside academia, as well as work by students. We particularly encourage sessions that involve students side by side with professional anthropologists.

The following are suggested formats for sessions, however, other formats are welcome. If you would like your session to be considered for NAPA sponsorship, please send your proposals to Alexandra Mack (, NAPA Program Chair, by September 15.

*Please note you will also have to complete and submit the appropriate SfAA forms ( by the October 15 deadline.*

Session format 1:
Interest group roundtable. There are several interest groups within NAPA which have been “meeting” informally over the internet. In order to encourage face to face meetings, NAPA would like to sponsor roundtables for these interest groups, which would combine a paper session with a lunch or dinner discussion.

Session format 2:
Papers and small group discussion on research or other topics. This format assumes 3-4 short papers on a related topic (no more than 10-15 minutes) then 20-30 minutes of open discussion, then another set of papers followed by discussion, etc., for a total of 2-4 sets all in one general area of interest. We particularly encourage students as presenters. In order to encourage open discussion, if the session has high attendance, people can break into groups for discussion and report back to the larger forum.

Session format 3:
Student/professional roundtables. Resource persons from different job types within practicing anthropology agree to be available during a specified time. These people will be advertised ahead of time and identified by the type of job she/he has and some additional biographical information.

In this way students and others interested in pursuing a particular career path can pick and choose which people to meet with. The small group format of sitting around a table with the resource person will facilitate a more relaxed discussion. The resource person might open the discussion with some prepared remarks, but spend most of the time answering questions about the specific job and how it was obtained, etc. After 30 minutes, those who wanted to move on to another table to meet with another resource person would be given the opportunity to do so.

Session format 4: Issues forum.
This type of forum would involve open discussion on focused topics, in areas such as ethics, business, conservation, etc. These meetings would have a pre-designated facilitator to keep the discussion on track, and a person taking minutes to record the ideas. The forum would end with the group developing a list of outcomes, conclusions and/or recommendations.


Subject:Student Travel Award
Date:Thu, 25 Jul 2002

National Association of Student Anthropologists
2002 Travel Award

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Please note that the NASA Travel Award Committee is *now* accepting applications.

The "NASA TRAVEL AWARD (2002)," will provide partial financial support ($100.00) to NASA Members (excluding current or incoming officers and prior recipients) who successfully compete in an essay contest.

The two-part topic of the essay is 1) the future direction of anthropology as a discipline and 2) what NASA's role should be as we continue to support students of this discipline.

Please address both parts in your essay. The essay must be one-page, 12-font, and double spaced. Any essays that are more than one page will not be considered.

NASA reserves the right not to confer the Prize in any year in which the essays submitted to the competition are judged insufficiently prizeworthy.

Please email essays to as an attachment in .doc or .rtf format. Winners will be required to supply a copy of their student ID and round-trip travel itinerary at the NASA business meeting this November in order to receive their awards.

Winners agree to have their essays published on our website. NASA will accept applications immediately. The deadline for receipt of all applications is October 30, 2002. For more details, contact NASA Officer Lori Johns


Subject: Position Announcement
Date:Tue, 16 Jul 2002


Subject:The Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at NSF
Date:Fri, 12 Jul 2002
From:Kristin Raymond,

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites Program

Dear Colleagues,
The Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at NSF would like to alert you to the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites Program. The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of science funded by NSF.

REU Sites typically support 8-12 students for 10-12 weeks during the summer. Sites are typically focused around a common discipline or theme and should show plans for moving undergraduates from a dependent to an independent researcher status. Recruitment should focus on underrepresented minorities and those students who may not have access to research experiences; typically at least half of the students come from outside the host institution.

The deadline for proposals is September 15, and the program announcement is located at
A listing of the current REU Sites in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences is located at

For additional information, please consult the website or contact the Cross-Directorate Activities program -- Kristin Raymond ( or Bonney Sheahan (

Kristin Raymond
Science Assistant
Cross-Directorate Activities
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd, Suite 995.21
Arlington, Virginia 22230

End of Announcements 9/07/2002