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January 28, 2016

Dr. Michael Zimmerman and his wife Barbara have developed a website, http://manchestermummy.org , which lists the three thousand microscopic slides that he has donated to the KNH Centre for Biomedical Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK, representing an almost half century career.  The entries list the original sites, organs, diagnoses and publications and other information pertinent to each specimen, as well as many photomicrographs.  The slides and paraffin blocks may be borrowed for research purposes.  The Manchester collection also includes a number of mummy specimens and historic books.  Viewers may use the images for lectures and other scholarly pursuits but many of them have been published in various journals.  Those wishing to use images in their own publications would have to request permission from the relevant journals.  Any specific questions can be emailed to Dr. Zimmerman at michael.r.zimmerman@villanova.edu


Meetings and Events of Interest

**July 2016 the University of Coimbra will host a conference entitled "Working you fingers to the bone. An interdisciplinary conference on identifying occupation from the skeleton"     Abstract deadline will be in February 2016  More information can be found at  htttp://www.uc.pt/en/cia/events/Occupation_Conference_2016

**9th World Congress on Mummy Studies will be held in Lima, Peru, August 10-13, 2016. For more information go to http://www.mummycongress.pe


The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science

Announces Funding Opportunities

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers three different types of Fellowship funding: Post-Doctoral (3 year term), Pre-Doctoral (2 year term), and Senior (5-10 months), as well as shorter duration, more focused Research Associate positions. Applicants are welcome from any college or university worldwide. Independent scholars are also welcome to apply.

Priority will be given to question-driven research projects that address substantive problems through the application of interdisciplinary methods in the archaeological sciences. Laboratory facilities are especially well equipped to support the study of human skeletal biology, archaeobiological remains (faunal and botanical), environmental studies, and geoarchaeology (particularly studies in human-landscape interactions and the study of site formation processes). Research projects utilizing other archaeological scientific approaches are also eligible for consideration, depending on the strength of the questions asked and the suitability of the plan for access to other equipment or resources not available on site.

For more information, click here.

National Science Foundation

October 2016

The Biological Anthropology Program is returning to a six-month interval between competitions for both regular research (Senior) and doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIG). For the DDRIG competition, this change is effective immediately, in conjunction with the publication of a revised solicitation (17-506). The next DDRIG target dates will be January 20, 2017, and July 20, 2017, and future dates will be January and July 20th of each year. For the Senior competition (which has a program description but not a solicitation), this change will be effective AFTER the November 16, 2016 and July 19, 2017 target dates. The subsequent target dates will be January and July 20 (or next business day) of each year.

**Other DDRIG Changes** – please refer to the revised DDRIG solicitation (17-506) regarding the following changes:

- Target dates instead of deadlines

- Revised target dates (as noted above)

- Two-time submission limit per student

Other aspects of the Senior and DDRIG competitions, including the program scope, merit review procedures and proposal requirements, remain the same.

Main BA page: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5407

BA DDRIG page: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17506/nsf17506.htm


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.”


Rebecca J. Ferrell, Ph.D.
Program Director
Biological Anthropology
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Rm. 961
Arlington, VA  22230
(703) 292-7850(703) 292-7850
(703) 292-9068 (fax)


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Field Schools and Courses

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Posted 9/2/15

The Division of Paleopathology of the University of Pisa, under the Direction of Prof. Gino Fornaciari, will be offering two schools:
Field School Badia Pozzeveri in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology and the Summer School in Osteoarchaeology and Paleopathology,

For more information visit: Field School Pozzeveri: http://www.fieldschoolpozzeveri.org/ and http://www.irlabnp.org/activity.php?RecordID=2 and Summer School in Osteoarchaeology and Paleopathology: http://www.paleopatologia.it/attivita/pagina.php?recordID=41 and http://www.irlabnp.org/activity.php?RecordID=10


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