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January 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Korean Academy of Paleopathology and Osteoarchaeology (KAPO) have elected new executive committee members, and begin their new term in office from 2018-2020. This association was founded in 2012 and plays an important role in the exchange of opinions among paleopathologists in South Korea, holding regular academic conferences, communication with foreign scholars, and contributing to government policies for studies on archaeological human remains.

As you well know, paleopathology is not yet established well in East Asia, so this association has been working hard to overcome the situation. The new executive committee looks forward to working with the PPA, and improving active exchange with scholars in foreign countries.

More information can be found in the Korean Academy of Paleopathology and Osteoarchaeology Newsletter.

Dong Hoon Shin
Seoul National University College of Medicine

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

    Field Schools and Courses

    University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology: Human Osteology Short Course:

    This three-day course provides a broad introduction to the skeletal analysis of archaeological human remains.

    Led by doctoral researchers in Human Osteology and departmental staff, our Human Osteology short course provides a broad introduction to the skills and techniques of skeletal analysis of archaeological human remains.

    Ranging from basic anatomy to skeletal pathology, this course is ideal as a taster for people interested in pursuing further study in biological anthropology/human osteology; a refresher for those who have previously worked with archaeological human remains; or an opportunity for amateur enthusiasts to learn more about what goes on in the osteology lab.

    Course participants benefit from full access to our world-class teaching collections and facilities, along with the expertise of the department’s staff and researchers.

    The course balances academic quality with friendly, engaging tuition.

    Next course: 6-8 April 2020

    For more information, visit the website.

    PPA members who would like to post links to field schools and courses of interest, please contact paleopath.secretary@gmail.com



    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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