AAAG Member Spotlight
Abigail Bigham is the incoming president of AAAG. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of Michigan, her research program is focused on understanding human genetic adaptation to environmental pressures and how these adaptations affect the range of modern human phenotypic diversity. In particular, Dr. Bigham wishes to understand the adaptive significance of specific phenotypes including those involved in adaptation to high altitude as well as infectious disease resistance and susceptibility. To do so, Dr. Bigham applies a selection mapping approach wherein it is hypothesized that past evolutionary responses to selective pressures impact the distribution of modern healthy phenotypes and disease susceptibility. Such knowledge is likely to profoundly impact our understanding of the genetic control of phenotypic traits as well as identify relevant pathways influencing infection and pathogenesis that will contribute to our understanding of gene function.
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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.
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AAAG MEMBERSHIP NEWS FOR 2015
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - JANUARY 20, 2015
2015 Membership Renewal
AAAG memberships run on the calendar year. If you have not renewed for 2014, please renew your membership by March 1 to be eligible to vote in this year's election. Memberships can be renewed online or by mail. Prices start at $15 for students and $40 for full members. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email Ellen Quillen.
Call for Nominations
The AAAG elections committee is seeking nominees for the positions of Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and 3 members of the executive committee. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague, please email PJ Perry or Drew Kitchen no later than March 1.
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AAAG EVENTS AT THE AAPAs
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - JANUARY 20, 2015
AAPA Education Workshop – Wednesday Afternoon
This year's AAAG education workshop will focus on communication and outreach issues in anthropology. Our panel of speakers will address how we communicate the results of our work and its general relevance to non-scientists through the use of blogs, social media, public lectures and interviews with the press. The panel will also address ways to integrate outreach initiatives into our research programs, an important component under new NSF guidelines. The workshop is free and open to all attendees of the AAPA meeting.
AAAG Networking Event – Thursday Evening
AAAG will be hosting the popular speed networking event at the AAPAs on Thursday, March 26th from 5-6:30pm. This event will give you an opportunity to briefly chat with a series of other AAAG members in a casual atmosphere. If you are interested in finding a new position, recruiting graduate students or postdocs, starting collaborations, or just want to get to know your fellow genetic anthropologists better, this is the event for you! The event is free, but space is limited so advanced registration is required.
AAAG Business Meeting and Cocktail Hour – Friday Evening
The AAAG business meeting will be held at 7pm on Friday, March 27th. The business meeting is open to members as well as any prospective members. Following the business meeting, AAAG will hold a reception from 8-9pm which is open to all AAPA attendees. We welcome new members so please bring your colleagues to learn about AAAG.
AAAG Symposium – Saturday Morning
This year’s symposium, organized by Vice President Abigail Bigham, will be held at 8am on Saturday, March 28th. Entitled "Rethinking Racial Health Disparities: the genetic anthropologist’s contribution to debates over health inequalities," it will address the role of modern genetic data combined with socioeconomic factors in understanding the persistence of racial health disparities.
OTPAG Awards – NEW THIS YEAR: POSTDOC AWARDS!
Four American Association of Anthropological Genetics' (AAAG) Outstanding Trainee Presentation Awards will be given out this year. The Outstanding Trainee Presentations in Anthropological Genetics (OSTAG) prizes are given for the best poster and podium presentations at the HBA or AAPA annual meetings. Each awardee (one each for best student poster, student podium presentation, post-doc poster, and post-doc podium presentation) will receive a $200 cash prize and a one-year subscription to the journal Human Biology. An eligible student must the lead author on the presentation and the one presenting in either a podium or poster format and must be an AAAG member by the March 1st submission deadline. Email Geoff Hayes by March 1, 2015 to be considered, and include your presentation title, abstract, and the time and date of your presentation in your email.
SUMMER INTERNSHIP FOR NATIVE AMERICANS IN GENOMICS (SING) WORKSHOP
BRIDGET ALGEE-HEWITT - JANUARY 20, 2015
The Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will once again be hosting the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop. The workshop will take place from August 2-9, 2015 at the IGB to discuss genomics as a tool for Native American communities and assist in the training of Native Americans in the concepts and methods currently used in genomics. The aims of the workshop are to facilitate discussions on indigenous values and whether scientific methods can be beneficially incorporated with these values, and to provide awareness of how genomics is currently used as a tool to assist in projects focused on natural resources, history and biomedicine. Additional instruction in fundamental concepts and methods in genomics and bioinformatics, including both theoretical aspects and practical laboratory- and computer-based training, will take place. More information and the online application can be found online.
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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