Physical anthropology is a biological science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Because it studies human biology in the context of human culture and behavior, physical anthropology is also a social science. The AAPA is the world's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists. Formed by 83 charter members in 1930, the AAPA now has an international membership of over 1,700. The Association's annual meetings draw more than a thousand scientists and students from all over the world.

Student Presentation Awards Competition deadline is March 1st

Submitted 27 February 2015 by Anthony Di Fiore

Attention students! The deadline to submit applications for the Student Presentation Awards Competition is March 1st. At its annual meeting, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists awards five prizes to outstanding presentations at the annual meeting whose first author is a student. Four named prizes honor Juan Comas, Aleš Hrdlička, Mildred Trotter, and Sherwood Washburn. These awards are for excellent presentation of either a podium talk or poster. A fifth prize, named for Earnest A. Hooton, is given for the best poster presentation. The Mildred Trotter prize is given for a superior presentation on bones and teeth; the other prizes ...

AAAG Education Event at the 2015 AAPAs: Outreach and Public Engagement in Anthropological Genetics

Submitted 26 February 2015 by Heather Norton

This year's AAAG Education workshop is entitled "Outreach and Public Engagement in Anthropological Genetics" and will take place on Wednesday March 25 from 1-4 pm in Grand Suite 3 of the Hilton. Our speakers include Deborah Bolnick, John Hawks, Ripan Malhi, Joe Orkin, PJ Perry, and Jennifer Raff, who will cover a range of topics relating to science communication and outreach. We will discuss different methods of communication with the public, characteristics of effective science communication, and various ways to incorporate outreach efforts into your research program. The workshop will be run as a panel discussion with plenty of ...

AAPA Auction Items Sought and Auction Photo Contest!

Submitted 25 February 2015 by Susan Anton

The AAPA Auction is nearly here! And once again we are looking for your donated items including your best field photos to auction. If you have items to donate please email Susan Antón ([email protected]) about them. Please send photos to Anne Stone ([email protected]) who with the aid of a group of physical anthropologists, will select ~5 for framing and auctioning. The deadline for submission is March 13, 2015. The AAPA auction will be on Thursday evening at the meetings and all proceeds directly benefit AAPA Student Travel Awards.

Call for participation in our survey about publication practices and performance measurement practices in science

Submitted 24 February 2015 by Stefanie Ringelhan

Dear colleagues,

As part of the FAceS project (, the Chair for Strategy and Organization (Prof. Isabell M. Welpe) at the Technische Universität München, Germany, is currently conducting a survey about publication practices and performance measurement in science. To attain representative knowledge about publication practices and performance measurement across different countries and disciplines (e.g., biology, physics, chemistry, medicine), we are particularly interested in your assessment and specifications on this topic. Participation in this survey will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants will be offered the chance to participate in the raffle for an iPad mini. Upon ...

AAPA Luncheon featuring Nina Jablonski

Submitted 24 February 2015 by EA Quinn

Saturday March 28, 2015

Dr. Nina Jablonski "Skin Pigmentation is Relevant to Everything that Physical Anthropologists Aspire to Do" Nina G. Jablonski is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research program is focused in two major areas. Her paleoanthropological research concerns the evolutionary history of Old World monkeys, and currently includes an active field project in China. Her research on the evolution of human adaptations to the environment centers on the evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation, and includes an active field project examining the relationship between skin pigmentation and vitamin D production.

Lindbergh noon-2 ...


Submitted 23 February 2015 by Ellen Quillen

Four American Association of Anthropological Genetics' (AAAG) Outstanding Trainee Presentation Awards will be given out this year. The Outstanding Trainee Presentations in Anthropological Genetics (OTPAG) 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 ...

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