Anthropology Announcements and News

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Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, Section Secretary

Hello, Anthropology Section,

The AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting is just around the corner. Abstract acceptance/rejection notifications are available through the AAFS portal. We would like to thank our program committee (Vincent Stefan and Elizabeth Miller) and abstract reviewers for working hard to put together our program.


  • Please send nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award to Gregory Berg ( no later than December 9.
  • January 18, 2017, is the last day to pre-register for the AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • We need volunteers for the Academy Cup, scheduled at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, before the Plenary Session. We won last year; let’s try for another. There is a limit of up to 30 members to a team. If you are interested, please email Kate Spradley ( The Academy Cup is a trivia-style quiz game that tests your knowledge of the AAFS.
  • Please remember that if your research involves living human subjects (e.g., inter-observer error, questionnaires, etc.) or the use of animals, you need to check in with your Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure you are exempt or to see if you need approval.

New Items Submitted by Various Anthropology Section members:

The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner is pleased to announce that Jennifer Vollner has been hired as a second full-time forensic anthropologist.  Jennifer will start in this position on July 1, 2017. The Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Forensic Anthropology will be suspended for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  Congratulations, Jennifer!

Congratulations to Julie Fleischman, Student Affiliate of the Anthropology Section, for winning the graduate category of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition’s 2016 student essay competition. More details about the competition, Julie’s essay, and the prizes are available at

The Society of Forensic Anthropologists (SOFA) developed an online forensic anthropology case database tool to serve the broader AAFS forensic anthropology community of practitioners and researchers. The purpose of this database ( is to amass information on method use in casework and illustrate how forensic anthropological estimations of the biological profile compare to the actual biological profile details of the identified decedent. SOFA members are currently adding their cases and your case submissions are also needed! For more information about the utility and applications of the database, visit our information table at the 2017 AAFS annual meeting or find details at