Friday Bulletin September 23, 2016

Published: September 27th, 2016

Category: Department Events, Department Updates, Faculty, Fellowships, Friday Bulletin, Job Posting, News

Upcoming events: 

CES presents a Lunchtime Symposium with Dr. Jack Kugelmass, “Yiddish on the Battlefields of Spain” 

Photo of information in regards to Dr. Jack Kugelmass's symposium on Yiddish on the Battlefields of Spain

Prof. Madsen lecture on Christianity in China

Professor Richard Madsen (Sociology, UC San Diego), one of the most eminent sociologists and scholars of religion in the US, will give a Delton Scudder Public Lecture at the University of Florida. 

Topic: How Christianities became Chinese Religions

Time: October 27, 2016, starting at 5:00 pm

Venue: 219 Dauer Hall

We very much hope that you will be also to join us for this event. In addition, please pass on this information to other faculty, students, and other interested parties.   The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department, and is organized by Professor Poceski (contact person).

Lecture Abstract: Many types of Christianity have taken root in China, some of them so different that it is best to talk of them sociologically (if not theologically) as Christianities.  In Chinese popular discourse, these are all called “foreign religion.”  However, they have all in their own ways become indigenized into various parts of a pluralistic Chinese culture.  In some cases this has come from above, through the efforts of elite religious and political leaders.  In others, from below, through grassroots creativity.  A challenge today for these pluralistic Christianities in a pluralistic culture is that the Chinese government is trying to create a unified Chinese culture to support a strong unified political system.

Speaker: Richard Madsen received an M.A. in Asian studies and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard. He is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology the University of California, San Diego, and was a co-director of a Ford Foundation project to help revive the academic discipline of sociology in China. Professor Madsen is the author, or co-author, of twelve books on Chinese culture, American culture, and international relations. His best known works on American culture are those written with Robert Bellah, William Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven Tipton: Habits of the Heart (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1995) and The Good Society (New York, Knopf, 1991). His books on China include Democracy’s Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2007), Chen Village under Mao and Deng (co-authored with Anita Chan and Jonathan Unger) (Berkeley, UC Press, 1992), Morality and Power in a Chinese Village (UC Press, 1984) [winner of the C. Wright Mills Award], Unofficial China (co-edited with Perry Link and Paul Pickowicz) (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989), China and the American Dream (UC Press, 1994), China’s Catholics: Tragedy and Hope in an Emerging Civil Society (UC Press, 1998), and Popular China: Unofficial Culture in a Globalizing Society, co-edited with Perry Link and Paul Pickowicz (Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).

Additional Items of Interest:

2017 Alan T. Waterman Award

~ The National Science Foundation’s Highest Honor ~

(Deadline: October 21, 2016)

The National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. The award consists of a $1,000,000 prize, a medal, a certificate, and a trip to Washington, DC, to receive the award.  For details about the Waterman Award’s history, the nomination procedure and the selection criteria please visit

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering. Nominations must be submitted electronically using NSF’s FastLane system at

Please direct all inquiries about the award and the nomination procedures to

Limited Opportunity- Keck Foundation Science and Engineering and Medical Research Programs

The Research Program by Keck Foundation seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in two specific areas (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. Past grants have been awarded to major universities, independent research institutions, and medical schools to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically, grants range from $500,000 to $5 million and are typically $2 million or less. Both Senior and Early Career investigators are encouraged to apply.

Internal Selection Process: We will collect two-page concepts from each college to be reviewed end of October. We will shortlist possible applicants for each of the two categories – Medical Research and Science and Engineering Research and conduct a concept paper review with a Keck program officer in late January 2017. Based on their inputs UF may submit a maximum of one application per grant cycle per category for the May 1st, 2017 deadline.   We invite Faculty in the following 10 colleges to submit their concept papers to the Associate Deans for Research of their respective colleges. The Associate Deans are requested to rank and submit the allocated number of applications from their colleges to the Office of Research by October 24, 2016 (Attn: Dr. Jeevan Jyot, )  • Colleges of Medicine, Engineering, LAS and IFAS: submit the top 2 concepts each. • Colleges of PHHP, Dentistry, Nursing, VetMed, HHP, Pharmacy: submit 1 concept each. 

Two page concepts should include:  

  1. an overview of the proposed project emphasizing any unique aspects and pilot studies (for Research Program concepts, indicate area of emphasis for project – medical research or science and engineering research);
  2. a description of the methodologies and key personnel;
  3. a brief justification of the need for Keck support; and
  4. an estimated budget broken down, if possible, by major areas, e.g., personnel, equipment, consumable supplies, etc. (budgets can be rough approximations at this stage).

If there’s room, the authors are free to add other details (e.g., background to put the research into perspective, description of the institution’s prominence in the field, etc.). Avoid illustrations in these single-pagers – the researchers will need all the room for text. If a reference is necessary, abbreviate it as (Science, 323, 45, ‘11). DO NOT USE (Jones et al., 2011).

The Foundation does not fund clinical or translational research, treatment trials or research for the sole purpose of drug development.

 Funding is awarded to universities and institutions nationwide for projects in science and engineering research that:

  • Focus on important and emerging areas of research
  • Have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation or methodologies
  • Are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches, or by challenging the prevailing paradigm
  • Have the potential for transformative impact, such as the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem
  • Fall outside the mission of public funding agencies
  • Demonstrate that private philanthropy generally, and the W. M. Keck Foundation in particular, is essential to the project’s success

For UF’s announcement, internal coordination details and a link to the program website, please visit:

Please contact us if we can be of further assistance

Postdoctoral Research Associate

We invite applications for a 7-month postdoctoral research fellow to join the National Science Foundation funded research project A Political Ecology of Value: A Cohort-Based Ethnography of Urban Social Policy(  This project will examine the impacts of a recent urban development campaign in Nicaragua titled Vivir Limpio, Vivir Sano, Vivir Bonito, Vivir Bien(“Live Clean, Live Healthy, Live Beautiful, Live Well”).  The campaign has targeted problems of waste management, environmental education, food safety, and public health.  The postdoctoral researcher will join the two Primary Investigators, Josh Fisher (Western Washington University) and Alex Nading (University of Edinburgh) to examine the interplay between these complex issues.  The postdoctoral fellow will be based full-time in the city of Ciudad Sandino, near Managua.

 Qualifications:   The successful candidate will possess proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and ethnographic fieldwork experience, ideally in Latin America.  Ph.D. in anthropology or related field required by the time of appointment in January 2017.   Candidates with experience in the anthropology of education will receive special consideration, but candidates whose work engages citizenship, community economies, the city, environment, or public health will also be considered.

 Expectations:  The postdoctoral fellow will live and work in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua for a period of 7 months, between January and July 2017.   Full-time residence in Nicaragua is required, though the start date is negotiable.  Over this period, the postdoctoral fellow will conduct ethnographic research on environmental education in primary and secondary schools. Activities include but are not limited to observation of the “Live Clean, Live Healthy” curriculum as it is deployed in two of Ciudad Sandino’s 22 schools, participant-observation in student neighborhood cleanup brigades, and interviews with teachers and school directors. The postdoctoral researcher will also assist the PIs and local project staff in planning and conducting two public workshops that bring together in dialogue diverse citizens including policy-makers, teachers, and food producers and garbage pickers.  In addition to these duties, the postdoctoral fellow will aid the PIs in carrying out the project Data Management Plan, including coding and analysis of fieldnotes and interview transcripts, and tracking of the ethnographic cohort.  The postdoctoral fellow will also participate in the writing and editing of project publications, and help to supervise the work of one undergraduate research assistant.

 Details and Benefits:  The successful candidate will be appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA), receiving full U.S. medical and other benefits, as well as a competitive salary.  Travel to and from Nicaragua, room and board, and other project-associated costs will be covered by the project.

 Application Procedures:  To apply, please send a current C.V., cover letter, a writing sample (article, dissertation chapter, or book chapter), and names and contact information for two people who may be asked to write letters of reference.  Please send all materials to Josh Fisher (  Review of applications will begin on November 4, 2016.

Graduate Seminars in English

Anthropology students interested in graduate seminars in the English department should consult the English Grad Coordinator, Dr. Leah Rosenberg (, for information and permission to register (provide her your UFID).  These courses will fill early.  Here is the list:

Apply Now For 2017-2018 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships or Grants!


Encourage your women graduate students and scholars to apply for an American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowship or grant! Deadlines for 2017-18 awards are fast approaching. Share these funding opportunities with your graduate students and scholars as well as the faculty and administrators who advise students.

[Deborah Silva, 2013-14 Career Development Grantee]


Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for at least eight weeks — Funding: $6,000-$30,000 ; Deadline: November 15


Who may apply: Women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or reenter the workforce and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least five years before the award period  — Funding: $2,000-$12,000, Deadline: December 15 

[Sandhya Sanduja, 2010-11 International Fellow]


Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents — Funding: $18,000-$30,000, Deadline: December 1


Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business, and medicine — Funding: $5,000-$18,000, Deadline: January 10

[Megan McGee, 2008-09 Selected Professions Fellow]


Who may apply: Individuals, AAUW branches and states, and nonprofit organizations to fund innovative programs or nondegree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls — Funding: One-year grant, $2,000-$7,000, Two-year grant, $5,000-$10,000, Deadline: January 15

Tenure-Track Position Open at UC Davis, Dept. of Anthropology


Assistant Professor Arizona State University

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with advanced expertise in social science research methods, including statistics. Anticipated start date is August 2017.  This position is part of a cluster of hires, in collaboration with ASU’s Institute for Social Science Research (,to advance  the university’s global leadership in social science methods innovation and training. We seek applicants with an established record of research that deploys advanced social science research methods to study pressing social questions that fit the intellectual mission of the School (, and with a capacity to teach advanced statistics to undergraduate and graduate students in the range of social science programs offered across the School (e.g., global health, anthropology, and environmental social science) and the University.

The successful candidate is expected to teach advanced social science statistics and social science methods at the graduate and undergraduate level, mentor both undergraduate and graduate students, conduct collaborative research, present research findings in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets and in public fora, seek external funding, and provide service to the university and profession.

Minimum qualifications:

Ph.D. in social statistics, sociology, policy, political science, epidemiology, econometrics, anthropology or related fields by the time of appointment

A strong record of research accomplishments, appropriate to time since Ph.D.

A record of or demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching

Desired qualifications:

Evidence of success in obtaining external funding

Experience teaching in a variety of modalities (e.g. classroom, hybrid, online)

Demonstrated record of collaborative experiences with interdisciplinary research teams

Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities 

Initial deadline for complete applications is November 7, 2016. If not filled, review will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please submit to the following materials: 1) a letter of application that outlines qualifications and includes a statement of teaching interests, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and email addresses of three references. Please make sure your last name appears in each uploaded file name. Please address your letter of application to Dr. Dan Hruschka, Social Science Methods Search Committee Chair. This is a paperless search; only materials submitted electronically as described above will be considered. A background check is required for employment. 

ASU is ranked sixth nationally in the National Science Foundation HERD survey for social science research. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change houses programs in anthropology, global health, environmental social sciences, and applied math in the life sciences. Faculty in our School collaborate through other dynamic research centers including the Center for Global Health, the Center for Evolution and Medicine, the Center for Bioarchaeological Research, the Center for Archaeology and Society, the Institute of Human Origins and the Global Institute of Sustainability. For more information, please visit

 Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at:  


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