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Friday Bulletin August 31, 2018

Greetings all,


Some News and Notes in and around the Department this week:


NSF Program Officer to Visit UF

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Mantz, the Program Officer for Cultural Anthropology at the National Science Foundation, will be coming to UF on Thursday, September 20.  This is a rare opportunity for our department, and we’ve arranged for two separate meeting times with him.


From 9-11 am, Dr. Mantz will speak exclusively with interested graduate students about proposal writing and the NSF review process in CSE E252.  Have an idea you’re working on and want feedback? Unsure how to take the first steps in writing a proposal? Does NSF sound scary?  Come and hear Dr. Mantz demystify the National Science Foundation. Your disciplinary identity is not a barrier — Dr. Mantz will be speaking both broadly and specifically, and you’re sure to benefit.


From noon-1:30, we will host an informal lunch gathering (we will provide food) for faculty who wish to meet and chat with Dr. Mantz about similar issues: have an idea you’re working on but not sure how it would fit with NSF priorities?  Confused about process?  Have questions about how to begin?  This is a terrific opportunity to explore an important source of support for anthropologists.  I look forward to seeing you there!


Faculty News

Dr. Connie Mulligan has received an NSF Workshop award for advancing data management and sharing practices in the anthropological sciences. Please join me in congratulating Connie!



FASA, the Florida Anthropology Students Association, is our department’s organization for our graduate students.  FASA plays an important role in our annual Potlatch and Armadillo Roast, organizes additional fundraisers and social events, and provides some assistance for student conference travel.  FASA membership extends to all graduate students in anthropology, not only our second-year students.  Get involved!  FASA is an excellent way to interact with students across the years and disciplines and keep up with department happenings.


Coming Soon: Watch this space for updates on this fall’s FASA Colloquium Series, a forum for students and faculty to present preliminary results of their research or try out new ideas and strategies for an upcoming conference paper.  Interested in making a 30-minute presentation about your research? Let me know and I’ll put you in contact with our colloquium organizers.


Our Hallways are Boring

Hey Kids!  Been to a conference lately? Have a sweet, sweet poster you presented, and now you don’t know what to do with it?  Bring your (lightly used) poster to our office!  We will happily outfit your poster with some hangy-thingies and proudly display your research in and around our main office.


Kick-Off Picnic a Huge Success

Thanks to everyone (over 85 of us!) who came out for our First (New Series) Annual Anthropology Kick-Off Picnic at Depot Park last weekend.  Everyone had a terrific time, and thanks especially to Karen and Pam for coordinating and setting up, and to all of the students and faculty who came out early to help set up and stayed late to help clean up.


News from The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in conjunction with Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua Co. is hosting an event:  Home Away from Home: Remembering Refugees in Florida on Sept. 20, 2018 at 6PM in the Pugh Hall Ocora

Home Away from Home presents oral history interviews Seyeon Hwang, a doctoral student, conducted with refugees resettled in Jacksonville. A panel will consist of  organizations that provide services for refugees discussing themes of displacement, resilience, and “making it home” :

  • Basma Alawee, refugee and refugee organizer with Florida Immigrant Coalition
  • Travis Trice, World Relief Jacksonville
  • Jose Sanchez, Church World Services

Co-sponsorships are welcome and extra credit sign in sheets can be made available for your classes. Please contact Grace Chun at for more information. **Dinner refreshments will be provided.**


If you have any questions, please contact Grace Chun, Poarch Creek Project Coordinator, at



That’s all the news that’s fit to email.  Until next time, enjoy your long weekend, and we’ll see you Tuesday.

Peter Collings

Jessie Ball duPont-Magid Term Professor

Interim Chair

Department of Anthropology