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Friday Scrapbook September 13, 2019

Hi All,

It’s the Friday the 13th/Full Moon Edition of the Scrapbook.  This spooky combo only happens every 20-30 years, so be sure to save your copy:  this rare issue might be worth money someday on Ebay!

Some Items from around the Department:

Upcoming Events

Potlatch this year is October 12 — less than a month away!  For those of you new to UF, Potlatch is one of our annual rites of intensification and a significant fundraiser to help support our graduate students by auctioning off departmental artifacts, relics, and other items of dubious provenance  If you have legacy items for the auction, you may drop them off in our main office in Turlington. If you have an item you’d like to donate, you may also bring that to the main office in Turlington, preferably with a note about what it is and what it might be used for.  Alternatively, if  you’d like to directly to the Graduate Student Travel Fund, you may write a check, payable to the Graduate Student Travel Fund, sent directly to Karen Jones in our main office.  Watch this space for a signup sheet for volunteers.

Got coffee? The University of Florida Coffee Research Symposium will be held October 17-19.  Organized by our very own Chris LeClere, the deadline to submit a presentation or poster proposal for the first ever UF Coffee Research Symposium is quickly approaching! This three day event is being held at Aloft Hotel and will bring together international industry professionals and researchers who have a common interest in coffee (or caffeine). There will be coffee tastings, demonstrations, and discussions. The cost is free for all UF students, faculty, and staff and lunch is provided Saturday and Sunday. Both graduate and undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply.   Email the conference organizer Chris LeClere for more information.


Dr. John Krigbaum and graduate student Kylie Williamson are co-authors on a new paper, “The dead shall be raised”: Multidisciplinary analysis of human skeletons reveals complexity in 19th century immigrant socioeconomic history and identity in New Haven, Connecticut, published earlier this week in PLoS One.  (Find the article here; a summary from Yale University is here). dr. George Kamenov in Geological Sciences at UF is also an author on this paper.  Congratulations to all!


Intersections Group on Ethics in the Public Sphere will hold their first Ethics Cafe event on Immigration on, Monday, September 16th in Smathers 100.  An Ethics Café is an informal gathering where people with diverse perspectives and experiences can talk about issues that matter to them. The goal is to facilitate reasoned, constructive, and civil conversations in which all the participants are able to join, and from which all will learn. Facilitators will be on hand to assist, but the cafes are student driven and open-ended.  Interested?  Want to know more?  You can contact Danielle Barrientos, Intersections Program Coordinator at or find their newsletter here.

Job Board

The Department of Anthropology at California State University, Long Beach is happy to announce a tenure track position in Biological Anthropology at the Assistant Professor rank. Successful candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by August 1, 2020. The faculty member is expected to teach undergraduate classes in support of anthropology and human development majors. Please see the full position description for examples. The applicants’ research area is open but ideal candidates will demonstrate experience working with living human populations and solid foundation in evolutionary theory and biological and biocultural theories and methods. We are particularly interested in applicants committed to undergraduate teaching, graduate student mentoring and the ability to involve students in research projects. Applicants whose work and experience demonstrates a strong commitment to the success of diverse students are particularly encouraged to apply.  For a full description of the position and information on how to apply, please go to the following link:

The Department of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Social-Cultural Anthropology with a demonstrated expertise in food and culture, a commitment to ethnographic research, and success in interdisciplinary collaboration and comparative work.

While preference will be given to scholars whose research addresses US food systems or comparative US/global food systems, we will also consider applicants working in other regions. Topical specializations might include: the intersections of contemporary food systems, environment/climate, and social change, food justice, food (in)security, and sustainability, and/or the political economies of food production, trade, and consumption at local, national, and international levels. More at  Applications due October 15th.


Enjoy your weekend,

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Jessie Ball duPont-Magid Term Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida