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AAA Names New Executive Director

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is pleased to announce that its Executive Board has selected a new Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow. Dr. Liebow was selected after a search process that included broad outreach to national and international contacts and organizations.

 Dr. Liebow is an accomplished administrator and researcher. In addition, he has been very active in AAA, serving as AAA Treasurer, as well as an Executive Board member. He comes to the Executive Director’s position after a long career with the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest not-for-profit research and development organization. He joined Battelle in 1986, the year he received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Arizona State University. Dr. Liebow also has a BA in sociology/anthropology from Carleton College. He has conducted research and public policy analysis on a variety of energy, public health, and social policy issues concerning disadvantaged communities. While at Battelle, he rose from the rank of research scientist to project leader to director of research operations in the Seattle office. Dr. Liebow maintains a position as affiliate associate professor of anthropology and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Washington. He has also been a visiting professor of Applied Anthropology and Comparative Economics at Università Carlo Cattaneo (Castellanza, VA, Italy), a Senior Fellow of the Fulbright Commission, and has served on the faculty of the CDC-sponsored Summer Evaluation Institute.

“Dr. Liebow’s administrative ability, knowledge of the challenges as well as opportunities facing scholarly associations and his vision for anthropology and the robust future of the Association made him the best choice,” according to AAA President, Leith Mullings. “I am confident that Dr. Liebow will be a great asset to the Association as we seek to strengthen our relationships with national and international organizations, expand our engagement with the public and increase the visibility of anthropologists and anthropological knowledge”

“I am very excited about this new position,” Liebow said in a recent interview. “It is my aim to make the Association a welcoming home for folks from a variety of backgrounds and organizational affiliations.”

Dr. Liebow will join the AAA in January, 2013.

See You Next Year in Chicago

We hope you had a great time in San Francisco at the 111th Annual Meeting! See you next year. Chicago beckons…

Celebrate Student Saturday!

Student Saturday was developed to encourage anthropology students to attend the AAA annual meetings and provide programming of particular interest to them. This event includes the annual Graduate School Fair in addition to special programs designed specifically for students joining us in San Francisco. Anthropology students may attend Student Saturday at the discounted rate of only $50 for one-day admission. Registration includes access to all regular sessions and special events on Saturday.  Special Programming will include:

  • 4th Annual Graduate School Fair from 10am-2pm in the Grand Ballroom
  • Trivia (with great prizes!) at the Graduate School Fair
  • Graduate School Fair Reception from 2pm-3pm in the Grand Ballroom
  • Free coffee, tea, and snacks at the Reception!
  • Workshop on careers in anthropology conducted by Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins (University of Oklahoma).  Ellick and Watkins recently released The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to Career (Left Coast Press).  This workshop will be held from 10am-12pm in Continental 1. Registration is required.
  • Sessions, workshops, roundtables, poster sessions, and film screenings of particular interest to students
  • National Association of Student Anthropologists annual Business Meeting from 12:15pm-1:30pm in Golden Gate 8

This Student Guide to the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association includes tips for student attendees, a schedule of special events and suggested sessions, as well as a Guide to Annual Meeting Terms. View it now and receive a copy on-site when you register for Student Saturday.

To register for Student Saturday, please visit the online registration page. A tutorial on how to register can be found here.

Note: Students who are registered for meeting sessions during the week are eligible to participate in sessions and events on Saturday. Please click here to access the preliminary program of sessions taking place at the Annual Meeting.

Thinking of a Career in Anthropology? Attend the NAPA/AAA Careers Expo

Meet professional anthropologists and explore career options at the NAPA/AAA Careers Expo at the AAA Annual Meeting. The Careers Expo will be held on Friday, November 16 in the main exhibit hall, 11 am-4 pm.  Talk with professional anthropologists working in government, for-profit and non-profit organizations.   Archaeologists, medical anthropologists, cultural anthropologists.  Careers in cultural resources, health and human services, design and promotion, policymaking, and more!

There is still time to register for workshops!

Today’s guest blog post is by AAA member Dr. Sabrina Nichelle Scott.  Dr. Scott is a consumer anthropologist, and she is the Chair of the NAPA Workshops Committee.

Did you know there is still time to register for workshops at the AAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco?  There are twenty-five workshops sponsored by various sections of AAA with ten of those workshops offered by the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA).  Workshops are scheduled from Thursday, November 15, 2012 through Saturday, November 17, 2012.  You can register on-site, but why not guarantee your seat by registering online at http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/Workshops.cfm?  Alternatively, there is a direct link on the main webpage of the AAA website at http://www.aaanet.org/index.cfm to workshops registration with complete workshops descriptions.  I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Breaking News! AAA To Have New Executive Director

The AAA Executive Board has selected a new Executive Director, in light of the retirement of current Executive Director, Bill Davis. The new Executive Director will be announced tonight at the AAA Business Meeting. This meeting will be held in Room Continental 5 Ballroom level at 6:15pm.

More than just tacos: Lunch in the Mission #AAA 2012

This is a re-post from the blog of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition by Rebecca Black. The folks at SAFN have such unique ideas on places to eat while at #AAA2012. Don’t forget to check out SAFN’s sessions and Rebecca know which eateries you’ve enjoyed most from her picks.

While spending long hours in a conference hotel listening to colleagues, networking, catching up with friends and engaging our minds is a priority for most AAA conference attendees, we all need to make time to eat. Why not take an extra half hour and escape the artificial lights and din of the conference to see some of the city and get a tasty lunch that will cost half as much as hotel food. Hop on BART and get off at the 24th Street Mission stop. San Francisco is all about neighborhoods. The Mission was traditionally a working-class Latino neighborhood but it has undergone some major transformations over the past twenty years. You can taste them for yourself.

Photo SF Gate

On Mission Street, just a stone’s throw from the BART station, is La Taqueria. Although the number one taco shop is greatly contested in San Francisco, this little restaurant generally comes out in the top five. The Mission is also famous for its burritos, mainly for their ridiculous size. It is nearly unthinkable, but if you are not up for Mexican food, check out Rosamunde Sausage across the street for delicious sausages and beer.

Wander down 24th Street for more Latin American culinary delights at La Palma. You can watch the women in the kitchen making tortillas, and get some great takeaway food. Around the corner on Harrison Street you can indulge in a SF ice cream experience at Humphry Slocombe. Don’t miss the “secret breakfast” flavor. Too cold for ice cream? Hipster donuts and coffee are just down the street at Dynamo donuts.

As you stroll through the neighborhood after lunch, take note of the many murals that adorn sides of buildings and wooden fences in this area. They tell the story of Latino migrants and their heritage.

Balmy Alley Mural


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