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A San Francisco Treat

Throughout the month of October, we’ll be giving readers gear for the Annual Meeting. Each day will be a different trivia question, so check back in daily for your chance to win. To answer the trivia question, you will need to leave your answer as a comment here on this blog. All the comments will be held for moderation until the end of the day. A commenter to answer the question correctly will be chosen at random to win an item of Annual Meeting gear. There will be one prize-winner each day. Once you win, you will be ineligible to win again during this blog series.

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Today’s trivia question:

AAA held its first Annual Meeting in 1902. Where was the meeting held?

The AAA Annual Meeting will be held this year in San Francisco from November 14-18. Have you signed up to volunteer yet?

A San Francisco Treat

Throughout the month of October, we’ll be giving readers gear for the Annual Meeting. Each day will be a different trivia question, so check back in daily for your chance to win. To answer the trivia question, you will need to leave your answer as a comment here on this blog. All the comments will be held for moderation until the end of the day. A commenter to answer the question correctly will be chosen at random to win an item of Annual Meeting gear. There will be one prize-winner each day. Once you win, you will be ineligible to win again during this blog series.

Today’s trivia question:

There are four AAA Executive Board motions that affect where the AAA and its Sections hold meetings. List two.

The AAA Annual Meeting will be held this year in San Francisco from November 14-18. Have you signed up to volunteer yet?

A San Francisco Treat

Throughout the month of October, we’ll be giving readers gear for the Annual Meeting. Each day will be a different trivia question, so check back in daily for your chance to win. To answer the trivia question, you will need to leave your answer as a comment here on this blog. All the comments will be held for moderation until the end of the day. A commenter to answer the question correctly will be chosen at random to win an item of Annual Meeting gear. There will be one prize-winner each day. Once you win, you will be ineligible to win again during this blog series.

Today’s trivia question:

One resource newly available to academics is a searchable database of teaching materials. Teachers can upload their content to share or can search for new material. What is the name of this tool?

The AAA Annual Meeting will be held this year in San Francisco from November 14-18. Have you signed up to volunteer yet?

4 Design Tips, For Awesome Research Posters

Today’s guest blog post is by AAA member, Ashkuff.

Name’s Ashkuff, and I’m a business anthropologist. Part of my job involves conducting solid academic research, and presenting it in a slick and business-savvy way. I honed my design skills while running the marketing committee at UF’s Office of Multicultural & Diversity Affairs, and I learned about poster presentations through trial-and-error at various conferences. After my poster presentation at American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) 110th conference in Montreal, AAA invited me to guest blog about anthropology and communication. Shortly afterward, colleagues started asking me to help them design their research posters, giving me the chance to perfect my designs even more.

Based on that experience, I want to offer anthropologists four design tips for research posters!

DESIGN TIP #1

Have one clearly-defined goal for your poster. Vague goals make themselves difficult to pursue. Multiple goals overwhelm each other. Instead, decide upon one specific goal that would make you feel successful, even if all else failed. For example: “I want passersby to stop and discuss my research with me.”

DESIGN TIP#2

Have a straightforward call-to-action. Marketers have long understood that, if you want something from your audience, you need to make it clear and convenient. Think of infomercials ending with: “CALL NOW! 1-800-EXAMPLE.” Likewise, if you want passersby to discuss your research with you, your poster should ask them to! Heck, for their convenience, try including a list of suggested discussion topics.

DESIGN TIP#3

Keep it short and simple! You’re presenting a poster, not a paper. Passersby don’t have time or patience for lots of reading. You’ll be lucky for one minute of a passerby’s time, and people read around 300wpm. Also, drop jargon that your audiences won’t grasp. For example, imagine presenting “The Biokinesic Anthropology of Parkour” at an anthropology conference. Your audience will probably grasp general anthro jargon, but tune out biokinesic-specific or Parkour-specific jargon.

DESIGN TIP #4

Start with a template, and customize it to your liking! Your research and adventures probably keep you too busy for details like margin alignment and padding width. So don’t start from scratch.

— Ashkuff | http://www.ashkuff.com | Bored with reading about others’
adventures? Burning to venture out yourself? Let this applied anthropologist remind you how.

A San Francisco Treat

Throughout the month of October, we’ll be giving readers gear for the Annual Meeting. Each day will be a different trivia question, so check back in daily for your chance to win. To answer the trivia question, you will need to leave your answer as a comment here on this blog. All the comments will be held for moderation until the end of the day. A commenter to answer the question correctly will be chosen at random to win an item of Annual Meeting gear. There will be one prize-winner each day. Once you win, you will be ineligible to win again during this blog series.

Today’s trivia question:

This year the AAA Annual Meeting will take place in which two hotels? And which hotel is the headquarter hotel?

The AAA Annual Meeting will be held this year in San Francisco from November 14-18. Did you know that today is the LAST DAY to book your hotel at the discounted rate – don’t delay, book today!

A San Francisco Treat

Throughout the month of October, we’ll be giving readers gear for the Annual Meeting. Each day will be a different trivia question, so check back in daily for your chance to win. To answer the trivia question, you will need to leave your answer as a comment here on this blog. All the comments will be held for moderation until the end of the day. A commenter to answer the question correctly will be chosen at random to win an item of Annual Meeting gear. There will be one prize-winner each day. Once you win, you will be ineligible to win again during this blog series.

Photo courtesy of SFTravel

Today’s trivia question:

Which street in San Francisco is one of the world’s most crooked?

The AAA Annual Meeting will be held this year in San Francisco from November 14-18. If you have not done so already, be sure to book your hotel. You only have 4 days left to book your hotel at the discounted rate – don’t delay, book today!

A San Francisco Treat

Throughout the month of October, we’ll be giving readers gear for the Annual Meeting. Each day will be a different trivia question, so check back in daily for your chance to win. To answer the trivia question, you will need to leave your answer as a comment here on this blog. All the comments will be held for moderation until the end of the day. A commenter to answer the question correctly will be chosen at random to win an item of Annual Meeting gear. There will be one prize-winner each day. Once you win, you will be ineligible to win again during this blog series.

Today’s trivia question:

Anthropology News recently joined Twitter. What handle do you need to follow to stay up-to-date on the latest news in anthropology?

The AAA Annual Meeting will be held this year in San Francisco from November 14-18. If you have not done so already, be sure to book your hotel. You only have 5 days left to book your hotel at the discounted rate – don’t delay, book today!

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