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TWIAN: From anthropology to social entrepreneurship

[TWIAN (i.e., This Week in Anthropology) focuses on issues of anthropological practice that are of interest to the NAPA Anthro membership.  The following post from Savage Minds.]

This time it’s Joana writing on her own as for the past two years my life has been largely taken over by an enterprise in which Pál only plays a minor part. As much as I like popularizing anthropology I have discovered that I am even more enthusiastic about social entrepreneurship. Recently I read on this blog that anthropology was „leaning its trendy shoulder onto social media and new… Continue reading

NEWS: 2009 NAPA Student Paper Competition Winners

The National Association of Practicing Anthropologists is proud to announce the results of the 2009 NAPA Student Paper Contest. All the submitted essays represented the highest level of academic writing and all participants should be proud of their accomplishments. The consensus among the judging panel after reading the collection of essays submitted was that future anthropologists, both professional and academic,will be characterized by an extremely intelligent and scholastically rich group. The resulting winners are as follows:

Andrew Flachs
1st Place Winner
Paper Title “The Capabilities Approach: Navigating Cultural Politics in Human Rights Discourse”
Oberlin College
Prize $300

Amy Cooper… Continue reading

Senior Researcher, User Experience

HLB Chicago is seeking a seasoned user researcher (8+ years) to anchor the company’s fast growing User Experience Practice in the Chicago office. This person will bring their intellectual curiosity, analytical rigor, methodological diversity, client savvy, and hard working attitude to our team.

As a Senior Researcher you will employ qualitative and quantitative methods to support product development from discovery through concept preferences and usability testing. Quantitative skills are a must.

RESPONSIBILITIES, include the ability to juggle the following:
· Business development support
· Project delivery and oversight
· Practice Innovation
· Multidisciplinary collaboration
· Contributing to the overall HLB… Continue reading

TWAIN: Learning Foreign Languages (Ethnography.com)

[TWIAN (i.e., This Week in Anthropology) focuses on issues of anthropological practice that are of interest to the NAPA Anthro membership.  The following post from Ethnography.com reminds us of the value of languages.

I was reminded of the importance of foreign language learning twice in the last week or so.  This morning I read a commentary in the New York Times about how poorly Americans do at foreign languages.  Several of the authors remind us that Americans have long done poorly at foreign language learning, and that demands for foreign language learning are declining in the United… Continue reading

TWIAN: AAA's Profiles in Practice Podcast Series

The American Anthropological Associations’s new “Profiles in Practice Podcast Series” is the topic of This Week in Anthropology.  Podcasting has finally arrived into the world of Practicing Anthropologists!

In 2007-08, the Practicing Anthropology Working Group (PAWG), with Shirley Fiske serving as an editor, began the “Profiles in Practice” column in Anthropology News. The purpose was to increase awareness of work being done by anthropologists outside of academia.  Eleven columns were published.  Subsequently, a permanent column was established titled “Anthropology Works.”  In 2008,  PAWG was  replaced by a permanent standing… Continue reading

TWIAN: Savage Minds Rewind: The Best of 2009

[TWIAN (i.e., This Week in Anthropology) focuses on issues of anthropological practice that are of interest to the NAPA Anthro membership.  The following post from Savage Minds is a worderful recap of 2009.

Everyone loves end of year reviews, even if they’re a couple days late. And we’re no exception. Here are some of the most popular posts, notable moments, and contributors’ favorites from the past twelve months.

SM picked up on the world of anthropology- from Dustin’s great post on Human Terrain in Oaxaca, Ethnic Studies Under Attack, Tom’s breakdown of the UK anthropology rankings,… Continue reading

Job: Community Outreach Coordinator

The Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for establishing and strengthening programmatic partnerships between WES and community organizations, government agencies, academic institutions and other institutions that work with immigrant communities. The coordinator will develop programs and services to promote awareness of credential recognition issues and support the integration of immigrants into professional and academic settings. S/he will develop and deliver training and information sessions for staff/volunteers of community agencies and for individual immigrant clients.

Responsibilities: • Arrange and present WES seminars and information sessions for immigrants and training

sessions for staff/volunteers of immigrant service organizations. • Develop/adapt seminar curriculum in response… Continue reading

Job: Lead Interaction Designer / Design Director

Should be local to the SF Bay Area…there is no move package. Must be comfortable in working with a start-up and doing multip;e releases in a year.. You will be the only UX person there for now. Will need to build a team and a lab over the next few years.

Title: Lead Interaction Designer / Design Director

Our client’s Innovation Management Solutions help companies to determine the best products and services to deliver and the best features and functions to include in them. Their SaaS-based solutions cover the product lifecycle from collecting and assessing Voice-of-Customer/Voice-of-Market data through collaborative applications… Continue reading

Job: Lead User Research Specialist

Position Summary: Kelley Blue Book is looking for a Lead User Research Specialist to conduct qualitative and quantitative studies that will improve the user experience on Kelley Blue Book’s website, kbb.com. This person will report to the Director of User Research and work closely with other researchers, product managers, and KBB auto industry liaisons to deliver insights about the consumer and customer (auto industry) experience with Kelley Blue Book. The ideal candidate has a passion for user research of all types, is a creative thinker with a strong foundation in research but a flexible approach, open to exploring out-of-the box… Continue reading

News: Ethnographic Field School, Summer 2010

NC State University Announces the Seventeenth Annual Ethnographic Field School, Summer 2010

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
May 28 – July 18, 2010

Environment, Heritage, Identity, and Globalization in Mayan Communities

Field school website: http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/wallace or through the NCSU Study Abroad Office website: http://studyabroad.ncsu.edu/

Objectives: Learn how to design, conduct and write-up your own independent research project while on the shores of a crystal lake framed by volcanoes! During the seven week program time, live and work with an indigenous Guatemalan family in the Lake Atitlán area of the Western Highlands. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, training as… Continue reading