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Reminder: NAPA OT Field School deadline approaching

The deadline for applying to the NAPA Occupational Field School in Guatemala is just a few weeks away: February 1.

Please visit the field school website very soon to check it out. Feel free to circulate the information to others whom you feel might be interested. The field school offers excellent experience and is very highly regarded by participants.

The site is at www.napaotguatemala.org.

AnthroCurrents Coming Soon!

Hello folks. We’ve been having some technical issues lately but hopefully this has been worked out. So you should see AnthroCurrents appearing very soon in this space!

AnthroCurrents Blog Returns

The NAPA Communications Committee is happy to announce that the AnthroCurrents blog, started by Cathy White and most recently authored energetically by Walter Pond, is set to relaunch under the stewardship of Julia Wignall.

Julia currently works as an anthropologist performing data analysis, ethnography and research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She finished her Master’s in applied anthropology 3.5 years ago and says she is still “figuring it out.”

Says Julia: “I am excited to contribute to AnthroCurrents since I have the same thing to gain as you, the reader; to learn how anthropologists and the discipline are represented in the… Continue reading

NAPA Member Survey; last chance!

The NAPA short survey to gather feedback and ideas from members will close soon. If you have not already done so, please visit the link below and provide your input. Your answers will help NAPA better serve you and all its members.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NAPAMembership 

All responses will be anonymous and NAPA appreciates your honest feedback.

Thanks!
Kerry Fosher and Fritz Lampe
Co-Chairs
NAPA Membership Committee

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – December 16, 2016

Networking: this is the magic word.

I am sure we all heard it. Yet we still apply for jobs the ‘regular’ way. I do both. Do you know what else I do? I cold-call (‘cold-email’ actually) people who work in my field of interest and I ask for informational interviews. It works with some people, others are just too busy. But if you can sip a coffee or talk over lunch with a person who has the final decision on who gets hired, go for it! You might want to read this article too.

If you have some… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents–On Hiatus

Greetings, Practicing Anthropologists!

It has been a quick 8 months, or so, since I started posting the AnthroCurrents blog twice each month.  I have enjoyed the process, the sharing, and your comments.  However, it is time for me to move on to other endeavors, ones that do not leave time for this activity at the moment.

NAPA hopes to have contributions return to this space as soon as possible.  If you–or someone you know–is interested in monitoring and sharing anthropology as it appears in wider media, especially practicing anthropology topics and people, please contact napacommunications@gmail.com, or any… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents–December 13, 2016

Normalizing “ethnography” as a business tool
See passing mentions of ethnography as a business tool in The Memphis Daily News, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Proceedings (2016), Crain’s Detroit Business, and a comparison of journalism and “anthropology” from The Nieman Lab.

AI, Technology, and Humans
Forbes summarizes Rebecca Gibson’s (American U.) recent article in Sexuality & Culture, using an anthropological lens on portrayals of human/robot sexuality in science fiction to track our culture’s changing views of AI.

Meanwhile, The Guardian interviews an Intel Corporation “staff anthropologist,” Genevieve Bell, about the intersection of technology and culture,… Continue reading

Apply now for the NAPA field school in Guatemala

The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala is now recruiting anthropology, occupational therapy, public health, and students in related disciplines for its four-week summer session: May 29 – June 23, 2017.

The field school offers transdisciplinary learning to promote leadership in social justice through collaboration with Guatemala-based NGOs and other community partners. Graduate students and upper division undergraduate majors in anthropology, occupational therapy, public health or related disciplines are encouraged to apply via our website www.napaotguatemala.org by February 1, 2017. Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

The field school is a project of the NAPA-OT SIG… Continue reading

AnthroJobs: Jobs of the week – December 2, 2016

I mentioned Intel’s in-house anthropologist before, but here’s another interview with Dr. Genevieve Bell. Worth a read, especially if you ever wondered how our set of skills fits in technology development.

Remember that although some jobs, sometimes, might not have “anthropologist” in the title, it is the job description that you need to read carefully to be able to decide if you have the skills for doing that job.

Google is looking for a User Experience (UX) Researcher to answer the most challenging questions in design. In this role, you will reveal what their users need from their… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents–November 29, 2016

Practicing Anthropology
The Wall Street Journal gives passing mention to ethnography as a marketing research tool, in an article about how election polling that missed Middle America’s votes for Trump may indicate similar advertising research has similar limitations. Seeking Alpha goes further, proclaiming that “[e]thnography is probably the only way to gather accurate data” for marketing and advertising.

The Evansville Courier & Press profiles doula and medical anthropologist Hillary Melichors (The Doula Group of Evansville).

The designers of SafariSeat, an all-terrain wheelchair to aid mobility in developing countries used ethnography as one component of a multi-disciplinary… Continue reading