The FIRST Act has two flaws that could limit future discoveries
By David J. Skorton, Published: May 20
Congress soon will make an important set of decisions that could significantly impact our nation’s global technological and economic edge now and for years to come. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee is about to mark up legislation — the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act (FIRST Act) — to reauthorize a number of agencies and programs, including the National Science Foundation, charged with enabling the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in research and education. Read more in the Washington Post…
CIAMS students are invited to submit images from their summer projects for the first annual, highly coveted CIAMS Award for Archaeological Photography, known to insiders as ‘the Cappy’. A modest but substantial book voucher will be awarded for the image that best captures something quintessential about archaeological research and fieldwork, whether it’s the thrill of discovery, drudgery of pottery-washing, a satisfying sampling, or the camaraderie of a shade-cloth well raised. Please send your images (in jpg or other common format) to Assistant Director Chris Monroe via email any time during the summer before the judging begins in early September. Good luck, and may the best shooter win!
Mellon courses are curating interest in museum practice
[from the Cornell Chronicle] By Daniel Aloi
Students are learning the ins and outs of museum practice from a range of disciplinary perspectives in courses using Cornell resources in collaboration with the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. “Connecting Research with Practice,” an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will ultimately spawn eight collection-based courses co-taught by Cornell faculty members and museum curators and educators. The courses feature class sessions in the museum, visits to campus laboratories, study trips and guest lecturers from Cornell and beyond. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle…
May 7, 2014, a New York State Archaeological Association lecture will feature Kathleen A. Sterling (SUNY-Binghamton): “Challenging the European Stone Age: New insights from the Late Pleistocene site of Peyre Blanque (Midi-Pyrénées, France). 6:30 pm, Room 204 Center for Natural Sciences, Ithaca College.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Uthara Suvrathan, Ph.D. (Anthroplogy 2012, University of Michigan) as the 2014-15 Hirsch Postdoctoral Associate in Archaeology.
Uthara’s research draws on both archaeological and textual material to examine the organization of polities and places on the margins of large socio-political systems and empires in South Asia. She is especially interested in the interaction between political and elite authority and religious institutions and structures in early south India. At Cornell, Uthara will be working on converting her dissertation into a monograph that examines the long term archaeological history of a regional capital in South India and investigates the persistence of places and people on the margins.
Uthara is also involved in collaborative projects aimed at preserving the archaeological heritage in south India and the sharing of archaeological data between scholars working in the region. Working with colleagues in India and the United States, these projects involve the documentation and preservation of previously un-recorded historic inscriptions, as well as the creation of a shareable database recording archaeological site information collected by scholars working across South Asia.
In Fall 2014 – date to be advised - Uthara will give a seminar, ‘Complexity on the Periphery: Regional centres and local elite in south Asia’, as part of the CIAMS Seminar series. We look forward to this, her arrival, and her presence in the CIAMS community. Welcome!
This sad news arrived 4/24/14:
In anthropology we have learned about Professor Kennedy’s death which followed that of his wife Margaret in December 2013. His obituary appeared in the Ithaca Journal April 30, and includes a link for donating in his name. A story in the Cornell Chronicle appeared May 14, 2014, the source of the photo here.
[from CIAMS Director Sturt Manning's mail of 4/25/14]:
Kurt Jordan has agreed to be the next Director of CIAMS (and of the Archaeology Program) from July 1, 2015.
Sturt Manning has agreed to continue as Director until that time.
Chris Monroe will continue as Assistant Director of CIAMS.
Tom Volman is on leave during next year, and Annetta Alexandridis has kindly agreed to become Chair of the Hirsch and CIAMS Research Grants Committee from this summer.
“Deep Frieze,” by Daniel Mendelsohn, The New Yorker, 4/14/14
Since the mid-eighteenth century, when Greece and its ruins were being popularized by British and European intellectuals, the Parthenon appeared designed to represent everything we have wanted both ancient Athens and our own liberal democracies to be: the pure expression of a rational, humanistic world view. Now, in “The Parthenon Enigma,” New York University archeologist Joan Breton Connelly argues that the temple was designed to commemorate a human sacrifice. Read article…
David Frankel (Professor Emeritus, LaTrobe University) will give a lecture entitled
A Tale of Five Villages: Constructing Prehistoric Bronze Age Cyprus.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Physical Sciences Building (PSB) 401
A keynote lecture for the conference “New Directions in Cypriot Archaeology”, April 10-12