Psychological anthropologists interested in fostering collaborative research in behavioral science, neuroscience, clinical science and the humanities, based on a process of inquiry, dialogue and collaboration with contemplative practitioners and scholars should apply. The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI) is held annually at the Garrison Institute in New York as a week-long immersive experience. The long-term objective to advance the training of a new generation of interdisciplinary scholars interested in exploring the influence of contemplative practice on mind, behavior, brain function and health, including the potential role of contemplative methods in shaping and enriching human experience and consciousness. SRI participants become eligible to apply for the Mind & Life Francisco J. Varela Research Awards.
Application period: January 9 – February 13, 2017
Summer Research Institute: June 5 – 11, 2017
Garrison Institute, New York
Grants are available to support students traveling from long international and domestic routes to attend. For more information and application instructions, visit the webpage.
The Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA) and the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) co-sponsored a rollicking Speed Mentoring Event and Reception at the 2016 AAA Meetings in Minneapolis. Each mentee met with four mentors matched to their interests by one of the event co-organizers.
Evaluations collected from the 77 participants confirmed consistently that mentoring should remain on the SMA’s AAA program. Representative comments included: “The event went beyond my expectations, everyone was so helpful and collaborative” and, “it was so much better than networking, it was an exchange of ideas.” The overall strengths reported were the details put into to the mentor-mentee matching, the relaxed social atmosphere, and time allotted for each speed mentoring conversation (15-20 minutes). The main suggestions were to hold the event earlier in the day, provide some type of introduction of all the mentors to the mentees either in advance or at the event, and have a larger room so people could spread out more and hear each other better.
The event co-organizers from SPA and SMA, the SMA Membership Committee, and the SPA and SMA Executive Boards would like to thank the event volunteers who included: Carolyne Egesa (MASA liaison and University of Amsterdam), Lara Gunderson (PIRE and University of New Mexico), Elise Trott (PIRE), Daniella Santoro (Tulane University), and Saira Mehmood (SMA Digital Communications Director and Southern Methodist University).
The organizers would like to thank the following mentors who volunteered their time to make the event a success:
Baer, Roberta (“Robbie”) (U South Florida)
Basile, Melissa (Northwell Health System)
Brown, Peter (Emory U)
Bruna, Sean (Western Washington U)
Buchbinder, Mara (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Chapin, Bambi (U Maryland Baltimore County)
Dressler, William (“Bill”) (U Alabama)
Feldman, Douglas (SUNY, Brockport)
Guarnaccia, Peter (Rutgers U)
Hay-Rollins, Cameron (Miami U)
Heckert, Carina (UT El Paso)
Korbin, Jill (Case Western U)
Lee, Simon Craddock (UT Southwestern)
Lende, Daniel (U South Florida)
Levin, Betty Wolder (CUNY)
Lowe, Ted (Soka U)
Luhrmann, Tanya (Stanford U)
Luque, John (“Juan”) (Medical U of SC)
McLean, Athena (Central Michigan U)
Mendenhall, Emily (Georgetown U)
Moore, Roland (PIRE)
Moyer, Eileen (U Amsterdam)
Myers, Neely Laurenzo (Southern Methodist U)
Oths, Kathryn (“Kathy”) (U Alabama)
Page, J. Bryan (U Miami)
Pritzker, Sonya (U Alabama)
Raikhel, Eugene (U Chicago)
Roedlach, Alex (Creighton U)
Seligman, Rebecca (Northwestern U)
Sobo, Elisa (“EJ”) (San Diego State U)
Strauss, Claudia (Pitzer College)
Weaver, Leslie Jo (U Alabama)
Weller, Susan (“Sue”) (U Texas Medical Branch)
Willging, Cathleen (“Catie”) (PIRE)
Wolf-Meyer, Matthew (Binghamton U)
Worthman, Carol (Emory U)
Yarris, Kristin (U Oregon)
The SPA meetings are coming up, and with them the opportunity to share your recent books with our great group of psychological anthropologists. The Society for Psychological Anthropology has arranged with The Scholar’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our conference taking place March 9-12 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it may be possible for your recently-published books to be included in their display.
Any members interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming SPA meeting should contact their publisher as soon as possible to see if they would be willing to send the book for the exhibit. The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and all requests must come from them, not the individual authors. If they don’t already have it, the press may request the appropriate paperwork by emailing Mary Lynn Howe. Publisher reservations should be submitted no later than February 20th.
When you write/call to your publisher, have them contact the Scholar’s Choice at [email protected] or 585-262-2048 x.111 to get things arranged. You can send them this little blurb:
Publishers who are unable to attend the meetings separately, but wish to have a few titles exhibited should contact The Scholar’s Choice. They will be providing the combined book exhibit at our biennial conference. Please contact Mary Lynn Howe by email ([email protected]) or phone (585-262-2048 x.111) for more information.Read More
Three appointed positions will open on the SPA’s Board of Directors by the end of 2016. We invite any member who is interested to volunteer or to nominate a candidate. The SPA has a number of programs and a diverse membership, which opens many possibilities for leadership. Your voice and involvement can help sustain and develop SPA’s role as a thriving and supportive scholarly home for our members!
Details on the different positions are provided below. If you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague for any of these positions, please send a brief statement of interest to Hal Odden by March 28th.
The Secretary is responsible for all administrative matters of the SPA under the direction of the President, and is involved in all of the Society’s diverse programs and activities. The Secretary oversees prize and grant selection committees, and is a member of the Biennial Meeting organizing committee. The Secretary is a voting member of the Board of Directors and serves a four-year term (2016-2020). If you have any questions on the position, please contact Hal Odden.
The Treasurer is responsible for the budgeting and administration of the SPA’s finances, and is the Society’s fiscal agent. The Treasurer also administers all grants distributed by the SPA once awardees have been selected, including the Lemelson Fellowship and Conference Grants, and the International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant. In 2015, the Treasurer administered grants worth In excess of $83,000. The Treasurer is a voting member of the Board of Directors and serves a four-year term (2016-2020). If you have any questions on the position, please contact Hal Odden.
Electronic Publications Editor
The Electronic Publications Editor is responsible for developing and maintaining all of the SPA’s online resources and social media, including the SPA website, Vimeo site, Facebook, and Twitter. Experience with website design, HTML, CSS, video-editing, and social media is important. The term of office is four years beginning at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting (2016-2020). The Editor is a voting member of the SPA Board of Directors. Graduate students are eligible to serve in this position. If you have questions on this position, please contact Allen Tran and Ted Gideonse .
The deadline for submitting abstracts for the SPA meetings has been extended to Wednesday, January 28. Hope to see you in Boston!Read More
The Robert Lemelson Foundation has graciously agreed to renew its support for the Lemelson Student Fellowship Program. This program provides funds for exploratory research or methods training for graduate students to help prepare them for the dissertation research. It’s a great opportunity and we hope that you will take advantage of it. The deadline is not far away: March 31st, 2014. More information on the program and the application materials can be found here.Read More