The American Anthropological Association recently sent a letter (140904 AAA_Officers_Ltr_Wise_re_Salaita) to University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise, asking her to do her utmost to repair the hiring process that was breached when the university rescinded an offer of employment extended to and accepted by Dr. Stephen Salaita last October. The AAA normally does not interfere with individual … Continue reading AAA Calls For Repair of Hiring Practices At U Illinois
In a move that was hailed by the anthropological community, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced on Wednesday morning that it had canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name “Washington Redskins” citing testimony and evidence that the Washington, DC- based football team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus in violation of … Continue reading Prominent Anthropologist Welcomes Football Team Name Trademark Cancellation
AAA Members: The Senate may vote on the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill (S. 2437) as soon as the week of June 16. The bill, which funds the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, Census Bureau, and other agencies and programs important to the social and behavioral … Continue reading Tell Senate to Reject Amendments that Cut Social Science Funding!
Dear AAA Members: For those of you concerned about NSF funding for anthropological research, I want to bring to your attention a legislative proposal currently making its way through the US Congress that would, if enacted, have serious consequences for anthropological research in the United States. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology, or … Continue reading AAA President Defends Social Science Research at NSF
On Friday of last week, President Obama gave his signature to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, which provides fiscal year 2014 appropriations for the projects and activities of the federal government. While the bill was signed more than three months into the fiscal year, it is the first time in several years that Congress has … Continue reading Omnibus Funding Bill Is Good News For Anthropology
In a recent USA Today editorial/opinion column, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith target grants awarded by the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate of the the National Science Foundation as examples of government waste and a misuse of taxpayer resources. This isn’t the first time that the … Continue reading Congress Targets National Science Foundation Grants
Is the government shutdown affecting anthropologists? Absolutely. Many anthropologists work for federal agencies like the the Department of Agriculture, the National Park Service and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These agencies, as well as others, rely on members of our discipline to study, research and provide perspective on how agency policy affects … Continue reading The Anthropologist’s Guide to the Government Shutdown