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The Wenner-Gren Foundation is pleased to announce the Osmundsen Initiative that will provide up to an additional $5,000 of support for select applicants who receive either a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant or a Post-Ph.D. Research Grant. We hope that this new initiative will help to offset necessary cuts in our maximum grant amounts for these programs.

All Applicants have been e-mailed the outcome of the first screening round of grant applications submitted for the November 2008 deadline.

Since Fall 2008 the Anthropology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences has been holding its meetings at the Wenner-Gren Foundation Offices on Monday Evenings. Meetings are free and open to the public.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation is delighted to announce the award of two Institutional Development Grants to the National University of Mongolia and the Museum of Cordoba, University of Cordoba, Argentina. This grant program was established in 2008 to support the development of doctoral anthropology programs in countries where anthropology lacks financial and institutional support.

The Foundation will be sponsoring different events at the annual meeting of the AAA in San Francisco. From a Presidential panel on "Anthropology Put to Work" to a grant workshop and finally a wine reception on Friday night. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Read about Dr. Sharon DeWitte's dissertation research on the impact and epidemiology of the Black Death in 14th century Europe which was recently featured in the New York Times Science Section.

Dr. Fred Grine and his research team analyzed a cranium from Hofmeyr, South Africa dating back 36.7 thousand years to enhance our understanding of the evolutionary history of modern humans in sub-Saharan Africa. His research was listed as one of the top ten scientific discoveries of 2007 by Time magazine.

The Foundation is hosting a wine and cheese reception on Friday, November 30 at the American Anthropolgical Association meeting. Please come and meet the Foundation staff as well as toast the incoming and outgoing editors of Current Anthropology. Other Foundation events at the November AAA meetings are a book launch for the latest publications from the Wenner-Gren International Symposium series, a Presidential Panel on “Indigenous Experience Today” and a grant writing workshop to advise people on Foundation programs.