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The Lecture series from the Anthropology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences returns to the Wenner-Gren Foundation for its third year. Find out more about the dates and line-up planned for this year's Monday night talks.

Roberto Abadie and his bookRoberto Abadie, (Ph.D Graduate Center, CUNY 2006) is a recipient of the Wadsworth International Fellowship from Wenner-Gren Foundation from 2000-2006. The grant enabled him to come from Uruguay and pursue his doctoral studies in anthropology in New York City.  After completing his Doctorate he received a Wenner-Gren Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship to support the writing and publication of his dissertation into a book. The book: The Professional Guinea Pig: Big Pharma and the Risky World of Human Subjects has just been published by Duke University Press and has been featured on Time Magazine's website among other places .

CA CoverWorking Memory: Beyond Language and Symbolism is the first volume of the Wenner-Gren Symposium Series to be published by Current Anthropology. The Foundation has recently begun to publish the output of its symposia through the journal. This allows symposia articles to be available for worldwide distribution and access. Working Memory, mailed alongside the June 2010 issue of Current Anthropology, is edited by Thomas Wynn (University of Colorado) and Frederick Coolidge (University of Colorado).

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Dr Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Curator and Head of Physical Anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History headed an international team of scientists that has announced the discovery of a 3.6 million-year-old partial skeleton of “Lucy’s” species. The initial analysis, published this week in the Early Online Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), confirms that "Lucy" and her relatives were as as proficient as ourselves as walking on two legs. Read more about the findings and the press release here.

goup photoThe Foundation hosted an international conference last month near Teresópolis, Brazil, to analyze the history of physical/biological anthropology, focusing on the study of human biological diversity around the world. The meeting was organized by Ricardo Ventura Santos and Susan Lindee.

Dr. Kimberly Theidon (Harvard) is a three-time Wenner-Gren grantee. Her first book is now the inspiration behind one of the five films nominated for the 2010 Academy Award Best Foreign Language film: The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada), directed by Claudia Llosa (Peru)

Book CoverRitual Communication, edited by Gunter Senft and Ellen B. Basso, is newly published by Berg Publishers and now available for purchase. Find out more about this volume, and the development of the symposium series here.....

Program Changes ImageThe Wenner-Gren Foundation is pleased to announce an increase in the maximum grant amount for the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from $15,000 to $20,000 for applications submitted by the May 1, 2010 deadline.

Zoe Crossland giving a lecture for NYAS anthropology sectionThe Anthropology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences kicks off its Monday night lecture series on Monday, October 5 with a lecture by Shirley Lindenbaum (Graduate Center, CUNY) titled Four Ways To Tell The Kuru Story . Find out about the upcoming lecture series held at the Wenner-Gren Foundation Offices

Dr. Joe WatkinsDr. Joe Watkins, Director of Native American Studies at University of Oklahoma and member of the Wenner-Gren Foundation's academic advisory council appears on PBS Series “Time Team America” starting on July 8th