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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.

The Foundation is pleased to announce Dr. Mark Aldenderfer (University of Arizona) as the new editor of Current Anthropology, succeeding Dr. Benjamin Orlove in January 2008.

Wenner-Gren Foundation's new Institutional Development Grant is designed to strengthen and support the development of anthropology doctoral programs in educational institutions located in countries where the discipline is underrepresented.

Find out about the latest Wenner-Gren International Symposia Volume Indigenous Experience Today edited by Marisol de la Cadena (University of California, Davis) and Orin Starn (Duke University). This is the third volume of the series published in 2007, previous titles released this year were Anthropology Put to Work (eds. Field and Fox) and Where the Wild Things Are Today: Domestication Reconsidered (eds. Cassidy and Mullin).

An article by Professor Vincenzo Formicola (University of Pisa, Italy) in Current Anthropology provides evidence for ritual human sacrifices from Prehistoric Burial Sites in Europe. This is the first time research has documented this practice taking place during the Upper Paleolithic period in Europe and it was reported in various news outlets worldwide.