MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 12/02/08

Thursday, December 4, 2008
"Presentation of a compendium of Summer 2008 Research Experiences, African Studies Center Brown Bag talk with several MSU Advanced Graduate Students from various disciplines, 12:00 noon, Room 201 International Center.


2009 Graduate Student Paper Prize The African Studies Association Board of Directors instituted the Graduate Student Paper Prize in 2001 to recognize the best paper presented by a graduate student during an Annual Meeting.

All papers presented by graduate students at the 51st Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL are eligible for the 2009 Graduate Student Paper Prize, which will be awarded at the 52nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, November 19-22 2009. The editors of the African Studies Review will coordinate an expedited peer review process for the prize-winning paper. Assuming that the reviewers recommend publication and that any recommended revisions are received in a timely manner, the African Studies Review will publish the paper in the April issue in the following year after the prize is awarded.

To apply for this award graduate students must submit their paper with a letter of recommendation from their advisor on or before January 15, 2009 to Kristina Carle, Program Manager, Publications and Information at

Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative - Awards Higher Education for Development (HED), in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), anticipates making up to 20 awards of $50,000 to plan for long-term higher education partnerships between African and U.S. institutions. These awards are intended to support planning for long-term partnerships to strengthen the capacity of African higher education institutions in the areas of (1) agriculture, environment and natural resources, (2) health, (3) science and technology, (4) engineering, (5) education and teacher training/preparation, and (6) business, management and economics. They are also intended to increase the engagement of U.S. higher education institutions in Sub- Saharan Africa. This competition grew out of a broad, collaborative effort between a number of higher education associations and other organizations involved in the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative.

For details about applying for this competitive award, please go to and click on Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative Planning Grants. Applications are due February 2, 2009, 5:00 p.m. ET.


Medical Anthropology-Bioethics - Michigan State U. The Department of Anthropology and the Center for Ethics and the Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine (CHM) invite applications for a joint tenure-track position in medical anthropology at the assistant professor level to commence August 16, 2009. This position will be 60% Anthropology, 40% Bioethics. Candidates must be committed to undergraduate, graduate and health professional education, and display evidence of excellence in research. Desired expertise includes but is not limited to: health disparities, critical studies of biomedicine and the health sciences, ethnomedicine, political economies of health and health care ethics. Geographic focus should contribute to current areas of departmental strength, including Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct externally funded research. Those with prior experience on a medical school faculty are especially encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. in anthropology is required by date of appointment.

Due December 10, 2008. Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the deadline. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities. Please send a letter of application, CV, writing samples and names of three references, to: Anthropology-Bioethics Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, 354 Baker Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824.

This is the final bulletin of the semester. The next bulletin will be January 13, 2009.

Page Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Ph.D.

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