Re: Repeating Re: [SACC-L] Phys Anth Update in Chicago, April 2009
- Thanks! Sadly, I'll be in DesMoines, IA at the Midwest Sociological
>>> AJ Petto <ajpetto@...> 01/08/09 11:07 AM >>>Sorry, I didn't realize that the file attachment would be stripped out.
It's a Saturday morning, April 4. However, you get free meeting
registration for attending the workshop, so if you are close by, you can
drop in on sessions that interest you, get into the exhibit areas, and
Here are the details:
You are invited to join the Education Committee of the American
Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) for their annual workshop
for teachers: Fossils, Bones & Primates: Enriching High School
Teaching. This FREE half-day workshop on SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2009 will be
held during the AAPA annual meeting at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and
Tower. The workshop is intended for biology teachers, but is open to
all science teachers. Take advantage of this free opportunity to enrich
your classes by incorporating the latest research in human evolutionary
biology, paleoanthropology, primatology and forensics.
For your FREE registration, contact (by Tuesday March
Dr. Martin K. Nickels, Illinois State University & Illinois Wesleyan
8:15 – 8:20 Registration and Welcome (Coffee, tea, juice, pastries and
such will be available.)
8:20 – 9:00 "Primate Clues to Human Behavior" Dr. Andrew Petto, Univ. of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This workshop focuses on primate behavior and the
many relationships and similarities between what we perceive to be human
behavior and that seen in other living primates. Many of these
behaviors provide insight into our own behavioral repertoire.
Behavioral examples will be provided from each of the major groups,
especially the apes. Information sheets and resource lists will be
provided to assist teachers in classroom preparation and discussion.
9:05 – 9:45 “Using the Fossil Record in Teaching Human Evolution” Dr.
Michael Alan Park, Central Connecticut State University. This session
demonstrates and discusses differences and similarities between modern
apes and humans. This establishes a "baseline" of observations for
interpreting fossils. Participants will use a series of fossil casts to
assess the pattern of evolutionary change over time. We will end by
considering the "answers" and what they tell us about the evidence for
and pathway of our evolution. Additional information plus educational
resources and materials will be provided.
9:50-10:05: Coffee Break.
10:05 – 10:45 “Human Skin Color Variation and Race” Dr. Barbara
O’Connell, Hamline University & Dr. Pamela Ashmore, University of
Missouri-St. Louis. This hands-on workshop provides you with the
opportunity to explore skin color - - typically recognized as an
indicator of racial affiliation. It investigates the adaptive
significance of skin color variation and globally maps skin color
distribution. Participants will investigate the application of this
form of human variation to recognized racial categories and address
misconceptions regarding race and human variation. Teachers
participating in this workshop will be able to demonstrate how
scientific methods can be applied to the biological study of race. In
addition, this workshop will provide a knowledge base for teachers to
discuss the reality of using human physical characteristics as
predictors of racial assignment.
10:50 – 11:30 “Who are you? Strategies for Presenting Forensic
Anthropology and Human Variation in the Classroom” K. Lindsay
Eaves-Johnson, M.A., University of Iowa & Dr. Nancy Tatarek, Ohio
University. When all that remains of a person are bones, forensic
anthropology can help answer this question. Using the tools of
anthropology and knowledge of human variation, one can determine sex,
age at death, race or biological affinity, and sometimes even
indications of a person’s occinstructors with a way to teach some of the basic techniques that
forensic anthropologists use to examine bones and unlock the secrets of
the dead. Participants will work through sample exercises that may be
passed on to their students, and will receive a list of resources,
including videos and a short bibliography.
11:30 – 12:00 Overview and Summary with a focus on teaching concerns
related to “creationism” and “intelligent design”. Dr. Deborah
Cunningham, Florida Atlantic University.
Between-Presentation Comments by Dr. Martin Nickels
Andrew J Petto, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
PO Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413
Now Available!!! Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism.
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My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher and it always
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The Prince of Tides
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