Category Archives: New Courses

Human Osteology Research Workshops and Field School in Transylvania (Romania)

Our osteology and bioarchaeology programs are designed to offer intensive, hands on experience with remarkably well preserved human osteological remains, focusing primarily on research skill acquisition. They provide a very effective transition between the controlled teaching environment of an osteology academic lab and real “life” burial assemblages. As such, our programs offer an essential and necessary skill set to anyone pursuing a career in physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, forensics or medicine:

Adult Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates:
 June 2 – June 29, 2019
More information:  
https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/adult-osteology-laboratory
Contact e-mail: 
archaeology@archaeotek.org 
Project Director:
 Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Department of Anthropology, University of Southern Florida)
Credits: 
3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF (USF deadlines and tuition applies)non-credit positions available
Requirements: 
experience with basic human anatomy and morphology useful but not required

Juvenile Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop: Victims of Change – Bioarchaeology of Children

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates:
 June 30 – July 27, 2019
More information:
 https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/juvenile-osteology-laboratory
Contact e-mail: 
archaeology@archaeotek.org 
Project Director:
 Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Department of Anthropology, University of Southern Florida)
Credits: 3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF (USF deadlines and tuition applies)non-credit positions available
Requirements: stand alone human osteology course is a prerequisite (such as the above Adult Osteology Laboratory Workshop or equivalent)

Ossuary Excavation and Commingled Remains Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc (laboratory) and Valeni / Patakfalva (excavation), Transylvania, Romania
Dates: Session 1: June 2 – June 29, 2019; Session 2: June 30 – July 27, 2019
More informationhttps://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/commingled-remains
Contact e-mailarchaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Director: Frankie West and Dr. Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua (Department of Anthropology, Western Carolina University)
Credits: 6 undergraduate credits available through WCU for session 1 (WCU deadlines and tuition applies);  3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF for session 2 (USF deadlines and tuition applies); non-credit positions available
Requirements: stand alone human osteology course is a prerequisite (such as the above Adult Osteology LAboratory Workshop or equivalent)

HISTORICAL CONTEXT : As the 15th century ends, the battle for Europe continues! The heroes (and their legend) that held back the Ottoman East have died: Vlad Dracula the Impaler in 1476; Saint Stephan the Great in 1504; Skanderberg in 1468. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the European defeat at the Battle of Mohacs in 1526 opened the way for the Ottoman expansion into Europe, all the way to the gates of Vienna. The Saxon fortresses and the Szekely armies managed to hold the Ottomans at bay as the Principality of Transylvania was born in 1570. Turkish pressure combined with the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism has generated an extraordinary environment that impacted the local populations in a variety of ways, both physiologically and socio-culturally. The aim of our osteology and bioarchaeology projects is to evaluate how major global political events impact physically and physiologically the local Transylvanian medieval populations.

For bioarchaeology field work experience, our participants can further combine the above programs with our bioarchaeology field school: Medieval Cemetery Funerary Cemetery Excavation. (6 academic credits available through WCU for the first session and USF for the second session).

Our projects are designed as intensive hands-on laboratory experience programs and, as such, are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For more information on this program, see attached brochures or visit www.archaeotek-archaeology.org

Forensic Science Graduate Open House

Have a question about obtaining a Master’s degree in Forensic Science at VCU?

Friday, November 9, 2018
9:00-2:30
University Student Commons Forum Room
907 Floyd Avenue , Richmond, VA

Join the Department of Forensic Science for an Informational Session where you can learn about the graduate program curriculum, the admissions process and the University, meet faculty and current graduate students, and tour the department and our partner agency, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.

Please RSVP to attend to fos@vcu.edu by 11/7

Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia: New SFS Program

SFS is excited to announce the launch of a new program in Patagonia for Fall 2019!

S F S New Program: PatagoniaThe SFS Center for Climate Studies will be based in the iconic Patagonia region of southern Chile and will offer a Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia program during the fall and spring semesters. SFS students will take field excursions to some of the world’s most massive glaciers, visit the renowned Torres del Paine National Park, explore the rich biodiversity of the Straight of Magellan and fjords, glimpse the gaucho and baqueano way of life, as well as visit neighboring Argentina. There is no shortage of stunning landscapes and environmental challenges to examine in this one of a kind region.

This program will follow the SFS model offering 4 core courses plus the Directed Research course, totaling 18 credit hours.

  • Language, Culture, and Society of Chile (2 credits)
  • Patagonian Ecology (4 credits)
  • Earth Systems and Climate Science (4 credits)
  • Political and Social Dimensions of Conservation (4 credits)
  • Directed Research (4 credits)

SFS will begin accepting applications for this program this coming fall. More information about this new program will be added to the SFS website this summer. Stay tuned!

Patagonia. A stage for true wiled.  Soaring pinnacles clash with rivers of ice, and life persists here in the face of challenging seasonal extremes.  Our research will focus on fragile exo-systems susceptible to climate change, on species found nowhere else on the planet, and on people with a will to live at the end of the world.

Study Abroad with Broadreach College

This summer, future marine biologists will learn about shark behavior by observing them first-hand 90 feet below the ocean’s surface in Fiji’s protected Shark Reef Marine Reserve. Budding veterinarians will assist with their first physical exams in a Costa Rican wildlife rescue center. Students will emerge from their summer with much more than transfer credits and great memories.

There’s no comparison to real-world field experience, and Broadreach College’s hands-on marine science, ecology and veterinary medicine summer programs complement year-round college courses with complete immersion in the topic in concentrated, college accredited summer programs.

Below is our 2018 course catalog so you can learn more about this summer’s offerings and how they can benefit your students. We would appreciate your sharing these opportunities with your students so that we can help provide them with valuable skills and knowledge that will supplement their path in the world of biology for years to come.

Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Panama Avian Field Ecology 2018

This 4-credit course will provide students with an immersive study of Tropical Ecology with a focus on bird ecology and conservation of coastal and mangrove ecosystems. While in Panama, students will visit and learn about four major ecosystems important to migratory birds including Panama Bay, coastal mangrove wetlands, tropical rainforest, and tropical cloud forest.

A unique blend of rigorous science and community engagement in both Panama and Richmond, participants will have opportunities work with local biologists, conservationists, and collaborators from other Universities as part of an international team of researchers.

Program dates: January 2 – January 15, 2018

Website:  https://rampages.us/vcupanama/2017/10/09/310/

Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/3ir3b8rMiBD1srlF2

Spit4Science Undergraduate Research Assistants Needed

Study Abroad Spring Fair