Society for Anthropological Sciences

About SASci

The Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS) was organised to promote empirical research and social science in anthropology. The members of SAS want to further the development of anthropological science as empirical knowledge based on testable theory, sound research design and systematic methods for the collection and analysis of data. We seek to fulfill the historic mission of anthropology to describe and explain the range of variation in human biology, society, and culture across time and space. 

SASci 2015 Election Results

The SASci/SAS Election 2015 has concluded.

The winning candidate for each position will normally occupy this role for both SAS (the AAA section) and SASci. They will assume their position at the end of the 2015 AAA Meetings

  • President-elect (term 2015-2017) – Murray J. Leaf
  • Secretary (2015-2017) – Toni Copeland
  • Senior Board Member (2015-2018) – Stephen Chrisomalis
  • Student Board Member (2015-2017) – Wesley Allen-Arave

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2015 Pittsburgh Meetings SASci Student Prizes

SASci Best Student Paper Prizes for 2015 SASci Meetings (in conjunction with the SfAA) Pittsburgh, PA, (24-28 March 2015)

SASci is pleased to announce the winners of our Student Paper Prize and Student Travel Awards.

Michael Howard Thomas (Wayne State U) - SASci Student Paper Prize

Dipping Your Paws in the Water: Strategies of Regulating Personhood Among Pet Owners in the American Midwest

Sarah Carson (Wayne State U) - SASci Student Travel Award

Branding a ‘Broken’ City: A Discourse Analysis of Detroit-Themed Consumer Goods

The Best Student Paper/Presentation prize consists of $400 plus prize certificate.

The Student Travel Award receives a $200 travel prize

Congratulations to both Michael and Sarah! Their papers were excellent examples of solid empirical research that SASci has always sought to encourage and promote.

Further Information about Student Paper Prizes

Past SAS/SASci Student Paper Prize Winners

SASci 2014 Election Results

The nominations committee (Carol R. Ember, H. Russell Bernard and William Dressler) are pleased to announce the outcome of the SASci elections and the straw poll for the SAS Student Board Member position. We are especially pleased that three students were willing to be nominated and we hope that all will continue to play a role in SASci and SAS.

Douglas W. Hume was elected to a second term as SASci Treasurer for 2014-2016. His name will be forwarded to the AAA as the sole candidate for the SAS election to be held in May.

Eric C. Jones and Rosalyn Negrón were tied for Senior Board Member and they agreed to the following solution: Eric Jones will be the Senior Board Member for SASci (2014-2017). Rosalyn Negrón will be the sole candidate for the SAS Senior Board Member (2014-2017) position--election to be held in May. Since the official Board Meetings are held simultaneously, they have agreed to divide responsibilities where necessary. 

Michael H. Thomas won the straw poll for Student Board Member and his name will be forwarded to the AAA as the sole candidate for that position.

The Methods Mall is on line: 2015

SASci Current Board members and Officers

Present SASci Board Members and Officers

  • President: Ben Blount
  • Past-President: Carol Ember
  • President-Elect: Robert Trotter
  • Secretary:Stephen Chrisomalis
  • Treasurer: Douglas W. Hume
  • Board members: Giovanni Bennardo, Stephen Lyon, Margo-Lea Hurwicz
  • Student Reps:  Andrew Tarter, Caitlyn Diane Placek 

Board Appointments

  • Editors: Michael Fischer, David Henig
  • Associate Treasurer: Murray Leaf

Contact details for current officers

Report: NSF Anthropological Workshop on DPA

Report: Anthropological Workshop on Digital Preservation and Access, May 18-20, 2009
Carol R. Ember, HRAF. On May 18-20, 2009, a workshop was held in Arlington, Virginia to evaluate and potentially decide on the basics of a strategic integrated four-field plan for digitally preservation and access (DPA) to anthropological research materials

There were observers from NSF, NEH, and Wenner-Gren. Discussions included data preservation, data access, metadata, digitization, long-term preservations, depositors, privacy and ethics, copyright and intellectual property, and funding/support and field-wide coordination.

The workshop results will be disseminated online to the broader anthropological community reqesting commentary and suggestions for revision. Future steps are to seek funding to set up the computer infrastructure, organisation and identify processes and issues.


SASci/SAS By-laws

The bylaws of the Society for Anthropological Sciences   SASci

The bylaws of the Section for Anthropological Sciences   SAS

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