DANTA Tropical Biology and Conservation Field Courses in Costa Rica 2017

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Do you have an interest in wildlife, tropical ecology and/or conservation?

Are you looking to gain valuable field experience?

Would you like to learn about other cultures?

Would you like to learn more about yourself?

Danta is pleased to announce our 2017 field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.

As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.

For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info and/or email conservation@danta.info. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our new blog DANTAisms.

Hope to see you in Costa Rica!

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation
Dates: July 15 – July 30, 2017
Program Fee: $2500
Application deadline: Summer Session: June 1, 2017
Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. This course will be held at Osa Conservation’s Piro Reseach Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few places in Costa Rica that has jaguar, puma, sea turtles and four species of monkey (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey).

The learning experiences for the course fall into four main categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in: (1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems and conservation. Service learning is a large component of all our programs. Students will gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation, sustainable agriculture and wildlife monitoring programs (big cat and sea turtle).

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. All within country travel is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.
Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates: June 15-July 10, 2017
Program Fee: $3500
Application deadline: May 15, 2017
Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. The course will be conducted at Field Courses 2017 Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Please help us protect this unique region which is of international conservation concern.

The learning experiences for the course fall into five main categories: field exercises, independent research, discussions, lectures and applied conservation. The first half of the courses is devoted to learning ecological field techniques, while in the second half students develop, carry out and present data from their independent research projects. Many of our participants have gone on to present their work at national and regional conferences. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in:(1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems, conservation, climate change and sustainability. Participants gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation,and sea turtle breeding and monitoring programs.

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. All within country travel is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

Global Youth Connect Rwanda Program

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K I G A L I     I S    C A L L I N G .

unnamed (1)The Colombia program is full, but they’re still accepting applicants for the flagship Rwanda Human Rights Delegation until June 6, or until the delegation is full, whichever comes first.

During the educational and inspirational two-week program, Turikumwe delegation meets with various governmental and non-governmental organizations and grapple with a variety of Human Rights issues together with Rwandan counterparts.

 

http://www.globalyouthconnect.org/rwanda

Pushing the Field School Envelope

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Archaeologists typically get their first hands-on research experience through a field school. Field schools, therefore, are crucibles for our profession. Not all field school students eventually become professional archaeologists, but all who participate have formative experiences. Students discover more about themselves as they work with intense focus in a group supported by basic living conditions. Working with others in a new place, particularly among people that are culturally different from those at home, creates lifelong memories.

Yet, not all field schools are created equal. Some are so remote that only the barest vestiges of life in the industrialized world remain. Such field schools are thrilling, full of discoveries of both the archaeological record and of self – but they are not for everyone. For those ready to push the envelope, remote field schools are experiences that shape character and future, providing adventures that can rarely be repeated in regular life. In 2017, the IFR offers two such programs, each pushing the envelope in a different and unique direction.
Our South Africa- Spitzkloof field school explores early human adaptation to the environment in the rugged and remote areas of the Richtersveld region of Namaqualand. For the duration of the program, students live in tents in front of the Spitzkloof rock shelter and cook on mud stoves built the first day. The nearest town is a five-hour drive away, and a water tank is brought to the site only once a week. In this remote, dry place, students get a true feel for the life experience of the rock shelter ancient inhabitants.

At the other end of the spectrum, students in the high jungle field school at Colombia-Ciudad Perdida climb upward for three days, with machete-wielding guides, through the hot, mosquito-infested jungle, just to get to the site. This is an endurance expedition. Mules, staff and students all carry some of the food and equipment needed for the project. Mule trains bring fresh supplies periodically. Once there, archaeologists study the network of roads that connected Ciudad Perdida to cities belonging to a great civilization that has disappeared beneath the jungle with its people, who died following contact with European diseases almost 500 years ago.

These two field schools are directed by significant, younger scholars who are well-equipped by experience to work in these remote locations. If you know students who would thrive in these challenging field schools, please encourage them to take a look.

IFR offers numerous scholarships so that high quality field schools can be affordable to students, with both merit and need based scholarships available.

Scholarships

Our field schools are affordable, and we offer a range of scholarships to deserving students. These include Need-Based and Merit-Based grants, as well as regional scholarships. We also list scholarships from a wide range of outside sources available to students in the US and beyond.

Tuition for any IFR field school covers all program expenses, including cost of instruction, room & board, cost of credit units, insurance & field trips. The full costs of healthcare insurance are covered for programs outside the US. Tuition does not cover the cost of airfare to and from the field.

Academics

All IFR field schools are peer-reviewed, each year, by members of our Academic Board, fifteen of the most distinguished archaeologists from universities across the world. IFR selection process is rigorous and thorough. Our academic excellence, both in research and pedagogy, is second to none.

The IFR academic partner is UCLA Extension. Students are enrolled in XL classes and receive 12 UCLA quarter credits units — equivalent to 8 semester credit units. Students are encouraged to discuss transferability of earned credit units with their adviser prior to enrolling and paying the nonrefundable deposit.

Online Summer Courses on Research Methods in Anthropology

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BUILD YOUR CV AND EXPAND YOUR TOOLBOX

Online Summer Courses on Research Methods in Anthropology

Click HERE to learn more or copy this to your browser: http://distance.ufl.edu/rma/

Summer A — May 8-June 16

Geospatial Analysis in Cultural Anthropology

This intensive course introduces different components of geospatial analysis and their applications in anthropology: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), Global Positioning System (GPS), and their integration.
Summer B — June 26-August 4

Text Analysis in Cultural Anthropology

This course surveys methods of text analysis. The focus of the course is on developing skills that students can use to do systematic analysis of textual data, including written texts, photos, and audio or video data.

Methods of Behavior Observation

This course introduces the use of well-established behavior observation methods to answer questions of anthropological interest. The methods include direct observations, time diary techniques, and newer techniques that rely on modern telecommunications or on an Internet-based interface.

Research Methods in Cognitive Anthropology — Cultural Domain Analysis

This course covers the major methods for collecting and analyzing data about how people in a cultural group think about lists of things that somehow go together. Participants get hands-on practice with free lists, pile sorts, multidimensional scaling, cluster analysis, and cultural consensus analysis.

TUITION FOR ALL COURSES IS $1200 AND CARRY 3 TRANSFERABLE CREDITS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. EACH COURSE MAY BE TAKEN WITH OR WITHOUT CREDITS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT RUSS BERNARD AT: UFRUSS@UFL.EDU

6th IPSA-NUS Methods School, Singapore, June 19-30, 2017

6th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods at the National University of Singapore, June 19-30, 2017

This year’s Methods School offers a wide variety of quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods courses (http://methods-school.nus.edu.sg/courses.html), such as Data Visualization, Discourse and Visual Analysis, Case Study Analysis, Experimental Methods, Game Theory, Network Analysis, Quantitative Text Analysis, Regression Analysis, and Time Series and Spatial Analysis.

All courses are taught by highly experienced international faculty, and they provide participants with rigorous, hands-on training in state-of-the-art research methods at a fraction of the price of similar methods training programs in the U.S., Europe, and Australia even when factoring in travel to Singapore.

For more information on the various Methods School courses and instructors, registration fees, financial aid, and more, visit our website (http://methods-school.nus.edu.sg) or contact us at methods-school@nus.edu.sg.

Applied Anthropology research firm

Interested in putting your ethnographic skills to use to help museums and other organizations in the fields of arts, culture, and science? Check out Slover Linett:

Slover Linett is an audience research firm for the arts, culture and informal science sectors. We help museums, arts organizations and other nonprofits understand their audiences so they can connect to more people, more deeply.

Tall order? Sure. But we see it happening every day. Our studies — which range from market research to program evaluation and outcomes assessment — reveal how well institutions are connecting with their audiences and how that connection can be deepened and broadened.

Our findings bring leaders, staff, and trustees together around a clear picture of the audience and a shared vision of progress.

The result is more creative, confident decision-making across your organization: more innovative programming, more resonant messaging, and greater success in both mission and revenue terms.

Read more about who we are or explore our practice areas here. And thanks for stopping by.

All staff (Chicago and Boston) can be reached through our main number (773-348-9200) plus an extension; see our directory for a list of extensions. 

Slover Linett Audience Research Inc.
4147 N. Ravenswood Ave., 
Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60613

773 348 9200 voice
773 348 9209 fax

hello@SLaudienceresearch.com

Skype:    sloverlinett
Twitter:   @SloverLinett
LinkedIn: Slover Linett Audience Research Inc

Live, Learn & Serve in Chicago This Summer Through NU Program

This highlights the Health & Medicine concentration, which you can read more about here.

Led by the Director of Policy for Cook County Health & Hospitals System, this concentration covers a wide variety of topics related to medicine and public health. From conversations with patients to meetings with advocacy organizations, the concentration experiences give students a view of the health care field that is rarely accessible to undergraduates.

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Apply now to Engage Chicago

 An immersive summer field study program hosted by Northwestern University

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Engage Chicago is an immersive field study program, designed to give undergraduate students a powerful summer learning experience in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Through academic coursework, hands-on experience at top organizations and institutions, thoughtful reflection, and a summer living with a vibrant community of peers, Engage Chicago is a unique opportunity for students to learn about a great city, about social change, and about themselves.

Applications accepted
through April 3, 2017.
The program runs from
June 16 to August 11.
This innovative program is comprised of six components.
(Click on a block to learn more. You can also attend an online info session or email us with questions.)
“Engage Chicago provided an intellectually stimulating environment that both challenged and encouraged me to fight for equity every day.”
Jennifer Dietzel, Duke student &
Engage Chicago 2016 participant
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