AABA 2024 Workshops and Training Opportunities

We have an exciting lineup of workshops, discussions, and training opportunities at #AABA2024! Most of these workshops will take place in person only at the conference in Los Angeles. Some workshops will also accommodate virtual conference attendees (note that you must be registered for the conference to attend virtually). Most of the workshops occur over the lunch hour, so grab a lunch and join us!

Workshop locations will be listed in the app and in the program.

Some of the workshops require preregistration by March 1, 2024.


Hybrid Workshop: NSF Mock Review

Wednesday, March 20th, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Organized by Rebecca Ferrell (National Science Foundation), Marta Alfonso-Durruty (National Science Foundation), Lauren Schroeder (University of Toronto Mississauga and AABA Professional Development Committee)

This workshop introduces postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty to the NSF merit review process through mock review exercises with experienced panelists and NSF program directors. This workshop will be offered in person and will have a Zoom component for virtual conference attendees. Registration required.

Workshop: Trauma and thermal damage to skeletal elements: keys to identification and interpretation

Wednesday, March 20th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Organized by Alison Galloway (UC Santa Cruz), Chelsey Juarez (Fresno State University), Elayne Pope (Burned Bone)

This workshop reviews blunt force, sharp force, high velocity projection defects and thermal damage, focusing on how these occur and how fracture mechanism is determined. Registration required.

Workshop: CSViewer for Analysts – A big data approach to Cayo Santiago Rhesus macaque colony: A workshop on a software application to generate a user-friendly interface and to appropriate data analytical tools

Wednesday, March 20th, 1:00-5:00 pm

Organized by Qian Wang (Texas A&M University School of Dentistry) and Martin Zhao (Mercer University)

This workshop provides hands-on experience in using “CSViewer for Analysts” to assess growth, health and pathology of the Cayo Santiago Rhesus colony through contextualized visualizations. Registration required.

Workshop: How to use B3GET: simulating your favorite primate in a virtual 2D environment

Wednesday, March 20th, 1:00-4:00 pm

Organized by Kristy Crouse (University of Minnesota)

Learn how to use the agent-based model B3GET and walk through the process creating virtual plant environments and simulating a primate species of your choosing.

COD-WIN Workshop: Negotiating Change in Professional Settings: A Workshop and Mentoring Opportunity for all Women AABA Attendees

Wednesday, March 20th, 2:00-5:00 pm

AABA COD-WIN workshop organized Michelle Bezanson (Santa Clara University) and Anne C. Stone (Arizona State University)

All life evolves and careers do too. This workshop is a mentoring-style opportunity for AABA women of all ranks to learn how to identify opportunities for change, negotiate position and pay, make major transitions, and build networks of support. Registration required.

Workshop: Publishing in the American Journal of Biological Anthropology: Advice for Forensic Anthropologists and Bioarchaeologists

Wednesday, March 20th, 3:00-4:30 pm

AABA Publications Committee, organized by Tracy Prowse (McMaster University), Daniel Temple (George Mason University), Trudy Turner (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Participants will learn about the criteria used to assess forensic and bioarchaeological manuscripts submitted to the AJBA for publication, including a discussion of successful publications. Registration required.


Workshop: Anthropology Unleashed: Navigating Public Outreach in the World of Insta(ntaneous) Gratification

Thursday, March 21st, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Sarah Reedy (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Kelli Tamvada (Russell Sage College), Amanda Spriggs (State University of New York, Albany)

In the age of instant gratification and misinformation, this workshop will facilitate conversations on how anthropologists can promote public outreach and engagement.

AABA Art, Culture and Science Engagement Exhibition

Thursday, March 21st, 12:15 – 2:15 pm

Organized by AABA Education Committee, Michelle Bezanson (Santa Clara University) and Robert O’Malley (Harvard Medical School)

All AABA members attending the 2024 meeting are invited to submit entries for the inaugural AABA Art, Culture and Science Engagement Exhibition! Building on the success of the 2023 AABA “Un-presentation” symposium and a history of film screenings, musical performances, and other cultural experiences at past AABA meetings, this will be an exhibition for AABA members to share their passions for art, crafts, and performance as well as biological anthropology. We hope to include original photography, paintings, drawings, infographics, sculpture, or other media, short films or video, storytelling, poetry, musical performances, stand-up comedy, and interactive informal education or engagement activities. Participation is open to all AABA members attending the meeting in-person. Attendees are welcome to submit and/or participate in the exhibition whether or not they have another presentation or workshop session at the AABA meeting. Please see the submission form for details, and contact Education Committee co-chair Rob O’Malley (romalley@pged.med.harvard.edu) with any questions. Registration required.

Workshop: Departmental leadership and data: a discussion about trends in enrollment for current, past, and future departmental chairs

Thursday, March 21st, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Amy Rector (Virginia Commonwealth University)

All current, former, and future leaders of anthropology and related departments are invited to join this discussion and collaboration for a data-driven investigation of trends in undergraduate enrollment. Registration required.

Workshop: Improv for Anthropologists: Building Teaching and Outreach Skills with Applied Improv

Thursday, March 21st, 7:00-9:00 pm

Organized by Amanda L. Ellwanger (Georgia State University- Perimeter College), Marc Kissel (Appalachian State University), Natalia Reagan, Kimberly Congdon (Evolent Health)

In this workshop, participants will use applied improv to develop skills that build confidence and engagement for teaching and public outreach. Registration required.

Workshop: Microchimerism and human health: Bridging the gaps between anthropology and medicine

Thursday, March 21st, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Amy Boddy (University of California Santa Barbara), Kristine Chua (University of California Santa Barbara)

This workshop will address ethical considerations when conducting microchimerism research and discuss strategies to implement these perspectives within the medical setting. Registration required.

Workshop: Postdoc and Academic Job Hunting – Everything you need to know

Thursday, March 21st, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Anna Ragni (University of Tampa)

Targeted toward senior graduate students and early postdocs, this workshop will review the expectations, materials, and strategies for succeeding in today’s academic job market.

Workshop: Up Goer Five: Communicating Biological Anthropology Using English’s Ten Hundred Most Common Words

Thursday, March 21st, 4:30-6:30 pm *note day/time change

Organized by C. Kinley Russell (The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) and Briana Pobiner (Smithsonian Museum of Natural History)

Biological Anthropology as a discipline is becoming increasingly jargon dense. Engaging with other scientists outside our subfields, funding agencies, and other members of the public requires that we identify when complex language is hampering our attempts to connect with others about our research. The Up Goer Five Challenge takes this effort to the extreme. In this workshop, we will discuss the elements of effective science communication, review the Up Goer Five Challenge framework, and apply this framework to research in biological anthropology. Speakers in this workshop have all agreed to present 5-minute talks about their work using only the thousand most commonly used words in the English language. These presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion of the ways that language choice impacts the messages that we convey about and audiences that we engage with Biological Anthropology research. After observing Up Goer talks given by participants in last year’s workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to apply the Up Goer framework to their own research. Participants will analyze the language they use to describe their own work and will leave with the tools to communicate the importance of their research in more accessible ways.


Workshop: Backlash!?! Tools for Managing Trolls in Biological Anthropology

Friday, March 22nd, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Jonathan Bethard (University of South Florida), Michelle A. Rodrigues (Marquette University), Chris Stantis (University of Utah)

This workshop will enable AABA members to dialogue about unwanted communication about our work. Workshop panelists will include entertainment professionals well-accustomed to navigating internet trolls. Registration required.

Workshop: Considerations for Visualization and Documentation of Human Remains in Bioanthropology

Friday, March 22nd, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Alexandria Orozco (University of Central Florida), Joe Kider and Lori Walters (University of Central Florida IST, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training) Scott Branting (University of Central Florida Department of Anthropology)

Participants will engage in community discussions of ethical AR/VR and modeling applications in bioanthropology. Participant platforms will be showcased with opportunities for hands on engagement. Registration required.

Workshop: Deconstructing the ‘Race as Biology’ Paradigm: The Role of Citations in Shaping Scientific Narratives and Practices

Friday, March 22nd, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Ulises Espinoza (Princeton University), Agustín Fuentes (Princeton University), Rebecca Sear (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

This workshop delves into the debate on ‘race as biology’ challenging its validity, exploring the role of citations in perpetuating biases, and emphasizes the importance of citational practices.

Virtual Workshop: Evolutionary Mechanisms Beyond the Basics: Envisioning Complex Processes in Hominin Evolution

Friday, March 22nd, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Andrea Alveshere (Western Illinois University)

Location: Online only, Zoom link to be distributed

Workshop participants will collaborate to develop strategies for applying deeper understandings of evolutionary mechanisms – their complexities and synergies – toward teaching and research on hominin evolution. This workshop is online only. Registration required.

Workshop: Sharing Your Science: Public Communication

Friday, March 22nd, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Bridget Alex (SAPIENS Magazine)

Science writer and anthropologist Dr. Bridget Alex will provide a foundation for researchers who want to write or create content for diverse audiences.

Hybrid Roundtable: What’s in a Name? A Lot in Fact, Which is Why Anthropologists Should Care

Friday, March 22nd, 12:15-2:15 pm

Organized by Mirjana Roksandic (The University of Winnipeg), Lauren Schroeder (University of Toronto), Rebecca Rogers Ackermann (University of Cape Town), Christopher J. Bae (University of Hawai’i)

The ethics around scientific naming in biological anthropology will be discussed, with the goal of recommending changes and future directions. This workshop will be offered in person and on Zoom for virtual conference attendees.

Workshop: Queer and Trans Field Safety

Friday, March 22nd, 4:15-6:15 pm

Organized by Stephanie Meredith (College of the Canyons) and Ellis Locke (Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine).

Panel Q&A session on the multiplicity of fieldwork experiences and concerns of queer and trans people, including advice on how to improve field safety. All are welcome to come ask questions and discuss.