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UConn’s Steven Enoch Playing Well For Armenian Team In FIBA Under-20 Event

UConn's Steven Enoch is spending part of his summer playing for the Armenian under-20 team. (Brad Horrigan / The Hartford Courant)
UConn’s Steven Enoch is spending part of his summer playing for the Armenian under-20 team. (Brad Horrigan / The Hartford Courant)

UConn sophomore Steven Enoch had 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead his team, Armenia, to a 74-68 victory over Estonia in the consolation round of the FIBA under-20 European championships Friday in Halkida, Greece.

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New PAGES being turned in the human evolutionary story

Dr. Daniel Adler from the University of Connecticut’s Department of Anthropology is working on a  team of archaeologists and geologists, led by Dr Keith Wilkinson (University of Winchester), set to examine the history of early humans in Eurasia after being awarded funding to further its research.

The £387,792 grant for the Pleistocene Archaeology, Geochronology and Environments of the Southern Caucasus (PAGES) project comes from the Leverhulme Trust, which aims to support original research that advances world knowledge in the fields of the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences.

The project team comprises scientists from Universities of Connecticut, Royal Holloway, University of London, Armenian Academy of Sciences, University of Glasgow, University of North Carolina (Greensboro), and the Senckenberg Research Institute.

The team will carry out fieldwork in the the Hrazdan and Debed river valleys of Armenia in 2016 and 2017, while collected samples will be studies in laboratories of the University of Winchester, Royal Holloway, and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre at the University of Glasgow.

For more information on the project, visit here

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ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management in Armenia Grant – Deadline extended

Date Due: Rolling (all annual funds will be distributed by August 31, 2016)

Contact Information: info “at” arisc. org

Project Description:

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus invites proposals from collaborative teams in support of the preservation and conservation of the Republic of Armenia’s archaeological and historical heritage. This ARISC program, generously funded by Project Discovery! and private donations, seeks to foster joint work between American and Armenian scholars and institutions dedicated to the proper curation and preservation of heritage materials such as artifacts, sites, and manuscripts. Successful applications will demonstrate substantive collaborations that not only contribute to heritage conservation but also demonstrate efforts to build capacity and enhance local knowledge of current techniques and approaches to heritage management. These grants require active participation of both American and Armenian principal investigators in all aspects of the collaborative project.

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Restoration of threatened archaeological remains
  • Stabilization of historical resources
  • Long-term protection for archaeological sites or historical monuments
  • Curation and permanent exhibition of heritage materials
  • Cataloging and recording of collections
  • Digitization of heritage materials for wider public access
  • Enhancement of conservation lab facilities
  • Advanced training for specialists

Given the level of funding, these awards can also be used as seed grants to demonstrate the feasibility of a pilot program and/or in concert with funds from parallel sources.

Grantees will be required to either give a talk or run a workshop pertinent to the subject of the grant while in Armenia.

Eligibility:

Proposals are submitted jointly by a team of two or more scholars and/or specialists. At least one must be a citizen of the U.S. and one a citizen of the Republic of Armenia. Proposals must show evidence of endorsement from all relevant institutions in Armenia in order to demonstrate the feasibility of the undertaking. These grants are not intended for primary research. The participants must demonstrate that the project requires true collaboration between both PIs, as well as active participation by both PI’s in all aspects of the work required to complete the project.

Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

Award Information:

Awards are usually made for a period of 12 months during which the work described in the proposal must be completed. Extensions will be granted only with the explicit approval of ARISC. Award checks will be sent to the US collaborator. Awardees are responsible for tax payments in association with this award, either in the US or in Armenia. Grants will typically not exceed $4000.

Grant recipients are eligible to reapply for a second CHM grant two years after their most recent award.

For further information, application form, and eligibility, please see the full call at here

ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.

American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) Funding Opportunities

ARISC Graduate Fellowships
The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia). Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences, humanities and related sciences are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel and/or living expenses in the South Caucasus. During his/her stay in the South Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC-sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried out during the fellowship.
Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Friday, December 18, 2015, to info@arisc.org. Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted. All information must be received by Friday, December 18, 2015, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship, as well as in any presentations of the research results.
For details, eligibility, and to download the application form, please visit here.

ARISC Junior Research Fellowship 
The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate student, postdoctoral and junior scholar fellowships in support of research and mentoring activities in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia). The goals of the fellowship are 1) to support research in and the study of the South Caucasus; 2) to select, recognize and financially support individuals early in their careers who demonstrate high potential to contribute to research in this region; 3) to support a mentoring relationship that will both develop the academic skills of the mentee and strengthen ties between the US and host country. Projects in all fields in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences are eligible, but all projects must include one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and/or Georgia as research assistants/participants. Research awards will be made for a maximum of $4000 each to help cover travel, living, and research expenses in the South Caucasus. For ARISC grant purposes, mentoring is understood to involve integrating a local scholar into a research project in a fundamental way that involves cultivating skills and knowledge of methods that will contribute to the professional development of the local scholar. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the South Caucasus.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 1500 words, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by Wednesday, December 23, 2015, to info “at” arisc.org. Three letters of recommendation must also be submitted.  Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your referee via email to info “at” arisc.org. All information must be received by Wednesday, December 23, 2015, in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.
This fellowship is supported with a grant from the US Department of Education.
For details, eligibility, and to download the application form, please visit here.

ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management in Armenia Grant
Date Due: December 18, 2015. 

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus invites proposals from collaborative teams in support of the preservation and conservation of the Republic of Armenia’s archaeological and historical heritage. This ARISC program, generously funded by Project Discovery!, seeks to foster joint work between American and Armenian scholars and institutions dedicated to the proper curation and preservation of heritage materials such as artifacts, sites, and manuscripts. Successful applications will demonstrate substantive collaborations that not only contribute to heritage conservation but also demonstrate efforts to build capacity and enhance local knowledge of current techniques and approaches to heritage management. These grants require active participation of both American and Armenian principal investigators in all aspects of the collaborative project.Examples of potential projects include:

  • Restoration of threatened archaeological remains
  • Stabilization of historical resources
  • Long-term protection for archaeological sites or historical monuments
  •  Curation and permanent exhibition of heritage materials
  • Cataloging and recording of collections
  • Digitization of heritage materials for wider public access
  • Enhancement of conservation lab facilities
  • Advanced training for specialists

Given the level of funding, these awards can also be used as seed grants to demonstrate the feasibility of a pilot program and/or in concert with funds from parallel sources.

Grantees will be required to either give a talk or run a workshop pertinent to the subject of the grant while in Armenia.

For details, eligibility, and to download the application form, please visit here.
ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.

Fullbright Opportunity in Armenia

Armenia Award #6125All Disciplines
This opportunity in Armenia gives scholars the opportunity to teach, research, or both for four to ten months at one of several possible host institutions. Candidates may also propose a Flex award, meaning a project completed over multiple, short-term stays abroad. This award is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals, and a PhD is required.

Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred:

• American Literature
• American Studies
• Architecture
• Area Studies
• Creative Writing
• Economics
• Education
• Information Sciences
• Linguistics
• Mathematics
• Medical Sciences
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Public Administration
• Public/Global Health
• TEFL
• Urban Planning

 

Please also visit the 2016-17 Catalog of Awards to learn more about the opportunities available worldwide in this year’s competition. For most awards, English is sufficient for teaching and foreign language proficiency is only needed to the extent required by the proposed research project, if applicable.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and, depending on individual award requirements, hold a Ph.D. or appropriate professional/terminal degree at the time of application. The application deadline is August 3, 2015. 

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit our website. Our webinars are also a valuable resource, and a complete schedule of upcoming and archived presentations can be found here.

04.14.2015 Dr. Daniel Adler presenting Armenia findings at Annual Meeting of Paleoanthropology Society

Paleoanthropology Society
2015 Annual Meeting
April 14-15, 2015
Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Posters, Tuesday, April 14:

Developing geochemical and magnetic studies of obsidian lithic assemblages: A case study in the Hrazdan, Valley, Central Armenia. Presentation by: Frahm, E., D. Adler, J. M. Feinberg, K. N. Wilkinson and B. Gasparyan.

Hominin population dynamics and dispersals in the Armenian highlands and Anatolia: New data from Barozh 12, a Middle Paleolithic open-air site on the edge of the Ararat Depression, Armenia. Presentation by: Glauberman, P., B. Gasparyan, S. Kuhn, K. Wilkinson, E. Frahm, Y. Raczynski-Henk, H. Haydosyan, S. Napapetyan, D. Arakelyan and D. Adler.

Oral Presentations, Wednesday, April 15:

Paleolandscape context for Lower-Middle Paleolithic activity in the Hrazdan Valley, central Armenia. Presentation by: Wilkinson, K., D. Adler, S. Blockley, E. Frahm, D. Mark, C. Mallol, S. Nahapetyan, and B. Gasparyan.

Early Levallois technology and the transition from the Lower to Middle Paleolithic in the southern Caucasus. Presentation by: Adler, D., K. Wilkinson, S. Blockley, D. Mark, E. Frahm, B. Schmidt-Magee, P. Glauberman, Y. Raczynski-Henk, O. Joris and B. Gasparyan.

Download entire program here.

Archaeological Breakthrough in Armenia

Dan Adler with artifcatCongratulations Prof. Dan Adler and colleagues’ on huge find! 

Excavations in Armenia lead to important discovery challenging assumptions about early hominids and tool-making. Download the journal article published in Science:

D. S. Adler et al. “Early Levallois technology and the Lower to Middle Paleolithic transition in the Southern Caucasus.” Science 345, 1609 (2014); DOI: 10.1126/science.1256484.

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April 2015 – Armenian Oral History and Community Exhibition

The Norian Armenian Programs has undertaken an Oral History Project and Community Exhibition, aimed at providing a forum for individuals from the Armenian American community throughout Connecticut and the greater New England region to record, share, and preserve their stories, and in so doing, to contribute to the understanding of themes relating to immigration, cultural diversity, and identity relevant to the Armenian diaspora.

The exhibition will be in March-May 2015. Learn more about the exhibition and how you can contribute by visiting the exhibition page or the event page on Facebook!