The Watson Institute for International Studies announces AT&T New Media fellowships of up to $3,500 for the 2012 summer break. The fellowships are intended for Brown undergrads who are pursuing innovative international projects that address global policy issues or critical needs in society – and who will document their experiences with video and other media on the globalconversation.org media platform.
Deadline to apply is 2/27/12.
The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas announces the initial release of an online CORONA imagery atlas, which is now available here:
The full version of the atlas will be launched in January 2012.
CORONA is the codename for the United States’ first photographic spy satellite mission, in operation from 1960-1972. During that time, CORONA satellites took high-resolution images of most of the earth’s surface, with particular emphasis on Soviet bloc countries and other political hotspots in order to monitor military sites and produce maps for the Department of Defense. The more than 800,000 images collected by the CORONA missions remained classified until 1995 when an executive order by President Bill Clinton made them publicly available through the US Geological Survey. Because CORONA images preserve a high-resolution picture of the world as it existed in the 1960s, they constitute a unique resource for researchers and scientists studying environmental change, agriculture, geomorphology, archaeology and other fields.
In regions like the Middle East, CORONA imagery is particularly important for archaeology because urban development, agricultural intensification, and reservoir construction over the past several decades have obscured or destroyed countless archaeological sites and other ancient features such as roads and canals. These sites are often clearly visible on CORONA imagery, enabling researchers to map sites that have been lost and to discover many that have never before been documented. However, the unique imaging geometry of the CORONA satellite cameras, which produced long, narrow film strips, makes correcting spatial distortions in the images very challenging and has therefore limited their use by researchers.
Thanks to grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, the University of Arkansas’ Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) has developed methods for efficient orthorectification of CORONA imagery and now provides free public access to our imagery database for non-commercial use. Images can be viewed online and full resolution images can be downloaded in GeoTiff or NITF formats.
This project focuses on the Middle East and surrounding regions, areas where CORONA coverage is abundant and where its value to archaeology and other fields has been well-demonstrated. The large majority of the images we provide come from the KH4B satellites, the latest generation of CORONA missions in operation from September 1967 through May 1972. During this time, there were sixteen successful CORONA missions, designated 1101-1117 which recovered more than 188000 images. These satellites were equipped with two panoramic cameras, one facing forward and another aft with a 30º angle of separation, producing an approximate ground resolution of 6 feet (1.8m) at nadir as well as offering the capability for stereo-viewing and the extraction of topographic data. Images were originally recorded on black-and-white film, copies of which are curated by the USGS EROS Data Center. The USGS has scanned the images at 7 micron (3600 dpi) resolution. Additional technical details regarding the CORONA program and image characteristics can be read here.
Throughout most of its history the American Academy in Rome has sponsored summer programs. Consistent with the Academy’s mission, these programs are intended to provide American scholars, teachers and academically advanced students the opportunity to experience and draw upon the resources of Rome. The four programs being offered in 2012 are listed below. Click here for full program details.
Classical Summer School
18 June – 27 July 2012
This six-week program is designed to provide qualified graduate students, mature undergraduates, and middle school, high school, and two-year college teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.
Application deadline: 13 January 2012 More information
Summer Program in Archaeology
4 June – 24 July 2012
Since 1991, this program has provided graduate students in all areas of Classical studies with an overview of current developments in archaeological method and theory, focusing on ancient Italy and the ancient Mediterranean world. The seven-week course teaches participants the objectives and methods of archaeology through instruction and hands-on experience in active archaeological research.
Application deadline: 15 January 2012 More information
The Howard Comfort, FAAR’29, Summer Program in Roman Pottery
11 June – 8 July 2012
This four-week program is designed to present the basics of Roman pottery studies, which can be gained only through direct contact with ceramic assemblages. As Rome had the most diversified pottery supply among sites in the ancient world, the AAR is well placed, through its own collections and other material deposited there, to teach the subject.
Application deadline: 15 January 2012 More information
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar
“Communication, Empire, and the City of Rome”
25 June – 27 July 2012
This program is designed for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies and other organizations may be eligible. Participants work with leading scholars on a given topic in the humanities with the goal of furthering their teaching and scholarship.
Application deadline: 1 March 2012 More information
The University at Buffalo seeks a Post-doctoral Scholar (PS) for its interdisciplinary Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA).
During a 10 month tenure, the PS teaches one graduate seminar (preferably on the topic of the symposium), organizes a symposium, and edits a subsequent volume reflecting IEMA’s focus on post-Pleistocene European and Mediterranean anthropological and classical archaeology. Symposium focus is open, but should stress contemporary theory, topics of broad current interest, and be inclusive of the Institute’s broader geographic/temporal foci.
The PS receives stipend and benefits. US and international archaeologists with Ph.D. by August, 2012 in Anthropology, Classics, Archaeology or related disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Application letter, vitae, list of references, and 3-page description of proposed symposium topic, including intended invitees, must be received by February 15, 2012 for an August 2012 start, pending final budgetary approval.
Email application or inquiries to the director, Dr. Peter F. Biehl: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Post-Doctoral Visiting Asst. Professorship in Dept. of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies – Brown University
Deadline: February 28, 2012
The Department of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies at Brown University invites applications for a post-doctoral visiting assistant professorship in Assyriology, Egyptology, or the material culture of Egypt or Ancient Western Asia. Candidates whose research interests complement those of current faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will be appointed for one year beginning on 1 July 2012. Post-doctoral visiting assistant professors are expected to pursue their own research and publications and are required to teach one course per semester at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Visiting assistant professors are also expected to participate in the academic life of the department: for example, by involvement in research seminars and counseling graduate students in their research.
Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of three referees, and a letter of application detailing their research and teaching interests and explaining how they would fit into the department. Candidates should have received their PhD from an institution other than Brown University within the last five years. Applications should preferably be submitted electronically as PDFs by email before 28 February 2012.
Brown is an EEO/AA employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
Prof. John M. Steele- Chair, Post-Doctoral Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee