DAA News and Updates

Dental Anthropology Association in Cleveland, Ohio

Last week was the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (soon to be American Association of Biological Anthropologists, ETA 2020) in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the course of the four days (March 27-30), members of the DAA participated in a variety of events, including a large number of poster and podium presentations, our annual workshop, speed networking, happy hour, and our business meeting. Several of our events are summarized below.


Every year, the DAA hosts a workshop related to a topic in dental anthropology. This year, the workshop concentrated on Dental Development, with guest speakers Helen Liversidge, Ph.D., and Kyra Stull, Ph.D. Dr. Liversidge explored the various methods related to aging subadult individuals, and the advantages and disadvantages of these methods. Participants practiced six case studies to test their knowledge. The workshop concluded with Dr. Stull presenting her program “kidstats,” and its use of Bayesian statistics for aging estimations.

Speed Networking and Happy Hour

This year, students and professionals were able to mingle and network at our speed networking event. Based on the concept of speed-dating, this new format replaced our previous “Lets do Lunch,” giving students the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals with various specialties, as well as other students. After the formal networking concluded, the DAA hosted a happy hour to encourage more informal conversation. With over thirty participants, this event was a great success!

Passing the Gavel

At this year’s Business Meeting, Heather Edgar concluded her term as President, and passed the gavel to now-President Dr. Daniel Antoine. Dr. Marin Pilloud (co-editor of the Dental Anthropology Journal) was announced as the new President-elect. Additionally, other election winners were announced, with Emily Moes becoming the new Student Member and Emma Lagan re-elected as Communications Officer. Congratulations to all new members!

Student Prize Winners

The Dental Anthropology Association is proud to support student research through two awards: the Dahlberg Paper Competition and the CUP Poster Competition.

This year’s Dahlberg Prize winner was Anna L.M. Rautman, of the University of New Mexico, for her paper “Childhood Variation in Skeletal and Dental Development.”

This year’s three CUP Poster Competition Winners were: Luke Fannin (pictured below, left) of Dartmoth College for his poster, “Frequency of Enamel Chipping in Tai Forest Cercopithecids: Implications for Dietary Reconstruction in the Fossil Record”; Jennifer Nelson (pictured below, right) of the University of Alberta for her poster “Do Teeth Forming in Different Early Life Periods Show Differential Discrepancy with Known Age?”, and Nina Maaranen of Bournemouth University for her poster “Hyskos in Egypt—Utilizing Biodistance Methods to Interpret Archaeological adn Textural Evidence from Tell el-Dab’a” .

Congratulations to all the participants, and many thanks to our judges: Greg Nelson, Dan Temple, Richard Scott, Kathleen Paul, and Scott Burnett.


We look forward to continuing to share Dental Anthropology news with you as the year continues. Stay tuned for new journal releases, updates to the website, and announcements for next year’s meetings!

Dental Anthropology Presentations in Cleveland

The 88th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists begins tomorrow in Cleveland, Ohio. From March 27-March 30, dozens of our members will be presenting their research through podium talks and posters. For a full list, click here.

The DAA will also be hosting several other events, including:

  • Dental Development Workshop (Wednesday, March 27, pre-registration required),

  • Student drop-in social at Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches (Thursday, March 28 8-10pm)

  • Speed-Networking at Barley House (Friday March 29, 4:15-5:00pm pre-registration preferred)

  • Happy Hour at Barley House (Friday March 29, 5:00-6:00pm, drop in!)

  • Business Meeting CC Ballroom A (Friday March 29, 8:30-9:30pm)

Dental Anthropology at AAPA 2019, Cleveland

Wednesday, March 27

1:00 - 5:30 pm
Dental Development Workshop
Hilton Center Street D Register Here

Dental development is critical for estimating age in juvenile skeletal remains, but both environmental and behavioral factors affect patterns of eruption across human groups. Dr. Helen Liversidge and Dr. Kyra Stull will share their diverse perspectives on methodology and practical approaches to age estimation from dental development, as well as considerations for developmental diversity over time and across our species. The workshop is intended for students and professionals of all levels.

Thursday, March 28

8:00 - 10:00 pm
Student Member Drop-In Social
Cathy's Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches Directions from Hilton

Last year, several students suggested we host an event for student members to meet and mingle casually. Stop by Cathy's Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches any time between 8 and 10 pm on Thursday to meet fellow student dental anthropologists. Address: 401 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH

Friday, March 29

4:15 - 5:00 pm
Speed Networking
Barley House Directions from Hilton

Modeled after speed-dating, this event is for students, early career researchers, professors, and dental anthropology professionals who want to meet and network in a semi-structured setting. Participants will be organized into groups of 3-5, changing on an 8 minute rotation. Address: 1261 W 6th St, Cleveland OH (Preregistration Preferred)


5:00 - 6:30 pm
Happy Hour
Barley House Directions from Hilton

Mix and mingle with dental anthropologists and dental enthusiasts. All are welcome to attend. Barley House has drink and food menus available, so come grab a snack and recharge. Address: 1261 W 6th St. Cleveland, OH


8:30 - 9:30 pm
Business Meeting
CC Ballroom A

Annual DAA Business Meeting.

Additional Dates to Remember:

February 25th - Email your nominations for President Elect, Student Member, and Communications Officer to Dr. Christine Lee (christinelee70@gmail.com)

March 1st - Email manuscripts and faculty supervisor's letter for the Dahlberg Prize to Dr. Cathy Willermet (wille2cm@cmich.edu)

March 1st - Submit your contribution to the "What is Dental Anthropology Webpage?" using this link.

March 15th - Our annual guide to the dental presentations at the AAPA Meetings will be emailed to current members. To receive the program and have your presentation featured, make sure your 2019 Membership is active.

March 22nd - Christy G. Turner II Student Poster Competition entries due. Three $150 gift certificates to Cambridge University Press will be awarded.Apply Here.

Dental Anthropology Job Announcement

Calling all dental anthropologists hunting for a tenure track position: There is an opening at the University of Arkansas for a biological anthropologist, specifically with a dental focus. More details provided below:


Job opening for Biological Anthropologist

The Department of Anthropology in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology. The anticipated start date is August 2019. Responsibilities will include directorship of the successful pre-dental advising program for the university and teaching graduate- and undergraduate-level courses, including dental science.

Candidates whose research program includes dental or craniodental studies that complement historical departmental strengths in bioarcheology and forensics as well as existing strengths in paleoanthropology and functional morphology will be given preference.


Completed applications received by 15 January 2019 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.




Posting Number


Quick Link for Posting


Working Title

Assistant Professor of Anthropology





Required Documents

Curriculum VitaeCover Letter/Letter of Application List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)

Optional Documents

Proof of Veterans Status


All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas employment system at jobs.uark.edu. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Forensic Anthropology Qualification Survey

We are reaching out to you because we're interested in better understanding the state of qualifications within forensic anthropology. That is, what makes someone qualified to practice forensic anthropology?

As such, we have put together a short survey in order to collect data regarding experiences and opinions about qualification for the practice of forensic anthropology. If you have performed forensic anthropology casework or consider yourself qualified to perform forensic anthropology casework, we would really appreciate your input and participation!

It is our hope that the results of this survey will be disseminated to members of the discipline via conference presentations and research papers, and that the information obtained from this survey will ultimately assist in the development of standards for education and training in forensic anthropology.

We expect this survey to take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

We understand that everyone’s time is very valuable and that the only compensation for your participation can be our gratitude and your contribution to the advancement of the discipline. None-the-less, we humbly ask you to take a few minutes out of your busy day to fill out this questionnaire and to pass it along to anyone whom it may be applicable.

All identifying information is double-blinded by the software, and your answers will be aggregated; thus your participation is meant to be anonymous and will be kept confidential. You may choose to complete all, part, or none of this survey. You have the right to withdraw from this study at any time, for any reason, without penalty.

NOTE: No minors (individuals aged under 18 years) or any other at-risk populations are eligible to participate in this survey.

We will likely be re-sending this survey request as a reminder; please only complete this survey once.

The link to the survey is provided below:

By clicking the above link to the survey, you are providing your consent to be involved in this study.

If you have any questions, concerns, etc., regarding this project, feel free to contact Dr. Nicholas V. Passalacqua or Dr. Marin A. Pilloud (contact info below).

This study has been approved by the IRB offices of both Western Carolina University and University of Nevada Reno. If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment as a participant in this study, you can reach the Chair of the Western Carolina University Institutional Review Board through WCU’s Office of Research Administration at 828-227-7212.

Thanks so much for your time!
Nicholas V. Passalacqua, PhD, D-ABFA
Anthropology and Sociology Dept
Western Carolina University

Marin A. Pilloud, PhD D-ABFA
Anthropology Dept
University of Nevada-Reno

Student Prize Winners, 2018


...to all of our student prize winners! Every year, the Dental Anthropology Association supports student research presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropology meetings.  Below are the winners from the two competitions: 

The Albert A. Dahlberg Paper Competition



G.G. Turner II/Cambridge University Press (CUP) Poster Competition


200 Exciting Things to See in Austin!

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The Dental Anthropology Association is thrilled to announce that there are 200 papers at the American Association of Physical Anthropology Meeting this year related to dental anthropology!! Check them out via the link below.

We're looking forward to seeing you all at our Annual Business Meeting on Friday, April 13th at 8:30pm in the Texas V/VI Rooms (Hyatt Regency Austin). Have fun in Austin!

For an organized view of the papers, please papers, click here

Proposed Constitution Edits

Dear Dental Anthropology Association Membership,

Last year we continued the excellent work that began under Scott Burnett to revise our association’s constitution. This year, a subcommittee of the executive board, including Marin Pilloud, Mackie O’Hara, and myself, has drafted a major overhaul of the constitution. I am indebted to Dr. Pilloud and Ms. O’Hara for their heroic efforts.

The goals of our proposed changes are to 1) bring the constitution in line with others of similar organizations, 2) build in ways to make the leadership of the DAA more inclusive, and 3) modernize the organization to take advantage of new technologies for information sharing.

I ask you to please take a look at the three documents attached. One is an unmarked draft of the proposed constitution, one is the current constitution, and one tracks the differences between the two. The current constitution requires that changes to the constitution be sent to the membership at least 30 days before the annual business meeting, and that votes to approve or disapprove be conducted at that meeting. Please note that the draft constitution will allow us to have such votes electronically in the future, allowing a greater number of members to vote.

Please review these documents and come prepared to discuss them at the meeting. Please also feel free to contact me before the meeting with any comments or questions.

Thank you for taking part in the Dental Anthropology Association. The executive board and I value your membership.


Heather Edgar, Ph.D.

President, Dental Anthropology Association



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