By Nancy Romero-Daza
University of South Florida
The Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology programs (COPAA) welcomes its new student representative, David Colon-Cabrera, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. David has been actively involved in a variety of research projects with diverse populations in Maryland, Puerto Rico, and Central America, and has held leadership positions in several student organizations. David will soon be starting his doctoral research on HIV transmission and attitudes toward male circumcision in Prince George’s County, MD. In his position as student representative, David will advise COPAA members on student issues, help guide the development of SfAA sessions relevant to COPAA’s mission and student interests, and will help to increase overall student involvement with the consortium.
We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Visiting Fellow Program has been awarded to the University of North Texas, which will use the funds to host a visit by Mary Odell Butler. Mary Odell Butler is currently contributing to the establishment of a on-line, non-credit certificate on evaluation anthropology, and along with Sue Squires, has been working on the development of an on-line course in environmental anthropology. COPAA continues to encourage its member departments to apply for the VFP, which can provide a rewarding experience for both the host department and the visiting fellow.
The Consortium welcomes our newest department member: Portland State University. We would like to continue expanding our membership, and thus, invite applied anthropology departments and programs to become involved. This is a great opportunity for both faculty and students to network and share experiences with other applied and practicing anthropologists throughout the country.
Finally, we want to encourage students, faculty, and practitioners to visit our web site, which offers lots of useful information for individuals and programs. The web site is maintained throughout the year, and modified in the fall, as needed. We would like to remind our member programs to make sure their Web sites are kept up-to-date. For more information, please check http://www.copaa.info/.