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Beyond Human Evolution: Understanding the Science of Our Family Tree

February 1 - 3, 2018

Arizona State University

Funded by the John Templeton Foundation

Supported by the Center for Biology and Society

Organized by
Paige Madison
, Arizona State University

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Meeting Schedule  (As of 01/22/2018)

Speaker List (01/16/2018) 

From the time when the first fossil hominids were uncovered in the nineteenth century, the field that ultimately coalesced into paleoanthropology has undergone significant growth and transformation. This workshop aims to bring paleoanthropologists together with historians and philosophers to reflect on--and learn from--the history of the discipline by exploring the often unspoken underpinnings of the science.

Underlying assumptions in paleoanthropological research often go unarticulated and unaddressed. This workshop attempts to take a step back from the science, unearth some of those underlying assumptions, and gain some perspective on why scientists do what they do. By examining the topics of fossil evidence, the genus Homo, and early hominins, the workshop will ask questions about the changing nature of evidence, approaches, and understandings in human evolution.

Overarching Questions

  • What kind of assumptions have underpinned approaches to paleoanthropology?
  • How have scientists come to be aware of these ideas and addressed them in their work?
  • And, how can we identify these suppositions in future research, and adjust them when they no longer lead to productive science?

Session Questions

Session 1: How has Homo been defined over time? What have been the boundaries of the genus?
Session 2: How have interpretations of physical evidence for hominins changed through time, for example how and why have different pieces of the skeleton or features of the skeleton been considered more significant for analyses?
Session 3: How has our understanding of the evolutionary boundaries of the hominin clade changed over time?

Logistics for Workshop Presenters

Hotel Information

A hotel room has been booked in your name for the duration of the workshop at: 
Residence Inn by Marriott Tempe Downtown/University

510 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480-967-2300

Hotel Airport Shuttle

The Residence Inn by Marriott Tempe has an airport shuttle, please call 480-967-2300 once you have received your bags at the airport.

ASU Campus Interactive Map

Directions from Hotel to Meeting Space

Start point is the Residence Inn by Mariott Tempe Downtown/Univerity, and end point is 427 E Tyler Mall, Life Sciences Building C. 

Reimbursement Forms

The 2018 Seminar is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and administered through the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University.  If funded, the grant will cover your economy airfare and lodging. Your lodging will be paid directly to the hotel. Your airfare expense will be reimbursed after the seminar with an appropriate receipt. Please follow the guidelines below for reimbursement of your airfare. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Cottrell at Andrea.Cottrell@asu.edu or her direct line at 480-965-0075.

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DOMESTIC U.S. PARTICIPANTS

AFTER THE TRIP: In order for ASU to reimburse your airfare, you must complete an Expense Reimbursement Form along with a Participant Form.  You must forward an airline receipt with your name, the date of purchase, the amount and the last 4 of a credit card number. Please send it to Andrea Cottrell (Andrea.Cottrell@asu.edu).

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INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS

BEFORE THE TRIP: Please fill out, sign, and email scans of the following documents to Andrea Cottrell (andrea.cottrell@asu.edu).

  1. Form W-8BEN
          A. Be sure to sign and date the bottom

  2. Alien Data Collection Form
          
    A. Pay special attention to Part 1
          B. If you are in J-1 non-student status and your visa was not sponsored by Arizona State University, you will also need to provide a letter from your sponsoring institution, specifically the person listed in Box 7 of your approved DS-2019
  3. Compliance Statement for Payments to Visitors in Business and Tourist Status
          A. This form is only required for visitors in B1/B2 or WB/WT status
          B. Fill out Visitor Information section. Sign and date under Statement of Visitor.
  4. Copy of your Passport, Visa and I-94 arrival/departure record. 
    Reimbursements can NOT be processed without copies of all of these documents
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DURING THE TRIP: You must print your I-94 arrival/departure record from the US Customs and Border protection website.  The I-94 document is required for your expense reimbursement request, and will not be available to print after your departure from the US.

AFTER THE TRIP: In order for ASU to reimburse your airfare expense, you must complete an Expense Reimbursement Form along with a Participant Form.  You must also submit a receipt from the airline with your name, the date of purchase and the last 4 of a credit card number. Please send it to Andrea Cottrell (Andrea.Cottrell@asu.edu).

 


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