Stumbled across this gem while searching for some information for fieldwork.  Terrific list of PDF downloadable rehab resources for occupational therapists, PTs, and SLPS. 

All this and more:

Occupational Therapy
Home Management Education

Ascending/Descending Stairs in a Wheelchair
Concepts of Energy Saving
Energy Conservation Tips
Grooming Dressing Tips

Home Assessment – Basic

Home Assessment – Advance
Home Safety Caregivers
Homemaking for Wheelchair Patient
Homemaking for Incoordination of UE
Homemaking for Suggestions for Hemiplegic
Make Your Home Tumble Free
Positioning While Lying Supine
Ramp Specifications
Running Man Position
Scar Tissue Mobilization
Shoulder Home Routine
Walker Safety

Home Exercise Programs
Active Hand Exercises
Active ROM Exercises, pg 1.
Active ROM Exercises, pg.2
Active Wrist Exercises
Exercises for Parkinsons
Hand Home Program
HEP with Weights
Keys to Understanding Arthritis
PROM Sitting
PROM Supine
Shoulder Exercises for Rotator Cuff Repair
Shoulder Exercises for Total Shoulder
Shoulder Exercises with Ball
Straightening of Fingers
Stretching Palm
Stretching Wrist and Forearm
Thumb Exercises
Towel and Dowel Home Exercises
Upper Extremity Exercises
Wrist Finger Flexion Extension

Holy bugs, Batman! Our environmental scientists, Alistair Rogers and Stefanie Lasota, braved swarms of dragonflies and mosquitoes to collect plants during their fieldwork in the Arctic last summer.

They brought leaf samples back from the Alaskan tundra to Brookhaven, where we analyze them and feed the data into computer models that help us understand and predict future climate change.

Here at the Lab, Alistair mentored a local high school student named Benjamin November, who studied the leaves’ nitrogen content and thickness, and provided new data that can be used to calculate the plants’ capacity for taking up carbon dioxide. That’s a key component for improving the representation of photosynthesis in climate change model projections. For his work, Benjamin was named a semifinalist in this year’s prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.  

PS: Give some love to these scientists working in the field. The mosquito density out there is the stuff of nightmares.

Archaeologists dig in for better rates of pay
  • by Noel Baker

“Archaeologists have formed a trade union grouping amid concerns that some highly qualified people are working for pay rates not much above the minimum wage — or in some cases, for free.

Contract archaeologists, who mostly work in the private sector, have joined trade union Unite in an attempt to convince archaeological consultancies to sign up to a standardised pay agreement that would protect wage levels.

The move comes after what the chairman of the new branch, Matt Seaver, described as “an apocalypse” in the sector. The union grouping comprises approximately 60 contract archaeologists — around half the total number of contract archaeologists working on projects here.

That is down from more than 800 at the height of the boom, with Mr Seaver claiming many archaeologists have “thrown their hat” at the profession or have emigrated.

According to the union, site assistants are typically the people tasked with excavating and recording during digs and some are being paid between €9.50 and €10 an hour, in what the union has termed “poverty pay”.

“There has been such a draining out of archaeologists that very few people are prepared to tough it out,” Mr Seaver said. “In its current form it is unsustainable for a lot of people.” He said the reduction in positions available as well as the tumbling rates of pay had meant many highly qualified archaeologists had moved on to other professions, or had emigrated, with some Irish people working on projects elsewhere such as the Metro in Copenhagen in Denmark.

report by the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland published earlier this year claimed there were 82% fewer archaeologists than in 2007 and that low pay and the excess costs incurred by staff in moving to new places of work meant commercial archaeological work was unsustainable.

It also stated that site assistants can typically work less than 20 weeks a year and that less than half of all archaeologists across a number of positions worked most of the year. That report also recommended an agreed system of subsistence rates be implemented for all archaeologists depending on distance from place of work and costs incurred.”

(Source: Irish Examiner; bottom image: The Journal)

What the well-dressed fieldworker is wearing this summer (i)

Planning a summer trip to a hot weather field site? Let’s punch up your wardrobe a bit prior to departure.

This is intended as the first in a short series of how-to posts for optimizing your clothing choices for the heat and humidity. The individual posts will be organized around a particular type of garment or gear, such as outwear and footwear. This post will discuss undergarments and headwear and neckwear. Prior to that, a few caveats about the series of posts as a whole:

  • The information is intended as introductory, not as comprehensive.
  • Brand names will be mentioned. I don’t know how I would provide any useful advice without doing so.
  • Trademarked technologies will be mentioned early and often, so much so that I have not bothered with the ™ or ® or related symbols. Trademarks are trademarks of the respective companies.
  • I will be focusing on how to optimize your clothing in terms of technology. This may or may not square with optimizing your clothing in terms of impression management.
  • Performance wear doesn’t have to cost a mint, but it doesn’t come at a bargain price. “Buy once, cry once,” as they say.
  • This is an anthropology blog, so archaeologists and primatologists are obviously within the scope of the intended audience here. Environment rather than discipline is the determiner. The information is equally applicable to linguists, geographers, geologists, ecologists, and anyone else planning fieldwork in swampy or arid conditions.

And now, on to the service part of the service writing.

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Ask an Archaeologist…Stuff: Episode 1

Here’s the first of hopefully many episodes where I answer all the tumblr questions that I’ve been getting. In this episode I answer questions on field make-up and drinking water containers. Keep the questions coming and I’ll keep the answers coming!



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See What It’s Like to be a Paleontologist in the Gobi Desert

Aki Watanabe took Google Glass to the Gobi Desert to show people first hand what fossil hunting is like

"Poke fun at Google Glass all you want, but it does do one thing pretty well: capture first person video. Take this one for example, by Aki Watanabe, a student at the American Museum of Natural History’s Richard Gilder Graduate School. He took his Glass to the Gobi Desert to show people first hand what fossil hunting is like. 

The video includes a bridge crossing hampered by a herd of goats, lots of dusty driving and some beautiful shots of the Gobi desert landscape” (read more).

(Source: Smithsonian NMNH)

It’s important to identify the different colours of your contexts for your record sheets. I’d say this is a browny sort of brownish.
—  Me, today, supervising a trench and teaching people how to archaeology.
(EX)communicated Group Show

I am excited to announce that three prints from Corrections will be on display at Auburn University as a part of the (EX)communicated group show, an exhibition of works addressing themes of injustice and inequality.

If you are in the area, definitely stop by! 

Fieldwork Projects Gallery
Auburn University
420 Gay Street, Auburn AL
September 15th-19th
Closing Reception: Friday, September 19th from 5:00pm-7:00pm