EUROTAST Reporting

FEBRUARY 2015: Reconciling “Racial” Identities, Family History and Genomic “Ancestry” in Two Post-slavery Societies

The EUROTAST fellows will be presenting the findings of their research at the upcomingGenetics/Heritage conference, 23-25 April at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. Deadline for submission has been extended to March 15. To submit a paper or to attend the conference, visit the Genetics/Heritage website.  Title: Reconciling “Racial” Identities, Family History and Genomic “Ancestry” in Two…

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February 2015: The Genomic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Yungas Valley of Bolivia

The EUROTAST fellows will be presenting the findings of their research at the upcoming Genetics/Heritage conference, 23-25 April at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. Deadline for submission has been extended to March 15. To submit a paper or to attend the conference, visit the Genetics/Heritage website. There are some fantastic projects involved and we will…

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JANUARY 2015: Digging for DNA on Medium.com

Digging for DNA: Archaeology, Genetics & the Transatlantic Slave Trade is an article posted on Medium.com about EUROTAST and the impact of genetics on archaeological and historical research. Here is the first paragraph: Marcela Sandoval gave me a wry grin, then covered her face with a mask. Next, a covering for her hair, goggles, booties…

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Reminder: Deadline for Genetics/Heritage Conference

Reminder: Submissions for the Genetics/Heritage Conference are due 1 December. Genetics/heritage is an international conference that brings together perspectives from population genetics, archaeology, anthropology, and history to better understand the contemporary legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. This three day conference will highlight the results from EUROTAST, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network of science…

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OCTOBER 2014: Sarah Abel in Birmingham

EUROTAST fellow Sarah Abel was invited to give a talk about her work on ancestry genetics testing and race at a Community Perspectives event in Birmingham. Her lecture was well-received and she fielded incisive questions from the audience about politics, race, and genetics. From her discussion of the event: The idea was to present some…

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AUGUST 2014: Genotyping Workshop

From 25 – 29 August 2014, EUROTAST fellows studying population genetics and bioinformatics (Marcela Sandoval Velasco, Cesar Fortes Lima, Anuradha Jagadeesan, Petr Triska, Tanja Heinz and Hákon Jónsson) attended a Genotyping Workshop hosted by the Centre for Geogenetics in Copenhagen, Denmark. The main objective of the workshop was to provide advanced training in some of the methods…

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JULY 2014: Ryan Espersen – Excavations on Saba

EUROTAST fellow Ryan Espersen had returned to Saba, a Caribbean island governed as a Public Entity within the Netherlands, between May and August to continue writing his PhD dissertation and create maps of excavated sites from the previous year using a differential GPS. During the last week in May, the Saba Archaeology Center, a non-profit organization…

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JUNE 2014: Cesar Fortes Lima at IPATIMUP

EUROTAST research fellow Cesar Fortes-Lima  just completed a month-long position as a Visiting Researcher at IPATIMUP, the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology at the University of Porto, Portugal. He worked with Luisa Pereira’s group to reconstruct complete mitochondrial DNA genomes from Africa. From this training he learned how to estimate genetic variation and geographic discrimination of mtDNA.  

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JUNE 2014: Fieldwork Update from Sarah Abel

EUROTAST fellow Sarah Abel updates us about her PhD fieldwork of the past several months: Over the past four months I have been based in Washington DC, where I have been carrying out the second stage of my PhD fieldwork, into the social impacts of DNA ancestry testing in the USA. As with my previous…

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JUNE 2014: EUROTAST fellow Jessica Hendy receives York Georgian Society commendation

  Jessica Hendy was highly commended for the Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2014, awarded by the York Georgian Society. The award is designed to encourage research into Georgian period society and culture. She will use the award to attend the Society for the Social History of Medicine conference in Oxford in July.

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