News for Friday, November 4, 2016

The American Anthropology Association Recognizes Four SAR Alums

Jason De León and his son, IgnacioJason De León and his son, Ignacio2013–2014 Weatherhead Resident ScholarJason De León and his son, Ignacio2013–2014 Weatherhead Resident Scholar

Jason de Leon, 2013-2014 Weatherhead Scholar, SAR, and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, has been awarded the 2016 Margaret Mead Award by the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropology Association. Dr. De Leon is being recognized for his scholarship, including the book, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Sonoran Desert Migrant Trail. The Margaret Mead Award is presented to a younger scholar for a particular accomplishment such as a book, film, monograph, or service, which interprets anthropological data and principles in ways that make them meaningful and accessible to a broadly concerned public.

Jeremy Sabloff, former member of SAR Board of Directors, seminar participant, and Ethel Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellow, has been awarded the 2016 Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology. This award, presented by the AAA but selected by the Archaeology Division of AAA, is awarded every two years. The award has been given alternately to specialists in Mesoamerican archaeology and the archaeology of the Southwestern region -- areas that were both central to the pioneering and exemplary work of A. V. Kidder.

Milena Melo, participant in the SAR short seminar, “Transformations in Social Citizenship: Stratification, Risk and Responsibility in Health Care Reform,” and Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, received the 2016 AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. Awarded by the AAA and the Committee on Minority Affairs in Anthropology (CMIA), the annual fellowship is intended to encourage members of racialized minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and/or promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations.

Shirley J. Fiske is this year’s recipient of the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology, which is given every other year to an exemplary anthropologist for his or her outstanding recent achievements that have contributed to anthropology as an applied science and that have had important impacts on public policy. The award is given by the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association.

Dr. Fiske is an environmental and policy anthropologist whose work has been dedicated to augmenting the voice of social sciences, and anthropology in particular, in natural resource management and environmental and climate policy issues. She is a research professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland.

Based on the final report of an SAR seminar on climate change co-chaired by Fiske, the American Anthropological Association adopted a strong statement on humanity and climate change on February 9, 2015. The report recognizes that, while climate change will have a global impact, the impact will fall unevenly; and as climate impacts intensify, public expenditures needed for emergency aid and restoration will escalate.

More on these and other AAA awards can be found here.

Congratulations to Jason, Jeremy, Milena and Shirley!

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