Dr. Douglas Ubelaker Honored With 2020 AAFS HHRRC Clyde Snow Award

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Source: Dawnie Steadman, PhD, Chair of the AAFS Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) offers the Clyde Snow Award to a forensic scientist or organization that has made outstanding contributions to humanitarian action and the global advancement of human rights through the use of forensic science. This award recognizes the pioneering contributions of forensic anthropologist Clyde Collins Snow (1928-2014) in the application of forensic science to human rights. Dr. Snow helped catalyze the development of forensic science to support human rights throughout Latin America and around the world. His career accomplishments present an extraordinary model for forensic scientists to reflect upon.

Many accomplished individuals and organizations were nominated this year for the Clyde Snow Award. All candidates were reviewed and ranked by the HHRRC International Advisory Council and Subcommittee Chairs. This year, the Clyde Snow Award goes to the Douglas Ubelaker, PhD.

A Distinguished Fellow and Past President of the AAFS, and Past Chair of the HHRRC, Dr. Ubelaker is recognized here for his extensive work in supporting the scientific efforts of human rights work around the world. His tireless efforts on consulting and capacity building has helped transform the scientific identifications of missing persons globally.

Recipients of the Clyde Snow Award embody the spirit and far-reaching contributions made by Dr. Snow. The Award is also intended to stimulate the career development and minds of young forensic scientists. In addition, the Clyde Snow Award exemplifies the commitment of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences to the application of forensic science to help resolve important issues in the international and global domain.

Candidates for this award (individuals or organizations) are nominated by a member of the international forensic science community. Selection criteria focus on the sustained body of work in humanitarian forensic science. The Clyde Snow Award is not for any specific contribution in the forensic sciences but is intended to recognize a sustained effort in the global application of forensic science to human rights investigations and/or humanitarian action.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Ubelaker on receiving this award!