2020 Anthropology Section Awards

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Source: Marin A. Pilloud, PhD, Section Secretary

Please join me in congratulating the many award winners in the Anthropology Section who were recognized at the AAFS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim!

The T. Dale Stewart AwardH. Gill-King received this award for his distinguished service to forensic anthropology over the past several decades. Next year, this honor will be passed on to Dennis C. Dirkmaat.

Outstanding Mentorship Award—In the first year of this award, the committee chose to honor Dennis C. Dirkmaat (pictured below) for his exemplary support and contributions to the career development and advancement of students, colleagues, and to the discipline of forensic anthropology.


The J. Lawrence Angel Award—Congratulations to Valerie Sgheiza (pictured below) as the winner of the 2020 J. Lawrence Angel Forensic Anthropology Student Paper Award. Valerie Sgheiza is an Anthropology PhD/Applied Statistics MS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and presented a paper titled “Conditional Independence and Appropriate Number of Stages in Juvenile Dental Age Estimation.” Dr. Lyle Konigsberg, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, serves as the faculty adviser. Congratulations also to last year’s award winner, Saskia Ammer, who received her award during the 2020 Anthropology section business meeting.


Diversity and Inclusion Travel AwardMariah Moe (pictured below) is this year’s winner of the travel award given by the Anthropology Section Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Ms. Moe is a PhD student in the Applied Anthropology program at Texas State University.


Ellis R. Kerley Research Award—Congratulations to Janna Andronowski (pictured below) in addition to co-authors Reed A. Davis and Mary E. Cole for the presentation entitled “Investigating the Impact of Opioid Abuse on Intracortical Porosity and Bone Cellular Density: A Synchrotron-Radiation Micro-Computed Tomography (SRµCT) Approach.”


A big thank you to outgoing Section Chair Paul Emanovsky for all his hard work. Thank you to Kristen Hartnett-McCann for all her work as Secretary and congratulations on being elected Section Chair! Also, congratulations to the new Program Chair, Allysha P. Winburn, and Co-Chair, Krista E. Latham.

If you have an announcement for the AAFS Newsfeed or e-mail blasts to the Anthropology Section membership, please forward them to me, Marin Pilloud, at mpilloud@unr.edu.