Ann McElroy was born in Connecticut in 1942. Daughter of an Army family, transience in childhood predisposed her to the mobile lifestyle of an anthropologist. At the University of Kansas, where she intended as an undergraduate to prepare for a career in clinical psychology, Ann converted to cultural anthropology after taking introductory classes with some extraordinary professors, including Felix Moos, Keith Otterbein, and William Stein. Under the mentorship of James Clifton, she did ethnographic research in a Prairie Potawatomi community, wrote a senior honors paper, and received the B.A. in Anthropology in 1966. As a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ann was fortunate to study with arctic specialists John J. Honigmann and Irma Honigmann and with medical anthropologist Dorothea Leighton. With support from NSF and NIMH grants, she carried out doctoral research in northern Canada in 1967 and 1969-70 on Inuit family life and child enculturation in two Baffin Island towns.
The Boards of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) have selected Dr. Frances Norwood to receive the Margaret Mead Award for 2011. Norwood was selected for her book, The Maintenance of Life: Preventing Social Death through Euthanasia Talk and End-of-Life Care-Lessons from the Netherlands, published by Carolina Academic Press in 2009. Norwood is currently an Assistant Research Professor and Professorial Lecturer in Anthropology at George Washington University. The Award will be formally presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 30, 2012.
President Merrill Eisenberg announced recently that a critical milestone had been reached in the campaign to endow the Gil Kushner Student Travel Awards. A total of $20,000 had been contributed by the end of October. This amount, President Eisenberg noted, constitutes 80% of the endowment goal of $25,000.
The Malinowski Award has been given annually by the SfAA since 1950. Since the early 1970′s the award has served as a vehicle for honoring the lifetime achievements of a senior social scientist. This year the Malinowski Award will go to Dr. Clifford Barnett. The Malinowski Award Committee noted that Dr. Barnett, “through his varied career in applied anthropology, has been an outspoken and vigorous promoter of applying scientific anthropological research and knowledge to meeting the needs of people. At Stanford and in his community life outside the academic sphere, he has not hesitated to present his experience and findings to those outside the discipline. Barnett’s outstanding dedication to the field, breadth of experience and accomplishments deserve the Society’s recognition by making him the Malinowksi awardee.” He has an outstanding body of work in:
The Bronislaw Malinowski Award is presented to an outstanding social scientist in recognition of efforts to understand and serve the needs of the world’s societies and who has actively pursued the goal of solving human problems using the concepts and tools of social science during one’s entire career. Each nomination should follow the criteria for selection set forth by the SfAA.