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Anemone named AAAS fellow

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Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by UNCG Research.

Repost from UNCG NOW

Dr. Robert L. Anemone, head of UNCG’s Department of Anthropology, is a 2014 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Fellows are chosen by their peers for lifetime appointments.

Anemone, who came to UNCG from Western Michigan University in 2013, has been an AAAS member since graduate school. He was honored for his work on human variation, his contribution to the fossil record, and his groundbreaking use of satellite imagery to predict where fossils might be found.

One of only two UNC system anthropologists chosen as fellows this year, he says he is humbled by the honor. “It’s a big deal to be selected by your peers for your contribution to science.”

Anemone, who specializes in human and primate evolution, authored “Race and Human Diversity: A Biocultural Approach,” a text he uses in his classroom. He wrote the book, he says, to “further our understanding of race and human diversity from both a biological and a cultural perspective.”

Anemone’s field team is one of the first to harness satellite technology for use in digs, working closely with a geographer and remote-sensing specialist. On summer digs in Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin, the team utilizes high-tech predictive models of likely fossil hot-spots.

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, founded in 1848. AAAS includes 254 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million people. The AAAS Fellows tradition began in 1874.

AAAS publishes the journal Science. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated one million readers.

Story by Michelle Hines, University Relations