Gabriel Lasker

The Gabriel W. Lasker Service Award was established in 2005 to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated a history of excellence in service to the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, its members, and/or the field of physical anthropology. Nominees do not have to be AAPA members.

The award is named in honor of the late Gabriel W. Lasker, former AAPA President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Committee member, founding editor of the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, and long-term editor of Human Biology.

Nomination Process

1. Members are invited to submit a one-page nomination (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf) describing the nominee’s qualifications and contributions to biological anthropology and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. 

2. Electronic submission is required and nominations should be e-mailed to the chair of the Nominations Committee, Dr. Anne Stone. 

3. All materials must be received no later than October 16, 2017.

4. Rollover of Nominations: Nominations made in the previous year, but not awarded, will be considered by the Executive Committee for one additional year without requiring renomination. Nominators who wish to provide additional information should contact the chair of the Nominations Committee (hotlink). Nominations made prior to the previous year must be resubmitted.

Evaluation Process. The AAPA Executive Committee evaluates the nominees and makes the final decision.   The committee may request a more detailed letter of nomination from the original nominator along with brief a curriculum vitae of the nominee. The awardee and the nominator are informed by the President in January prior to the annual meeting.

Award Process. The award is presented during the business meeting at the AAPA annual meeting each year. The awardee will be introduced by the nominator (in the case of multiple nominations, a single nominator will be selected). All members including students are encouraged to attend the business meeting to join together in recognition of a distinguished senior member of the AAPA.


John RelethfordJohn H. Relethford, SUNY Oneonta. Human population genetics, human variation, and the evolution of modern humans.


Leslie Aiello Gabriel Lasker Service AwardLeslie Aiello, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Human paleontology, evolution of human adaptation, evolutionary theory, life history, evolution of the brain, diet, language and cognition.


Dennis O'RourkeDennis O'Rourke, University of Utah. Ancient DNA analysis, Human Population and Genetics, North American Arctic


Trudy TurnerTrudy R. Turner, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Molecular anthropology and evolution; Life history of non-human primates.


Fred H. SmithFred H. Smith, Illinois State University. Fred H. Smith is a human paleontologist who studies Neandertals and their relationships to modern humans.


Eugenie C. ScottEugenie C. Scott, National Center for Science Education. Through her position with the National Center for Science Education, Eugenie has been a tireless advocate protecting the rights of students to a quality scientific education.


Mark WeissMark Weiss, National Science Foundation. Mark’s experience and influence has been invaluable in growing the funding base and opportunities for physical anthropologists by assuring that new competition announcements were inclusive of physical anthropologists.


Cynthia Brock accepts the Lasker Distinguished Service Award on behalf of Phillip L. WalkerPhillip Lee Walker, University of California at Santa Barbara. Perhaps best about Phil’s service to the Association was the generosity and commitment of his time and energy to see that each task was completed. He rarely turned down a request to serve his various professional organizations. He brought to all his endeavors his scientific abilities, calm demeanor, heightened sense of diplomacy, and general good humor, characteristics that continually led colleagues to seek him out for important service roles in their organizations.


Curtis Weinker, University of South Florida. Since 1972 at the University of South Florida, where Weinker was a professor in the anthropology department and held a joint appointment with the College of Medicine, he served as the: Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Affairs, Associate (Interim) Dean for Graduate Affairs, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Just a few of his many honors there included Outstanding Faculty Member, the USF President’s Distinguished Service Award, and the USF President’s Distinguished Affirmative Action Award. He is currently emeritus professor at South Florida. By the time he retired in 2003, he had published more than 70 articles and a book.


Clark Spencer Larsen, Ohio State University. In Clark’s long service to the AAPA he has served on the Program Committee and on the Editorial Board of the AJPA, as a Local Arrangements meeting co-chair, as AAPA Vice President and President, and as Editor of the AJPA. There are few who have given more service to the association.


Martin K. Nickels, Illinois State University. Martin K. (Marty) Nickels is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Illinois State University, where he has been recognized for excellence in teaching on numerous occasions. While he has many publications that are ‘‘traditional’’ for a physical anthropologist, much of his writing has been directed at teachers and the injection of human evolution and other physical anthropological subjects into the science curricula of schools.


Fred de Kuyper, AAPA. The AAPA recognized Fred de Kuyper's counsel in negotiating a new publishing agreement between the association and John Wiley & Sons, the publisher of AJPA, thereby making a lasting contribution to the health, wellbeing, and future of the AAPA association and its journal.

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