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 Biological/Physical Anthropologists, its members, and/or the field of biological anthropology. Nominees do not have to be AABA members.

The award is named in honor of the late Gabriel W. Lasker, former AAB/PA 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 Biological Anthropologists. 
  2. Nominations must be accompanied by a completed Nomination Disclosure Form.
  3. Electronic submission is required and nominations should be e-mailed to the chair of the History and Honors Committee, Dr. Julienne Rutherford.
  4. All materials must be received no later than October 15, 2021.
  5. 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 History and Honors Committee. Nominations made prior to the previous year must be resubmitted.


Evaluation Process. The AABA 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 AABA 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 AABA.



2021

Ed HagenEd Hagen, Washington State University of Vancouver.

2020

Karen RosenbergKaren Rosenberg, University of Delaware. Dr. Rosenberg's scholarship has transformed the way that we think about childbirth and motherhood. She has been a major public presence of our discipline in communicating about evolution to the public. Dr. Rosenberg has served the AABA as President, Past President, Vice President, Executive Committee member, and Scientific Program Committee member. As President, she led the organization toward responding effectively to a changing scientific landscape. Dr. Rosenberg is one of a handful of senior scientists who have supported and maintained a community of biological anthropologists across other major scientific organizations, including the AAA, the Paleoanthropology Society, the AAAS, and Sigma Xi.

2019

Susan AntónSusan C. Antón, New York University. Susan Antón's academic interests are biological anthropology; skeletal biology; evolution of genus Homo; dispersal; evolutionary morphology; human osteology and anatomy; growth, development and life history patterns. Field programs in Asia and the Pacific. She has served as President and Vice President of the AABA and with colleagues initiated and developed the AABA's highly successful Committee on Diversity.

2018

Anne GrauerAnne L. Grauer, Loyola University Chicago. Paleopathology and paleodemography -- in particular the lives of women and the impact of social environments on the presence of diseases, human morbidity, and mortality. She is also a forensic consultant for the FBI's Evidence Response Team, the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

2017

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

2016

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.

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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.

2011

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

2010

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.

2009

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.

2008

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

2007

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 biological anthropologist, much of his writing has been directed at teachers and the injection of human evolution and other biological anthropological subjects into the science curricula of schools.

2006

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

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