Awards and Honors
Diane Gifford-Gonzalez named Sigma Xi Distinguished
By Jennifer McNulty
Professor of anthropology Diane Gifford-Gonzalez has been named
Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 2006-07.
Gifford-Gonzalez, who specializes in zooarchaeology, joins
a group of lecturers selected for two-year tenures beginning
in July. Considered outstanding in their fields, lecturers are
selected to "address issues at the intersection of science
and society" with Sigma Xi chapters worldwide.
Sigma Xi is an international research society with nearly 65,000
members in more than 100 countries. It promotes appreciation
for the role research has played in human progress. Since 1937,
the society's Distinguished Lecturers Program has given members
an opportunity to learn from the experts during events hosted
by Sigma Xi chapters around the world.
Gifford-Gonzalez will deliver lectures on a range of subjects
including the disappearance of fur seals from the Monterey Bay
Area, the role of animal disease in the spread of pastoralism
in Africa, and ancient farming in Africa.
Gifford-Gonzalez has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania,
the Netherlands, and the western United States. Her current research
includes NSF-funded work on animal and human paleoecology around
Monterey Bay, ethnicity and animal use at a colonial New Mexican
Pueblo, and early pastoralism in Niger and Kenya.
The author of more than 50 academic articles and book chapters,
she is a highly regarded teacher, as well as curator of the
Monterey Bay Archaeology Archives and a board member of the
Cabrillo College Archaeological Technology Certificate Program.
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