Tonight at the American Anthropological Association conference, I received the New Directions Award from the General Anthropology Division. Per their website, which I saw early in the summer:
The GAD New Directions Award recognizes accomplishments of individuals or groups across diverse media and formats as forms of public anthropology. Common to these is the responsible presentation of anthropological information for a larger public beyond the academy as well as a demonstrated commitment to ethical considerations and methodological rigor.President-elect of the GAD, Bob Myers, told me that I'd gotten the award because "Your energetic style and informative articles across several media and sites is the kind of public anthropology essential for presenting the discipline to a larger world."
|Bob Myers giving me the award!|
|Faaaaancy! And with nice words on it!|
|They had a rotating slide show of the award winners, and I found|
it endlessly hilarious that on this giant slide that says I won, there
is a big ol' pic of me mugging for the camera. Always.
No award would be complete without a list of thank-yous. In addition to the GAD folks, thanks go to Jennifer Raff for nominating me and saying such awesome things about my work. And thanks to my editor at Forbes, Alex Knapp, for giving me this amazing international platform to begin with. Thanks to Carlina de la Cova for cheerleading for me at the ceremony and taking pictures. And last but definitely not least, thanks to all my readers here at PbO, as well as at Forbes and mental_floss. I'm glad you're all liking what I do, because I sure like doing it!