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College of Arts & Sciences

Loyola University Chicago Department Chair and Professor Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow 2020

CHICAGO, December 8, 2020 — Anne Grauer, PhD, professor and department chair of the Department of Anthropology in Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year, 489 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. AAAS Fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News and Notes section of the journal Science on November 27. A virtual Fellows Forum—an induction ceremony for the new Fellows—will be held on February 13, 2021.

As part of the anthropology section, Grauer was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of biological anthropology, particularly to the development of paleopathology as a means of understanding social life in the past.

Grauer has numerous publications in paleopathology (the study of ancient human disease) and bioarchaeology (the study of human remains from archaeological contexts). Her research interests focus on how aspects of sex, gender, and social identity impact the presence of diseases in the past. She is currently analyzing skeletons from medieval England, from cemetery populations in 19th-century urban centers in the United States.

She is currently the president of the American Association of Physical Anthropology and the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Paleopathology. She is research associate in the department of anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History and serves as a forensic consultant for the FBI's Evidence Response Team, the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of Anne Grauer’s impactful scholarly work,” said Peter Schraeder, dean of Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Anne is an extraordinary educator, mentor, and researcher who exemplifies how great teaching and great research go hand in hand to deepen and enrich the educational experience at Loyola.”

Said Grauer: "It is an honor to be recognized by my peers for my work and to join an extraordinary group of scientists and engineers who are dedicated to gaining new knowledge and sharing their work for the benefit of all." 

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected. The AAAS Fellow honor comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.

Each steering group reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

AAAS encourages its sections and Council to consider diversity among those nominated and selected as Fellows, in keeping with the association’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  

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About Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a course location in Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 14 schools, colleges, and institutes, including Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Stritch School of Medicine. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.


About the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine; Science Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances; Science Immunology; and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For additional information about AAAS, see www.aaas.org.