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SVP Honors Achievements in Paleontology

11/29/2011


DEERFIELD, IL (November 29, 2011) -  The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology presented 19 awards in 14 categories earlier this month at their annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.  From student articles to digital modeling, the awards recognize an array of important contributions to the field of vertebrate paleontology.
 

The Society’s highest honor, the A.S. Romer – G.G. Simpson Medal, was given to Alfred W. (Fuzz) Crompton for his sustained and outstanding scholarly excellence in the discipline of vertebrate paleontology.  Crompton is the Fisher Professor of National History Emeritus at Harvard University where he researches the neuromuscular control of all aspects of feeding in a wide variety of vertebrates.  In addition, the following awards were presented for 2011:

  • Edwin H. and Margaret M. Colbert Prize – Ryoko Matsumoto, University College London, Japan
  • Mary R. Dawson Grant – Yuri Kimura, Southern Methodist University, USA
  • Richard Estes Memorial Grant – Ryoko Matsumoto, University College London, Japan
  • Joseph T. Gregory Award – Steven Cohen, USA
  • Honorary Membership Awards – Robert R. Reisz, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada and Jean-Jacques Jaeger, University of Poitiers, France
  • Institutional Membership: A Program for Institutions of Developing Nations – The Pakistan Museum of Natural History
  • John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, 2-Dimensional Art – Jason E. Brougham, American Museum of Natural History, USA
  • John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, 3-Dimensional Art – John A. Gurche, USA
  • John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, Scientific Illustration – Jeffrey W. Martz, USA
  • John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, National Geographic Digital Modeling and Animation – Evan Boucher, Drexel University, USA
  • Bryan Patterson Memorial Grant – Cory Redman, Texas A&M, USA
  • Preparators’ Grant – Matthew Brown, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Program for Scientists from Economically Developing Nations – Ruzan Mkrtchyan, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Science, Armenia
  • Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize – Frank Varriale, USA
  • A.S. Romer – G.G. Simpson Medal – Alfred W. (Fuzz) Crompton, Harvard University, USA
  • Morris F. Skinner Award – John Nyaphuli, National Museum, South Africa
  • Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the Journal of Vertebrate PaleontologyMatt FriedmanUniversity of Oxford, UK (Honorable Mention – Martin Brazeau, Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity, Netherlands)

For more information about the awards and winners, visit the SVP website, www.vertpaleo.org

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About the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Founded in 1940 by thirty-four paleontologists, the Society now has more than 2,400 members representing professionals, students, artists, preparators and others interested in vertebrate paleontology. It is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, with the object of advancing the science of vertebrate paleontology.


Images

Image 1: Winner, John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, 2-Dimensional Art: “Mononykus olecranus, Nemegt Formation Mongolia”. © Jason E. Brougham

Image 2: Winner, John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, 3-Dimensional Art:"Ste 5" © John A. Gurche

Image 3: Winner, John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, Scientific Illustration: “Skeletal reconstruction of the Late Triassic pseudosuchian archosaur Revueltosaurus callenderi” © Jeffrey W. Martz

Image 4: Winner, John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, National Geographic Digital Modeling and Animation:  Still frame from “Digital Paleoart: Reconstruction and Restoration from Laser-Scanned Fossils” © Evan Boucher


Contact
Meagan Comerford
mcomerford@vertpaleo.org
+1-847-480-9095
SVP Communications Manager
 

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