Bioarchaeologist Clark Spencer Larsen was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) at the Academy’s 154th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. April 29-May 2, 2017. Larsen initially developed his bioarcheaology skills at K-State, publishing the article “Skeletal Remains from the Utlaut Site” in The Missouri Archaeologist in 1972, and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 1974. He went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1975 and 1980, respectively. Larsen currently is Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University.
The National Academy of Sciences is a society of distinguished scholars nominated for membership by their peers for their outstanding contributions to research. Election to this society is widely considered a pinnacle of scholarly honors marking excellence in science. Larsen’s research focuses on the history of the human condition during the last 10,000 years, concentrating on health, quality of life, and adaptation. He is involved in several bioarchaeological and health-related projects including the La Florida Bioarchaeology Project, the Global History of Health Project, and the study of human remains from the Neolithic settlement of Catalhoyuk, Turkey, among others. He is also the author of several books including Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology, Skeletons in our Closet: Revealing Our Past through Bioarchaeology, and Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton. Larsen has also served as president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and as an editor for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Congratulations to Clark Spencer Larsen for achieving this prestigious honor!
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