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Susan Pfeiffer elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

December 16, 2019

Susan Pfeiffer, a professor emerita in the department of anthropology in the Faculty of Arts & Science, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

In a statement, the AAAS praised Pfeiffer’s “distinguished contributions to the field of biological anthropology, particularly related to adaptations among the Later Stone Age foragers of southern Africa.”

Through the examination of bones and teeth using scientific methods for imaging and diet analysis, Pfeiffer’s research has shed light on early humans. She has also explored research questions related to the ancestors of First Nations peoples and served as chair of U of T’s Repatriation Committee, which saw returned to the Huron-Wendat Nation the remains of more than1700 ancestors.

Professor Melanie Woodin, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, said the faculty is “immensely proud” of Pfeiffer, praising her “research discoveries in the field of biological anthropology, her relationship building with Indigenous communities and her long-standing leadership,” in both the faculty and the university.

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