For release: July 24, 2012
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Dr. Stan Hyland
Dr. Stan Hyland of the University of Memphis has been selected to receive the 2012
Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology. Hyland, a professor of
anthropology and head of the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy at the University,
will be honored at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in November.
The Kimball Award was initiated by royalties from Applied Anthropology in America,
a volume dedicated to Kimball, who taught that “the study of human behavior should
be of service to people.” The award has been presented every other year since 1984.
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the award now provides a $1,000 prize.
The Kimball Award honors exemplary anthropologists for outstanding recent achievements
that have contributed to the development of anthropology as an applied science and
that have significant impact on public policy. The anthropological contribution may
be theoretical or methodological. The impact on public policy may be in any area ¬–
domestic or international – including biodiversity, climate change, energy, international
relations, medicine, public health, language conservation, education, criminal justice,
development, or cultural heritage.
Since joining the U of M in 1976, Hyland has received 30 major honors. His research
interests include neighborhood revitalization, community building, social entrepreneurship,
and economic development. He has been involved in major community initiatives throughout
Shelby County, including Uptown, the University District, College Park, and Lakeland.
“Stan Hyland is truly deserving of the Solon T. Kimball Award,” said Dr. Linda Bennett,
professor of anthropology and associate dean of graduate programs and research for
the College of Arts & Sciences. “He will receive the award for his dedication to addressing
economic and social inequalities in the Mid-South. Stan’s work as a faculty member
at the University of Memphis has unquestionably contributed to ‘the development of
anthropology as applied sciences’ and has had ‘important impact on public policy’
as the award announcement stipulates.”