Volume 43 | Number 2 | Spring 2013

Maschner Named as Fellow

Spring 2013 Issue

Herb Maschner

Herbert Maschner, director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History and Idaho State University professor of anthropology, 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. The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general scientific society.

"It is an incredible honor to be nominated by the leading scholars in the field of anthropology, and wonderful to be elected by the AAAS Council," Maschner said. "It is a sign that ISU is truly becoming a leader in scientific research."

Maschner joins newly appointed ISU Vice President for Research and Economic Development Howard Grimes, ISU Professor of Biological Sciences Terry Bowyer, University of Idaho Professor and IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Director Carolyn Bohach, UI Professor and Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Director Jean'ne Shreeve, and Boise State University Distinguished Research Fellow Vernard Yurke as one of six current faculty in Idaho's universities to be awarded this honor. J. Rogers, associate director of the Idaho National Laboratory, is also a Fellow of the AAAS.

Maschner, with more than 100 publications and nearly $8.2 million in research grants, was noted by the AAAS for his distinguished contributions to Alaska archaeology, archaeological method and theory, and to complex systems in archaeology.

This adds to his growing list of accolades. In 2006 Maschner was named Idaho State University Distinguished Researcher, in 2011 he was honored as the Idaho Academy of Science Distinguished Scientist, and in 2012 he was awarded the Idaho State Journal Business Person of the Year — Education.

He is also one of 12 archaeologists appointed to the National Science Foundation's Grand Challenges in Archaeology committee tasked to create a plan for the next 20 years of archaeology in the United States. As a result of his election as Fellow, the Society for American Archaeology, the largest society of archaeologists in the world, has appointed Maschner to be their representative to the AAAS.