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A.T. Steegmann, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Steegmann has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of anthropology

In 2012, Dr. A.T. Steegmann was honored with the Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award from the HBA.

    NEW YORK, NY, January 24, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present A.T. Steegmann, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Steegmann celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Having attained the distinguished title of a professor emeritus after nearly more than 40 years of service at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, Dr. Steegmann officially retired in 2005. During his career on campus, he held the roles of an assistant, associate and full professor within the department of anthropology at the college of arts and sciences, and found success as the department chairman between 1974 and 2004. Dr. Steegmann previously maintained activity at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he was an instructor and assistant professor in the department of anthropology from 1964 until 1966.

Dr. Steegmann has been recognized as one of the world's leading researchers on the biology of cold adaptation among contemporary and prehistoric populations. His four decades of study have also greatly improved the understanding of how humans adapt to other extreme environmental stressors such as under-nutrition, hard physical work and toxic substances. Much of his research has involved field investigation of predictive biological-behavioral models in Alaska, Hawaii, northern Canada, China, the Philippines and Western New York, particularly Love Canal. A neighborhood in Niagara Falls, Love Canal was infamously known as the location of a 70-acre landfill that became the cause of a massive environmental pollution disaster harming the health of hundreds of residents, which culminated in an extensive Superfund cleanup operation.

As a published writer, Dr. Steegmann most notably authored the "History of Love Canal and UB's Response: History, the University Role and Health Research" in the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal's 2000-2001 edition, which was published on the 20th anniversary of the Love Canal scandal. He has likewise contributed articles to several other scholarly journals, including the American Journal of Human Biology, which is the official journal of the Human Biology Association (HBA), and served as the editor of the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology from 1992 to 1997, as well as the editor of "Boreal Forest Adaptations" in 1983. In 2006, Dr. Steegmann was honored to deliver the Raymond Pearl Memorial Lecture where he presented an overview of his pioneering research on human adaptation to cold stress. The Raymond Pearl Memorial Lecture was notably established in 1983 by the HBA to honor one of the great human biologists of the 20th century.

An alumnus of the University of Kansas, Dr. Steegmann acquired a Bachelor of Arts in 1958. Shortly thereafter, he received both a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan in 1961 and 1965, respectively. Dr. Steegmann is a fellow and past president of the biological anthropology section of the American Anthropological Association. He is a past president of the HBA, and a former chairman of the anthropology section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Additionally, he is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Society for the Study of Human Biology.

Securing several grants from the National Science Foundation between 1967 and 1991, Dr. Steegmann later received a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from SUNY in 1989. In 2012, he was honored with the Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award from the HBA. Franz Boas was notably the founder of modern anthropology and the father of American anthropology who gave modern anthropology its rigorous scientific methodology, patterned after the natural sciences, and originated the notion of culture as learned behaviors. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Steegmann has been showcased in the 44th through 50th editions of Who's Who in America.

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