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Steadman Upham Receives Posthumous Recognition



The University of Tulsa President Emeritus Steadman Upham has been posthumously elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Upham had been nominated by colleagues at Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University and The Field Museum of Natural History for the award, which is reserved for a “member whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished,” according to the association.

In July, however, the TU family was deeply saddened by Upham’s sudden passing.
This latest recognition speaks to his outstanding academic work in the field of anthropology and his dedication to his students, notes TU President Gerard Clancy.

“At TU, Stead was first and always a scholar who enjoyed exploring, discovering and learning about a myriad of topics and then sharing that knowledge with others. He was a renowned researcher on other continents and a beloved faculty member at other universities long before transitioning to leadership posts that led him to Tulsa. His contributions to scientific fields will be forever remembered thanks, in part, to this significant distinction.”

Upham’s family plans to attend the Fellows Forum in February to accept the AAAS certificate and rosette on his behalf. A complete list of this year’s honorees appears in the Nov. 24 edition of Science magazine.

Updated 12-15-2017

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