Congratulations to biological anthropologist and AAA member, Dr. Claudia Valeggia. The Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania will be honored with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers on October 14.
The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.
The work for which Valeggia received the PECASE award was funded by the National Science Foundation and involves a group of Toba indigenous women and girls living in the province of Formosa in Argentina. The ongoing project aims to better understand three key life transitions: the move from infancy to childhood, puberty and menopause. Valeggia and her colleagues take monthly measurements and other physiological data from the participants to chart physical changes in their lives.
Learn more about Dr. Valeggia’s work here.
Read the Presidential press release here.