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The 2011 Midwest Archaeological Conference, Inc. (MAC) Distinguished
Career Award has been conferred upon Curator and Professor William A.
Lovis of the Michigan State University Museum and Department of

The annual award recognizes a senior archaeologist who has
participated in archaeology for a substantial part of their career,
and who has through their work demonstrated excellence, and
contributed significantly and regularly to the advancement of
Midwestern archaeology.

The Distinguished Career Award is the highest honor conferred by MAC
and recognizes someone with a lifetime commitment to Midwestern
archaeology and their achievement in areas such as research,
publication, collection and site preservation, program development,
and education. The Midwest Archaeological Conference is a scholarly

professional organization spanning over a dozen U.S. states and

Canadian provinces across the midcontinent of North America. Lovis is
the fifth recipient of the award since its inauguration.

Lovis is Curator of Anthropology at the MSU Museum and Professor of
Anthropology in the College of Social Science. Through his teaching,
research, and field work, he is core MSU faculty in the American Indian

Studies Program, Canadian Studies Centre, and the Center for European
Russian and East Asian Studies, is a member of the Quaternary Research
Interest Group, and is affiliated with the Environmental Science Policy
Program. Lovis has served as Associate Director for Natural and Social
Science Research at the MSU Museum, and Assistant Chair of The Department
of Anthropology, and recently was President of the Midwest Archaeological

Conference, where he also served as editor of theMidcontinental Journal

of Archaeology. A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Lovis has previously been
recognized for his contributions by the Society for American Archaeology,
U.S. Department of Justice, and the Michigan Department of State Police,
and has testified before the U.S. Congress on policy. An internationally
recognized scholar, Lovis is the author of numerous publications, and is

a co-editor of the 2011Information and its Role in Hunter-Gatherer Bands

published by Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at University California Los