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DATE: July 19, 2004

Barry Bogin named Stirton Professor at UM-Dearborn

DEARBORN---Barry Bogin, professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has been appointed to the William E. Stirton Professorship.

The appointment for a five-year non-renewable term, which begins Sept. 1, was approved by the U-M Regents at their July meeting. The professorship recognizes faculty members for "truly distinguished scholarship, teaching and professional activity."

William E. Stirton was the first chancellor of the UM-Dearborn campus, and the professorship was established in 1977 "as a tribute to a distinguished educator and administrator who was an inspiration to students and faculty while at UM-Dearborn," according to the Regents memo on the appointment.

Bogin is a physical anthropologist and the author of a leading text in the field titled The Growth of Humanity, published in 2001. His research has been published in leading scholarly journals, and has also been covered by mainstream news media, including the New Yorker and the New York Times.

Most recently, Bogin has studied physical development among Maya children in Guatemala and in the United States, research with significant implications in international health issues, especially in childhood obesity.

Bogin received his bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctorate in anthropology from Temple University. He joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1982 and received tenure in 1985.

He served as chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences from 1998 to 2001, and received the campus's Distinguished Research Award in 1993, the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998, and the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards in 1999.

"UM-Dearborn is privileged to benefit from Professor Bogin's efforts and accomplishments in successfully fostering our mission to serve students, the campus and the community through his distinguished teaching, research and service," according to Robert Simpson, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

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