American Association for the Advancement of Science elects Neotropical Primatologist Marilyn A. Norconk

Emeritus Professor Marilyn Norconk, PhD has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (

This year 396 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. This year's AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 24 November 2017.

 As part of the Anthropology section, Norconk was elected as an AAAS Fellow for her distinguished contributions to the field of primate feeding ecology, particularly in the areas of food choice and nutritional and mechanical properties of foods.

Dr. Norconk is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a distinguished primatologist that is recognized as an international expert in her field. Dr. Norconk received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles and joined Kent State University as an Assistant Professor in 1992. She retired in 2016, and continues to serve the university and profession as an Emeritus Professor and Fulbright Scholar. From 1988 until 2002, Dr. Norconk's primary field site was in Venezuela, where she engaged in studies of primate behavior and ecology while mentoring students from Kent State University, City University of New York, Universidad Central, Caracas, Venezuela, and Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela. In 2003, Dr. Norconk established a new field research program on the behavioral and ecological research of wild primates in Suriname. Most recently, she has been in residence at Anton de Kom University in Paramaribo, Suriname as a Fulbright Scholar (see Suriname Forest Fragments Project).   

Dr. Norconk has published more than fifty papers and book chapters, four edited volumes, and a human evolution laboratory textbook. She served as President for the American Society of Primatologists from 2014-16, is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and will join the editorial board of the American Journal of Primatology in January. She was named Distinguished Primatologist by the Midwest Primate Interest Group in 2014, an organization that she helped found. Dr. Norconk has been very active in the scientific community and has spearheaded efforts in primate conservation and teaching nationally and  internationally. 

At Kent State, Norconk joins Drs. Paul DiCorleto (Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs), C. Owen Lovejoy (Anthropology) and David Riccio (Psychological Sciences) as AAAS elected Fellows.

The new elected Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on February 17, 2018 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Official announcement by AAAS

To learn more about Dr. Norconk, follow this link.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 8:59am
UPDATED: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 2:46pm