Downey Family Award for Faculty Excellence

The Downey Family Award for Faculty Excellence was established in 2004 by Marea and Marlan Downey to encourage and facilitate faculty advancement in Earth Sciences and Anthropology at SMU, consistned with the mission of ISEM.  The award, in the amount of $5000, has no restrictions on its use.  Marlan Downey is a form ISEM Board Trustee.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

2004
Dr. Bonnie F. Jacobs, Environmental Sciences
Dr. C. Garth Sampson, Anthroppology

2005
Dr. Neil J. Tabor, Geological Sciences

2006
Dr. Torben Rick, Anthropology

2007
Dr. Neil J. Tabor, Geological Sciences

2010
Dr. Brigitte Kovacevich, Anthropology

2011
Dr. Sunday B. Eiselt, Anthropology

2012
Dr. Christopher I. Roos, Anthropology

2013
Dr. Heather DeShon, Earth Sciences

2014
Dr. Maria Beatrice Magnani, Earth Sciences

 


Dr. Brigitte Kovacevich initiated the Holtun Archaeological Project in the central lakes region of Petén, Guatemala.  This site is the focus of a five-year investigation of the rise of social inequality in the Maya lowlands, including its underlying causes and the demographic and political collapse of this society in AD 150-250.