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CAS professor awarded Distinguished Lifetime Award

TAMPA, Fla. – The Society for Applied Anthropology honored University of South Florida professor Alvin W. Wolfe, Ph.D. for his career and professional contributions. The society honored Wolfe on March 21, 2014, with a Distinguished Lifetime Award, the second award of its kind to be recognized in the association’s 70 years.

The society’s president, Roberto Alvarez, acknowledged much of Wolfe’s professional accomplishments. Wolfe, a distinguished university professor emeritus, started at USF in 1974 and served nine years as director of graduate programs for the Department of Anthropology.

Wolfe was also coordinator of internships in the department’s innovative graduate program in applied anthropology. The Applied Anthropology Internship Project was awarded a five-year training grant from the National Institute for Mental Health, which allowed the training of anthropologists to apply their talents in planning and implementing community mental health programs.

Throughout his career, Wolfe maintained active in not only the Society for Applied Anthropology, but also in the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as president for the Society of Urban Anthropology and the Southern Anthropological Society.

While at USF in 1981, Wolfe collaborated with Russell Bernard of the University of Florida in founding the Sun Belt Social Network Conference. With the help of Professor Berry Wellman of the University of Toronto, the conference grew into the well-respected International Network of Social Network Analysis.

Also in the 1980s, Wolfe worked with other USF faculty under the leadership of Gilbert Kushner to establish the nation’s first graduate program in applied anthropology at USF.


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Author: Melissa Moreno