Tracy Betsinger Wins Siegfried Prize

November 29th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

Dr. Tracy Betsinger

Dr. Tracy Betsinger, assistant professor of Anthropology at SUNY Oneonta, has been awarded the 2012 Richard Siegfried Junior Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence. Betsinger will deliver the 18th annual Richard Siegfried Lecture, “Vampire and Myth: Views of the Undead from Historical and Bioarchaeological Perspectives,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center.

Admission to the event is free, and community members are invited to attend the presentation and the dessert reception that precedes it at 7 p.m.

Betsinger joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 2008. She completed a B.A. in Anthropology and Indian Studies at the University of North Dakota, a B.S. in Biology at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, an M.A. at the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. Prior to coming to SUNY Oneonta, Betsinger held a post-doctoral research position with the Global History of Health Project, based at The Ohio State University. She plans to continue her association with this collaborative, international effort to reinterpret the history of human health in Europe from the late Paleolithic era to the early 20th century.

Betsinger’s research interests include bioarchaeology, paleopathology, skeletal biology and the effects of gender, social status and settlement patterns on health and well-being of populations. In particular, she is interested in disease, stress and deprivation, diet and warfare and trauma. Currently, Betsinger is involved in research on skeletal collections from prehistoric Tennessee, examining patterns of treponemal disease, oral health and overall health (with Dr. Maria O. Smith of Loyola University Chicago). In addition, she is involved in research focused on dental development and sexual dimorphism (with Dr. Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg and Dr. John Hunter of Ohio State.)

The Siegfried Prize recognizes a non-tenured faculty member for outstanding academic achievement outside the classroom. The award is made possible by gifts from alumni to the College at Oneonta Foundation in memory of theater Professor Richard K. Siegfried, who taught at the college from 1958 to 1995.