*Dennis Slice is the 2017 recipient of the Rohlf Medal for Excellence in
Morphometric Methods and Applications *
Over the course of three decades Dennis E. Slice, Professor of Scientific
Computing at Florida State University (Tallahassee), has contributed in
many crucial ways to the development, dissemination and innovative
application of today's best morphometric methods. His early articles and
reviews helped teach biologists about Procrustes analysis and its
differences from other approaches beginning well before his actual
doctorate was awarded. More recently, he and his students have advanced
novel landmark-free methods for analysis of 3D image data with important
applications in areas such as forensic anthropology that academic
biologists rarely explore. Along the way, he has developed 20 open source
software packages that are widely used for morphometric analysis across the
full range of his application fields.
Slice’s contributions to the dissemination of morphometric methods include
influential surveys, edited volumes, and symposia. Particularly important
are the dozens of courses and scores of workshops through which he has
expanded our morphometrics community. Another major contribution is his
commitment to the continuing advancement of this community's collective
skills and influence through his expansion and moderation of the
community's main web-based news outlet and question forum, Morphmet.
Slice’s work has expanded the range of valid applications of morphometric
methods. His extensive publication record includes innovative and diverse
applications of morphometrics in, among other fields, orthodontics,
evolutionary biology, biomedical engineering, paleoanthropology,
evolutionary psychology, protective clothing design, and marine biology.
His funding sources are likewise diverse, ranging well beyond the usual
list of sponsors of basic research to such institutions as the National
Institute of Justice and the U. S. Army.
The 2017 Rohlf Medal will be presented to Prof. Slice on October 24, 2017
at Stony Brook University. Afterwards, he will present a lecture (title to
be announced). Previous recipients of the Rohlf Medal are Fred Bookstein
(University of Vienna), Paul O'Higgins (University of York), and Benedikt
Hallgrimsson (University of Calgary).
Click here <http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/morph/RohlfMedal/travel.html> for
notes on travel and accommodations if you plan to attend.
MORPHMET may be accessed via its webpage at http://www.morphometrics.org
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