*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.

 

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