Outstanding Public Service Award

2019 Public Service winner Laurie Rush 

Award Criteria
The Outstanding Public Service Award recognizes exceptional contributions that promote public understanding of, interest in, and support for archaeology and the preservation of the archaeological record.

Individuals, organizations, institutions, or corporations may be nominated to receive the Public Service Award. Individuals need not be members of the AIA. At the discretion of the reviewing committee, the award may or may not be presented annually.

Nominations may be made by any AIA member or AIA committee. They should include a detailed statement of the candidate's contributions meriting recognition in a form suitable for use in a citation.

The Cultural Heritage Committee will review nominations and make a recommendation for the award. They will submit their decision for approval by the Governing Board at its fall meeting.

Due Date for Nomination
Completed nominations should be received by Institute Headquarters at the below address no later than April 1, 2019, for the award to be presented at the following Annual Meeting.

Please send all nomination materials to:

Outstanding Public Service Award
Atten: Awards Department
Archaeological Institute of America
44 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (857) 305-9360
Email: awards@archaeological.org


2019 Outstanding Public Service Award: Laurie Rush 

Award Citation:

The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present the 2019 Outstanding Public Service Award to Dr. Laurie W. Rush.

A 2011 Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Rush serves as Native American Affairs Liaison for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. There she oversees the U.S. Army’s legal obligations to protect cultural resources on over 100,000 acres of military land, including archaeological sites, historic villages, and farmsteads.

Dr. Rush has promoted cultural heritage preservation in three important ways: by advocating for dialogue between military and academic stakeholders, by advancing military policies to protect cultural property, and by developing training programs in heritage for deploying military personnel.

Dr. Rush has also helped reform NATO policies for the protection of cultural heritage, including preparing a civil-military cooperation document that will guide future efforts about heritage preservation and better protect the world’s cultural heritage from accidental and deliberate destruction in the event of armed conflict.

For her tireless advocacy with the U.S. military and NATO, as well as her work in bringing together archaeologists and military personnel to protect the world’s cultural heritage, The Archaeological Institute of America is delighted to award Dr. Laurie Rush the 2019 Outstanding Public Service Award.

Past Winners of the Outstanding Public Service Award

2018 Bonnie Magness-Gardiner
2017 Jessica S. Johnson
2016 Cindy Ho
2015 Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
2014 Corine Wegener
2013 David W. Packard
2012 David Gill
2011 Stefano de Caro
2010 Diane Siebrandt
2009 John Noble Wilford
2008 Francis P. McManamon
2007 Wolf-Dieter Heilmeyer
2005 John Russell
2004 He Shuzhong
2003 Lyndel Prott
2002 Nancy Bookidis and Charles K. Williams, II
1998 Walter V. Robinson

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