Young Wins Mead Award
Faculty Fellow Sera Young (NS) is the 2013 winner of the prestigious Margaret Mead Award. The annual prize, awarded jointly by the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association, recognizes a younger scholar for a book or other accomplishment that interprets anthropological data and principles for a broad public.
Young’s 2011 book Craving Earth: Understanding Pica describes the disorder pica: a craving for nonfoods such as soil, chalk, starch, and ice. The book explains how eating nonfood substances affects the human body and surveys reports of pica over 2,000 years and hundreds of cultures.