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Anthropology professor honored for commitment to ethics and education

From a UNT News Service press release

Beverly Davenport

Beverly Davenport

Beverly Davenport, assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded the Ruth Benedict Global Citizenship Award by the national organization Center for a Public Anthropology.

The award, named in honor of one of the 20th century's most prominent anthropologists, recognizes Davenport's participation with students in promoting ethics in anthropology, and for her wider activities in the field's public sphere.

"Beverly Davenport, throughout her years of teaching, has in my view done a wonderful job of broadening the perspectives of students and getting them engaged in the world's problems -- like Ruth Benedict. That is why she deserves this award," says Rob Borofsky, director of Center for a Public Anthropology.

Davenport is among less than 1 percent of anthropology faculty across North America to receive the award. She specializes in the anthropology and social epidemiology of chronic disease in the United States. Her most recent research project examined factors influencing middle school children's cafeteria selections. She is currently writing a book on practices of hypertension management of San Francisco transit operators. The underlying theme in all her research is a search for the social basis of human behavioral change.

"I feel deeply honored that Rob chose me for this award," Davenport says. "I've been practicing this work for a long time, and have enjoyed seeing students get so involved in understanding and encouraging ethics in anthropology."

The Center for a Public Anthropology was founded in 2001 and aims to encourage academics to move toward an ethos of helping others through research.

Leslie Wimmer with UNT News Service can be reached at

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