David J. Meltzer, the Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory in Anthropology, has for three decades studied the origins, antiquity and adaptations of the first Americans, who arrived at the end of the Ice Age. For his achievements in original scientific research, he recently was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded a scientist in the United States.

Meltzer’s latest book, First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America (2009, University of California Press) appeared the same week he was elected. Meltzer, who joined SMU’s Anthropology Department in 1984 and serves as its chair, was appointed to the Henderson-Morrison chair in 2002. He also is director of the QUEST Archaeological Research endowment.

Hugh Russell Morrison, Jr. ’49 and William Owen Henderson established the Henderson-Morrison endowment at SMU in 1974.

“Endowed chairs are the most prestigious faculty positions in Dedman College,” says Peter K. Moore, dean ad interim of Dedman College. “They provide important leadership through their research, as well as by mentoring junior faculty, raising significant funding and teaching.”

SMU is seeking additional endowments in support of faculty chairs. To learn about supporting Dedman College, please contact Courtney Lee Corwin at 214-768-2691 or ccorwin@smu.edu.