By Doug Ramsey, 858-822-5825, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Diego, CA, May 6, 2008 -- The UC San Diego professor who is spearheading Calit2's efforts in digital archaeology, Tom Levy, is among seven UCSD scholars named to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Levy is a professor of anthropology at UC San Diego where he holds the Norma Kershaw Endowed Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Neighboring Lands. He is also associate director for Calit2's Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3).
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences honors the country's leaders in scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs. New members will be formally welcomed into the Academy at an Induction Ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 11, 2008. Founded in 1780, the Academy annually elects individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large. The 2008 class of 190 new Fellows is made up of scholars, scientists, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders.
Levy's forthcoming book, Masters of Fire , will be published this summer, and will be the subject of a CISA3 exhibition at UCSD's Geisel Library from October 2008 through January 2009. The book and exhibit showcased Levy's ethno-archaeological work with hereditary bronze casters in Swamimalai, a small town on the banks of the Kaveri river in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The DAAHL project, with Stephen Savage of Arizona State University, brings together more than 30 archaeologists and experts in information technology from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, as well as public and private groups able and willing to contribute to the effort.
Ultimately, CISA3 hopes to develop the Holy Land atlas as the fi rst ‘node’ in a network spanning the entire Mediterranean basin. If successful, the DAAHL could also become a prototype for similar efforts to document and study the archaeological record in other parts of the globe, including India, China, Africa and the Americas. In short, this CISA3 project aims
to demonstrate the transformative power of cyberinfrastructure for archaeological and historical studies around the Mediterranean region.
Joining Levy among the UCSD faculty named as Fellows of the Academy in 2008: the UCSD School of Medicine's Larry Goldstein, Harvey Karten, Richard D. Kolodner and Samuel Rapoport; economist Roger Gordon; and David Sandwell from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.