Photo: Owen Egan
Photo: Owen Egan

McGill’s Margaret Lock and Vicky Kaspi have been voted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the United States. As announced on April 22, the pair are part of a 2015 cohort that includes some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

“McGill congratulates Professors Lock and Kaspi on this very prestigious honour, given to the most influential and innovative thought-leaders and in the arts and sciences,” said Rosie Goldstein, Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations). “Professor Lock’s scholarship in anthropology of medicine and biomedical technologies, and Professor Kaspi’s research about pulsars, neutron stars and magnetars exemplifies the academic excellence and vision that enriches our university and society in general.”

Lock is the Marjorie Bronfman Professor Emerita in Social Studies in Medicine, and is affiliated with the Department of Social Studies of Medicine and the Department of Anthropology at McGill.

A cultural anthropologist with a particular interest in anthropology of the body in health and illness, Lock is regarded as one of the most distinguished and productive medical anthropologists of her generation. She researches the relationship between emerging medical knowledge and its implementation and socioeconomic, cultural and political variables. Lock has received numerous, prestigious national and international awards, including the Canada Council’s Molson Prize, the Killam Prize for the Social Sciences, and the SSHRC Gold Medal for research.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 10, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Congratulations Professor Lock!

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