Tarleton researcher elected American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

Dr. Bert Little

STEPHENVILLE (December 2, 2014) — Tarleton State University researcher and scientist Dr. Bert Little is one of eight people elected a fellow in the anthropology section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2014.

Little, associate vice president for research and grants, director of the Office of Sponsored Projects and executive director of the Center for Agribusiness Excellence (CAE) at Tarleton, will be honored at the February AAAS annual meeting under the theme “Innovations, Information, and Imaging” in San Jose, Calif.

Dr. Bert Little
Dr. Bert Little

At Tarleton, Little oversees the university’s efforts to obtain research grants and sponsored projects, which currently brings approximately $9 million per year to the university. Through the CAE, Little uses data mining of agriculture production, weather, soil and satellite data to detect fraud, waste and abuse in crop insurance programs, having saved the federal government more than $3 billion in the past 14 years.

The mission of the (CAE) is to provide research, training and resources for data warehousing and data mining of agribusiness and agriculture data to develop agribusiness decision support systems and agricultural risk management products that increase the integrity of the U.S. crop insurance program.

Little previously was elected a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, which is the world’s longest established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology.

Little earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Appalachian State University at age 19 through the Carnegie Corporation Accelerated Degree Program. He earned a master’s from Ball State University and his Ph.D. in physical anthropology and applied mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.

With the academic rank of professor of computer science and mathematics at Tarleton, Little is past Southwest Regional Director for Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, served on its board of directors and executive committee for three years, and chaired the strategic planning committee for five years and the nominations committee for six years.

AAAS, with more than 120,000 members, elected 401 AAAS Fellows for 2014, honoring them for their contributions to innovation, education and scientific leadership. Accomplishments of the new fellows will be celebrated as they are presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin.

The AAAS award notification cites Little “For distinguished contributions to biological anthropology in the field, clinical and applied settings, and the development and application of analytical techniques.”

The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

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