In 2018, AOS established a new service award meant to carry on the tradition of the Cooper Honorary Member Award, one of the oldest awards in ornithology. The new award is made in honor a senior ornithologist who has given extraordinary service to the AOS or its predecessor societies, the AOU and COS. The Executive Committee tasked the Service Awards Committee with recommending a name. After an extensive search, they choose to honor Dr. Peter Stettenheim. Peter’s service to ornithological societies was extensive. He was a Life Membership, Elective Member, and Fellow, Council Member, and Vice President of the AOU (2001-02). He was Editor of The Condor and Life Histories of the Birds of North America (a.k.a. BNA), Honorary Life Member of the Cooper Society; and Patron and Investing Trustee of the Wilson Ornithological Society. Peter was a well-respected expert on avian anatomy and functional morphology, but had a broad appreciation and interest in ornithology. Peter passed away in 2013, and was known by many of us as a kind and gentle giant.
The 2018 Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award is presented to Anna Chalfoun. Anna has had a distinguished record of service to our former ornithological societies over the past decade and now AOS. She served on the Miller Award Committee, the COS Nominations Committee in 2015, the Scientific Program Committee for the last NAOC, chaired the COS Student Awards Committee, COS President-Elect, the societies Merger Advisory Committee, and now is on AOS Council and our Conservation Committee.
In recognition of her outstanding and diverse service to the AOS and earlier ornithological societies, the society is proud to name Dr. Anna D. Chalfoun as the first recipient of the 2018 Peter R. Stettenheim Service Award.