Professor Emeritus Brian Fagan received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF) in December 2017. Prof. Fagan traveled to Shanghai to accept this award.
Professor Amber VanDerwarker and Associate Professor Greg Wilson's work "Warfare, Drought and Agriculture: Coping with Conflict and Food Security" was selected for the 2017 SAF Research Award. Prof. VanDerwarker traveled to Shanghai to present the work and receive the award in December 2017 as well.
The SAF Selection Committee reviewed 91 valid nominations made to the third Shanghai Archaeology Forum. The Selection Committee consists of 30 top experts representing different regions in the world . A procedure of two rounds of assessment and adjudication was adopted, emphasizing the principles of excellence and impartiality. First, each Selection Committee member assessed the nominations independently. A total of 40 nominations (20 for each category - Field Discovery Award and Research Award) were shortlisted based on average scores calculated from the assessments provided by 28 Selection Committee members. Second, each Selection Committee member was asked to independently adjudicate all short-listed nominations. Ten nominations for each category of Field Discovery and Research with the highest rankings have been selected for the final list of 2017 SAF Awards Program. In addition, two final nominations for Research Award were adjusted for the new category “Distinguished Service Award.”
See also the article in the UCSB Current.