In October the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Human Biology (AJHB), the official publication of the Human Biology Association, transitioned to Lynnette Leidy Sievert (anthropology). She is an international expert on menopause and symptoms at midlife as aspects of human variation, as well as the evolution of menopause and post-reproductive life. Leidy Sievert is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and on the board of trustees for the North American Menopause Society. A member of the Human Biology Association since 1989, she is a past HBA Secretary/Treasurer.
Leidy Sievert has degrees in nursing, Spanish, and biological anthropology with a PhD from the University at Albany, SUNY, where she won a Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award. She has served on the faculty of UMass since 1993, and has lectured for the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, and for La Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico City.
Sievert's fieldwork on menopause has spanned the globe, including upstate New York; western Massachusetts; Puebla, Mexico; Asunción, Paraguay; the Selska Valley of Slovenia; Hilo, Hawaii; and Sylhet, Bangaldesh. A unifying theme has been the study of hot flashes during the menopausal transition through questionnaires, body diagrams, laboratory polygraphs, and ambulatory monitors. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Women's International Science Collaboration Program, the Faculty Research Grants program and the Center for Research on Families at UMass Amherst.
Leidy Sievert received the 2010-11 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Research from UMass Amherst, and the 2010 UMass Amherst Faculty Convocation Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity. She was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009. In 2008, she was given the Vasomotor Symptoms Research Award from the North American Menopause Society, and twice before won the North American Menopause Society Young Investigator Award. Sievert has received given the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award twice.
Leidy Sievert has served on the editorial boards of Menopause, journal of the North American Menopause Society, the American Journal of Human Biology, and the book series, Life Course, Culture, and Aging: Global Transformation. She also reviews for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Annals of Human Biology, Cimacteric, Maturitas, and the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. She is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Human Biology Association, and is currently an elected member of the North American Menopause Society Board of Trustees. In addition to her book,Menopause: A Biocultural Perspective (2006), Leidy Sievert is the author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
Leidy Sievert says she will follow in the path of Robert Malina who built AJHB, and Peter Ellison who refined it into one of the top journals in the field. The aims and scope of the publication will remain the same, with a focus on manuscripts that stress comparative, developmental, ecological, or evolutionary perspectives. Lil Knight will be the new editorial assistant, answering e-mails at AJHB@anthro.umass.edu.