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Daniel Hruschka, a 1991 graduate of Ada High School and son of Peter and Judy Hruschka of Ada, was recently honored at Arizona State University (ASU) where he is an Assistant Professor in The School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
He received the University Young Investigator award for defining edge research and creative work. The citation read: “Dr. Hruschka has been called the most exciting young cultural anthropologist in the world for his trailblazing scholarship that spans the fields of anthropology, mathematics and epidemiology. While the scope of his work is extraordinarily wide – ranging from public health research on topics like obesity and vaccine acceptance, to fascinating multidisciplinary and cross-cultural study of friendship, to a large collaborative multi-country investigation into human virtue – its singular and very powerful point is the question: When does culture matter for decision-making?
His teaching was also recognized by being recipient of his School’s Teaching Excellence Award.
His research on how virtues enter into decision-making in different cultures was supported by a grant from the Templeton Foundation and is being showcased in an interactive exhibit called “Choosing the Good” at the Anthropology Museum at ASU. More information can be found online at USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/USCP/PNI/-Valley%20&%20State/2012-03-02-PNI0302met-museum-exhibitPNIBrd_ST_U.htm. He has recently been awarded a five-year Career Young Investigator Grant from the National Science Foundation to continue these studies and will be conducting the research in Bangladesh.
He lives in Phoenix with his wife and three young daughters.