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Moerman, Daniel | University of Michigan-Dearborn Archives

Name: Moerman, Daniel
Variant Name: Dan Moerman

Historical Note:

Daniel E. Moerman, professor of anthropology in the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences and Letters was named professor emeritus by the UM Regents at their May [2005] meeting. He retired in April [2005].

As the recipient of numerous federal grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and other agencies, Moerman’s research focused on Native American medical ethnobotany, food plants of Native America, and cross-cultural analysis of the placebo effect. He is the author of many scholarly articles, chapters and books. His seminal works include Native American Ethnobotany, which received the Annual Literature Awards of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries in 2000; Placebo Effects in Medical Care, and Meaning Medicine and the ‘Placebo Effect.’

Moerman received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the U-M Ann arbor campus. In 1965 he was a staff archeologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s River Basin Surveys, and an instructor at Antioch College form 1967 to 1970.

He joined the M-Dearborn faculty in 1975 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1979 and professor in 1985. He was the William E. Stirton Professor of Anthropology from 1994 to 1999.

Prof. Moerman has an outstanding record of service to the University,” noted the Regents. “During his tenure, he served as chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee on Campus Affairs, chair of the faculty Senate and chair of the University Relations Advisory Committee.” [Reporter June 13, 2005]

Professor Moerman donated this material to the archives in 2007.

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