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An international jury composed of Michael Crawford (University of Kansas, USA), Dennis O'Rourke (University of Utah, USA), and Stephen Shennan (University College London, UK) has awarded the Gabriel Ward Lasker Prize 2011 to Dr. Laura Fortunato for her articles entitled "Reconstructing the History of Residence Strategies in Indo-European–Speaking Societies" and "Reconstructing the History of Marriage Strategies in Indo-European–Speaking Societies" considered as the best contribution to the 83rd volume of Human Biology (2011).

Laura Fortunato is an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from University College London in 2009; her doctoral research focused on the evolution of kinship and marriage systems. In particular, she has investigated the evolution of marriage strategies, wealth transfers at marriage, residence strategies, and inheritance strategies. Laura's current research activities apply conceptual and methodological tools developed in evolutionary biology to a diverse range of topics in anthropology, from matrilineal kinship organization to cultural evolution.