Research projects

Two American institutes for recognized research projects

Arlington, Va., Feb. 17 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has had two projects recognized at the inaugural Anthem Awards, which recognize organizations and individuals working for social good across a variety of fields.

The National Survey of Public Education’s Response to COVID-19 was awarded Gold in the area of ​​Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Outreach Categories—Research Projects/Publications ). The survey was an AIR-funded initiative designed to better understand and document how public school districts and charter management organizations have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, including changes in teaching, leadership and support. Learn more about the survey.

Methods of Extremely Rapid Observation of Nutritional Status (MERON) received silver recognition in the field of innovation in humanitarian action and services (category product, innovation or service). MERON, developed by Kimetrica, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIR, uses artificial intelligence and deep learning technology to map facial features from photos and quickly detect malnutrition in children under five years. Learn more about MERON.

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition and thank the Anthem Awards for honoring the good work done by organizations around the world,” said Makini Nyanteh, AIR Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs. “The winning projects are just two examples of AIR’s mission-driven work to generate and use rigorous evidence to create a better and more equitable world.”

“It is our honor to recognize the work that brands, organizations and individuals all do to create impact in their community,” said Jessica Lauretti, General Manager of Anthem Awards. “We launched this platform to show the world that all aspects of our culture, from sports and entertainment to business leaders and celebrities, are all standing up to say it’s time for systemic change and that social good is what we value as a society.”

The winners of the Anthem Awards, an initiative of the Webby Awards, were selected by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and will be celebrated at the first annual Anthem Voices Conference and at a star-studded virtual awards show Monday, February 28, 2022.

About AIR
Established in 1946, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and provides technical assistance nationally and internationally in the areas of education, health and labor. AIR’s work is driven by its mission to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better and more equitable world. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, AIR has offices in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit

About Anthem Awards
The Anthem Awards, the newest initiative of the Webby Awards, was developed to recognize the breadth of social work (online and offline) around the world by honoring organizations, brands and people who create lasting impact; including diversity, equity and inclusion; education, art and culture; Health; human and civil rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and sustainability, environment and climate. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards set a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. Founded in partnership with Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, GLAAD, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF and XQ.

About Webby Awards
Hailed as “the Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards are the leading international awards organization recognizing excellence on the Internet, including websites; Video; Advertising, media and public relations; applications, mobile and voice; Social; podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, the Webby Awards this year received more than 13,500 nominations from 50 states and 70 countries around the world. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Webby Awards sponsors and partners include Verizon, WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Canva, NAACP, KPMG, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement and AIGA.