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AAS Members Among 2017 Class of AAAS Fellows

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:17

The following is adapted from a press release:

Members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have elected 396 AAAS Fellows for 2017, honoring them for their contributions to science and technology, scientific leadership, and extraordinary achievements across disciplines.

The accomplishments of the new Fellows will be celebrated at the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting, convening 15-19 February in Austin, Texas, under the theme "Advancing Science: Discovery to Application." At the Annual Meeting, the new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 17 February 2018, at the AAAS Fellows Forum.

Among the newly elected AAAS Fellows are nine AAS members:

  • Amy J. Barger, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Stefi Alison Baum, University of Manitoba (Canada)
  • Karen S. Bjorkman, University of Toledo
  • Edna DeVore, SETI Institute
  • Steven Robert Federman, University of Toledo
  • Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins University
  • Donald Q. Lamb, Jr., University of Chicago
  • Wilton Turner Sanders III, NASA Headquarters
  • Terry L. Schalk, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ethan J. Schreier, Associated Universities, Inc.

Congratulations, all! (If you’re on the list of new AAAS Fellows for 2017 and we overlooked you, please send me an email so I can add your name here.)

The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. To be considered for the rank of AAAS Fellow, nominees must have been continuous AAAS members by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected. Fellows must be nominated by one of the steering groups of the Association's 24 sections; by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (as long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution); or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Steering groups review the nominations of individuals within their respective sections and send a final list of nominees to the AAAS Council for a vote. As the policymaking body for AAAS, the Council is chaired by the AAAS president and consists of members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

Richard Tresch Fienberg
AAS Press Officer
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