Drs. Michael A. Grusak and Jeffrey M. Rosen of Baylor College of Medicine have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers.
This year 347 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Grusak, professor of pediatrics at Baylor and the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, was selected for discoveries about the production and accumulation of essential nutrients in plants and their bioavailability in human nutrition and for leadership in his professional societies. Rosen, distinguished service professor of molecular and cellular biology and a member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, was selected for distinguished contributions to the field of mammary gland biology and breast cancer and for training a generation of students and fellows.
The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected.
Each steering group reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.
The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.