Washington D.C. -- Michael Rosbash, PhD, of Brandeis University has been awarded the distinction of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
This year 471 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, 16 February from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Fellows Forum during the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.
This year's AAAS Fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 26 October 2007.
As part of the biology section, Michael Rosbash was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to our understanding of mechanisms responsible for RNA splicing and circadian rhythms.
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.
Each Steering Group then 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.
About Brandeis University
Characterized by academic excellence since its founding in 1948, Brandeis is one of the country's youngest private research universities and the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the nation. Named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the University combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college.
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