LSU Professors John Fleeger and Robert Lipton have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS.
This year's LSU fellows are:
John W. Fleeger, professor emeritus in LSU's College of Science:
for distinguished contributions in the field of marine benthic ecology, particularly for meiofaunal ecology, molecular taxonomy and harpacticoid copepods and ecotoxicology.
Robert P. Lipton, Shirley Blue Barton Professor of Mathematics in the College of Science:
for contributions to the theory of multi-scale simulation, modeling and the physics of media with microstructure.
Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year, 388 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. 15, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
This year's AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 29.
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.
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