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American Association for Advancement of Science selects 2 NYU faculty as Fellows

New York University

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has selected two New York University faculty as 2011 Fellows: Zlatko Bacic and Michael Ward, both professors in NYU's Department of Chemistry.

"These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished," AAAS announced.

Bacic, who does work in theoretical and computational chemistry, was recognized "for distinguished contributions" in creating computer models of how small molecules interact, with particular attention to how these molecules behave in clusters and in tiny cavities.

Ward, who chairs NYU's Department of Chemistry and directs its Molecular Design Institute and Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, was cited "for distinguished contributions to solid state chemistry and materials science, service as an editor of Chemistry of Materials, and director of two NSF-supported research centers."

This year 539 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS. New Fellows will be honored on February 18, 2012 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver.



New York University, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, was established in 1831 and is one of America's leading research universities. It is one of the largest private universities, it has one of the largest contingents of international students, and it sends more students to study abroad than any other college or university in the U.S. Through its 18 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and dramatic arts, music, public administration, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.

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