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Five Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

The association elected 443 new fellows in 2019, honoring their efforts to advance research and its applications in scientifically or socially distinguished ways. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin at the AAAS annual meeting, Feb. 15, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.

The 2019 CALS AAAS fellows:

A headshot of Catherine Kling

The Tisch University Professor of Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Recognized for her distinguished contributions to understanding the trade-offs between complex natural resource and economic systems, and for her contributions to scientific policy.

A headshot of Cedric Feschotte

Professor of molecular biology and genetics

Chosen for his distinguished contributions to the fields of genomics and evolutionary biology, particularly for illuminating the impact of mobile genetic elements in evolution.

A headshot of Ronnie Coffman

The Andrew H. & James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor and director of International Programs

Honored for his distinguished contributions to food security, including innovative research programs, support for women throughout science, and development of worldwide science communication programs.

Other Cornell 2019 AAAS fellows:

  • Matthew DeLisa, the William L. Lewis Professor of Engineering in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was recognized for solving complex problems in biology and medicine by engineering the protein machinery of bacteria.
  • J. Ritchie Patterson, professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, was honored for her leadership, particularly as the director of the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences and Education (CLASSE), a multidisciplinary center serving researchers from across the country and around the world.

This article also appeared in the Cornell Chronicle. 

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