Dr. Robert Chapman of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon Association members by their peers.
This year the American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded 471 members this honor, 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. 16, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Fellows Forum during the 2008 American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston.
Chapman was elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow for distinguished contributions to the emerging, interdisciplinary fields of marine eco-genomics and oceans and human health, and to the development of the Hollings Marine Laboratory.
The tradition of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows began in 1874. Members currently 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 Association members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the Association’s chief executive officer.
Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the American Association for the Advancement of Science Council, which votes on the aggregate list.
The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the American Association for the Advancement of Science 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.
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