November 28, 2017 by
Susan Wallace, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (Photo: LCoM Creative Services)
Susan Wallace, Ph.D., professor and chair of microbiology and molecular genetics at the Larner College of Medicine and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
The 2017 AAAS Fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 24, 2017.
This year, 396 members were 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 February 17, 2018 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
As part of the Section on Biological Sciences, Wallace was elected as an AAAS Fellow for leadership and highly significant advances in radiation biology, and for dedication as a scientist, educator and mentor.
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.
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.
(This article was adapted from a press release produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.)