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Oct. 25, 2007
Contact: Brendan M. Lynch, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

KU researchers honored as fellows by world’s largest science society

LAWRENCE — Two prominent researchers at the University of Kansas have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for breakthroughs that have pushed forward scientific understanding. The recognition was announced in this week’s issue of Science magazine.

Jerome E. Dobson, professor of geography at KU, won the distinction for his “diverse work on geographic information systems, advanced remote sensing and large-area change analysis, as well as for exemplary editorial and administrative work in geography,” according to AAAS.

Adrian L. Melott, professor of physics and astronomy at KU, was recognized for “distinguished contributions to cosmological large-scale structure, for organizing public support for teaching evolution and for interdisciplinary research on astrophysical impacts on the biosphere,” the association said.

In February, Dobson and Melott will receive a certificate and gold rosette pin at the Fellows Forum during the 2008 AAAS annual meeting in Boston.

“It is indeed a great honor to be one of two geographers named as AAAS fellows this year,” Dobson said. “I sincerely appreciate this recognition and hold in highest regard all previous fellows who have carried geography’s torch in the association.”

“I’m pleased to receive this honor,” said Melott. “I’m especially glad that they chose to mention my recent multidisciplinary work. Research that doesn’t fit into the usual pigeonholes is often overlooked. I also want to stress that this wouldn’t have been possible without my research group, which includes people in a variety of places around KU and at other institutions.”

The AAAS rank of fellow, established in 1874, is granted when a steering group, three existing fellows or the CEO of the association nominates a member. Nominations are vetted and forwarded to the AAAS Council, comprised of the society’s president, board of directors, section chairs, member delegates and two representatives from the National Academy of Science.

The group honors fellows “because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”

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