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Five faculty members elected AAAS fellows

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.

Cornell’s 2019 AAAS fellows:

  • Ronnie Coffman, the Andrew H. & James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor and director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was honored for his distinguished contributions to food security, including innovative research programs, support for women throughout science, and development of worldwide science communication programs.
  • 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.
  • Cédric Feschotte, professor of molecular biology and genetics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was chosen for his distinguished contributions to the fields of genomics and evolutionary biology, particularly for illuminating the impact of mobile genetic elements in evolution.
  • Catherine Kling, the Tisch University Professor of Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, was recognized for her distinguished contributions to understanding the trade-offs between complex natural resource and economic systems, and for her contributions to scientific policy.
  • 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.

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