UO's Snodgrass and Stevens elected as AAAS Fellows

EUGENE, Ore. — (Nov. 25, 2013) — J. Josh Snodgrass, a biological anthropologist, and Tom H. Stevens, a biochemist, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The two University of Oregon professors are among 388 fellows chosen by peers in the association because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

AAAS logoThis year's AAAS Fellows will be highlighted Nov. 29 in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science. They each will receive an official certificate and a gold-and-blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 15 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2014 AAAS annual meeting in Chicago.

Josh SnodgrassTom StevensSnodgrass, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, was chosen for his contributions to the field of human biology, particularly to human nutrition and energetics, evolutionary medicine, global health, and growth, development, and aging. In August, Snodgrass was named as "Scientist to Watch" by The Scientist magazine. He joined the UO faculty in 2005.
 
Stevens, who holds a Philip H. Knight professorship in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and member of the Institute of Molecular Biology, was selected for his contributions in cell biology, particularly for insights into the molecular mechanisms governing protein trafficking in the eukaryotic secretory pathway. He joined the UO faculty in 1983.

"The University congratulates Drs. Snodgrass and Stevens on this tremendous honor,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, UO vice president for research and innovation, and dean of the UO Graduate School. "Their contributions to their respective fields have been substantial, and both are extremely deserving of this important distinction.”

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered 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 association's policymaking body, chaired by the AAAS president, and comprised of the members of the board of directors, retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journals Science, Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. Founded in 1848, AAAS includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science and serves 10 million individuals.

About the University of Oregon
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