Washington D.C.— Professors Sophien Kamoun and Jonathan Jones of The Sainsbury Laboratory have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
This year 388 members have been 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 Saturday, 15 February from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2014AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 29 November 2013.
As part of the section on biological sciences, Professor Kamoun was elected as an AAAS Fellow for ground-breaking contributions to understanding plant-parasite coevolution and the molecular workings of host-parasite interactions, including mechanisms of pathogenicity and host responses.
As part of the section on agriculture, food and renewable resources, Professor Jones was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of plant pathology, particularly for increasing our understanding of plant disease resistance.
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.