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AAAS Names Six Fellows from USF

Distinguished faculty from Marine Science, Health, Engineering and Arts & Sciences receive one of the nation’s most prestigious honors.



TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 23, 2015) – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to six USF faculty members among 347 scholars from around the nation. Three are from the USF College of Marine Science and one each from USF Health, USF College of Engineering and USF College of Arts & Sciences.

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and is an international non-profit organization “dedication to advancing science for the benefit of all people.”

According to AAAS, “These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”


The gold and blue rosette pin awarded each new Fellow.
Courtesy American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Fellows from USF are: Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Venkat R. Bhethanabotla, Ph.D., College of Engineering; Professor Kendra L. Daly, Ph.D., College of Marine Science; Dean and Professor Jacqueline Eaby Dixon, Ph.D., College of Marine Science; Professor Timothy H. Dixon, Ph.D., School of Geosciences in the College of Arts & Sciences; Distinguished University Health Professor Dennis Edward Kyle, Ph.D., USF Health; and Professor Steven A. Murawski, Ph.D., College of Marine Science.

The Awards:

Bhethanabotla: “For distinguished contributions to the fields of chemical and biomedical engineering, particularly for the modeling and development of acoustic wave chemical and biological sensors.”

Daly: “For distinguished contributions to the field of ocean science, particularly for advancing knowledge of Antarctic marine food webs and ecosystem dynamics in ice covered seas.”

Jacqueline E. Dixon: “For distinguished contributions to the fields of marine science and geology.”

Timothy Dixon: “For distinguished contributions to the field of space geodesy.”

Kyle: “For distinguished contributions and innovations in the field of global health, especially tropical and infectious diseases.”

Murawski: “For distinguished contributions to the fields of fisheries and marine ecosystem science, particularly for theoretical and empirical contributions to understanding the dynamics of exploited ecosystems.”

AAAS will present its official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin, representing science and engineering, in February at its annual AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The formal announcement appears in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Nov. 25 issue of “Science” magazine.

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