University of Minnesota: AAAS Honors Five University of Minnesota Faculty as Lifetime AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected five faculty from the University of Minnesota to the newest class of AAAS Fellows, among the most distinct honors within the scientific community.

The 2021 class of AAAS Fellows includes 564 scientists, engineers and innovators spanning 24 scientific disciplines who are being recognized for their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements, including:

Rachel T.A. Croson, Ph.D. (Section of Social, Economic & Political Sciences). In addition to this distinction for her scientific work, Croson also leads the U of M’s academic enterprise as its Executive Vice President and Provost.
Susan D. Jones, Ph.D. (Section of History & Philosophy of Science)
Gary Muehlbauer, Ph.D. (Section of Biological Sciences)
Peter Tiffin, Ph.D. (Section of Biological Sciences)
George Weiblen, Ph.D. (Section of Biological Sciences)
“These faculty members serve as exemplars of our unyielding commitment to world-class teaching and discovery,” said University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel. “As a University community, we stand with great pride and appreciation for each of our five honorees, the important work that earned them this distinction, and their countless contributions that drive greater impact for our campus communities, our state and the world.”

AAAS Fellows are a distinguished cadre of scientists, engineers and innovators who, since 1874, have been recognized for their achievements across disciplines ranging from research, teaching and technology, to administration in academia, industry and government, to excellence in communicating and interpreting science to the public.

“AAAS is proud to bestow the honor of AAAS Fellow to some of today’s brightest minds who are integral to forging our path into the future,” said Dr. Sudip Parikh, AAAS chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. “We celebrate these distinguished individuals for their invaluable contributions to the scientific enterprise.”

The AAAS Fellowship is a lifetime honor that comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity. The new Fellows will receive an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin to commemorate their election (representing science and engineering, respectively) and will be celebrated later this year during an in-person gathering when it is feasible from a public health and safety perspective. The new class will also be featured in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science in January 2022.

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