November 30, 2015 – Michael King and Cora Randall of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Boulder, 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, 347 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, February 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
This year’s AAAS Fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 27, 2015.
Both Randall and King are part of the Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences. King was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the remote sensing and analysis of clouds and aerosols, and for years of distinguished scientific leadership of the multi-satellite Earth Observing System.
Randall was elected for distinguished contributions to atmospheric sciences through innovative, multidisciplinary research, particularly energetic particle precipitation and satellite measurement validation, as well as for extensive and dedicated service.
“I am honored to have been elected as a Fellow of the AAAS, and am grateful to the many equally deserving colleagues with whom I have been privileged to work,” said Randall. “This recognition would not have been possible without their collaborative spirit, and the many scientific advances they themselves have made. I would also like to thank those who nominated me, for their time, effort, and expression of support.”
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.