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AAAS selects three fellows at Princeton

Three members of the Princeton University faculty have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow, an honor bestowed upon members of the science society by their peers.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Michael Celia, the Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was selected for his "fundamental research contributions" and for providing "a model for academia at its very best." As part of his work on subsurface water flow, Celia is involved in a large interdisciplinary project focused on the key role that water plays in the semi-arid regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Celia earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Princeton in 1983, and returned to the University in 1989 after serving on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for several years. He was a contributing author to one of the special reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore.

Angela Creager, a professor in the Department of History and director of graduate studies for the Program in History of Science, was recognized for her "distinguished contributions to the field of the history of the life sciences, to AAAS and to history of science organizations." She studies 20th-century biomedical research, with special interests in the history of molecular biology and in the role of materials and model organisms in science. Creager earned her doctoral degree from the University of California-Berkeley and conducted her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined the Princeton faculty in 1994. Her awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.

Jeffry Stock, a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, was honored for "important contributions to the fields of bacterial chemotaxis and sensory transduction." Stock uses a combination of biochemical, biophysical and genetic techniques to understand the principles of molecular logic that underlie cell signaling and information processing in biological systems. Stock earned his doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, serves on the Centers Review Committee of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is chairman of Signum Biosciences Inc.

This year, 486 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 rosette pin on Feb. 14 during the AAAS annual meeting in Chicago.

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