Distinguished Research Professor of biological sciences Ronny Woodruff can now add another title to his name: Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science. The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874.
The association announced the prestigious designation Jan. 11. This year's 503 Fellows "have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished," AAAS said. Dr. Woodruff was chosen "for distinguished contributions to research and teaching in evolutionary genetics, and to service as director of the Mid-America Drosophila Stock Center and editor of Genetica."
New Fellows will be recognized Feb. 19 during the association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The names of the new Fellows also will be published in the "AAAS News & Notes" section of Science on Jan. 28.
Woodruff has taught at BGSU since 1977, and is known for engaging students in his vigorous research agenda. In March 2010, he was presented BGSU's Elliott L. Blinn Award for Faculty-Undergraduate Student Innovative Basic Research/Creative Work. With the help of nearly 90 undergraduate students, Woodruff has studied the mechanisms of evolution using the fruit fly as a model organism. From 2008-10 alone, he and his students published seven teaching articles and presented posters at several conferences and talks.
Founded in 1848, AAAS includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The nonprofit association fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy.
In memoriam: Former U.S. Congressman Robert Hanrahan
Robert Paul Hanrahan, who received his master's degree from BGSU and went on to become a U.S. Congressman representing Illinois and deputy assistant secretary of education under President Gerald Ford, died Jan. 7 in Illinois. The first member of his family to graduate from college, Hanrahan devoted his life to public service, serving from the local to the national levels. Click here to read more.
Deadline extended for Inclusion Network signup
Provost Ken Borland has extended the deadline to Tuesday, Jan. 18, for BGSU community members to submit their forms to participate in the Inclusion Network.
Anyone who has a passion for promoting a diverse and inclusive campus environment is encouraged to be part of the network. Strategy Seven of the BGSU Strategic Plan calls for the creation of such an environment through communication of its benefits. Provost Borland will select core group members this month so they may begin to lead this important work. To get involved, visit here.
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