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Tier 1 Grants Support Developing Research

PSLA - Tue, 2018-01-09 13:35
Gary Coleman and Shirley Micallef receive 2017 Tier 1 Grants from the Division of Research

In their December 2017 Research at Maryland newsletter, the Division of Research announced their the latest winners of 2017 Tier 1 grants—awards of up to $50,000 to help UMD faculty and research scientists pursue sponsored research, or support scholarship leading to major publications:

GARY D. COLEMAN, an associate professor of plant science and landscape architecture, is working on a project titled “Developing an Activation-Tagged Poplar Population for Functional Dissection of Nitrogen Homeostasis.”

SHIRLEY MICALLEF, an associate professor of plant science and landscape architecture, is investigating a pathogen’s adaptive traits in the project “Resistance Through Diversity: Understanding Salmonella Phenotypic Plasticity and Decision-Making in Response to Antimicrobials.”

Congratulations!!

 

 

Jan 9, 2018Author: Research at Maryland Newsletter, December 2017
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2017 SRA Annual Meeting

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Dec 26, 2017

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) annual meeting was held on December 10-14, 2017, at Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Abani Pradhan and his lab members gave several presentations in this meeting. Dr. Pradhan organized and co-chaired a symposium session on “Innovative Microbial Risk Modeling for Food Supply Chain” wherein he gave an oral presentation titled “Innovative Supply Chain and System Modeling Approaches for Pathogenic Bacteria in Leafy Greens.” Dr. Pradhan also co-chaired a technical session on “Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance as a Global Concern.” Dr. Hao Pang gave an oral presentation on “Risk of Pre-Harvest Microbiological Contamination in Tomatoes: Effects of Meteorological, Farm Management, and Environmental Factors.” Surabhi Rani and Shraddha Karanth presented posters on “Assessing Food Safety Risk of Toxoplasma gondii in Muscle Tissues of Naturally Infected Meat Animals in the United States” and “Applicability of Whole Genome Sequencing Data for Salmonella Risk Assessment in Poultry Meat”, respectively. Dr. Abani Pradhan is the advisor of all three PhD students.

Dr. Hao Pang received the 2017 Specialty Group Merit Award from the SRA-Microbial Risk Analysis Specialty Group -Congratulations! After graduating in Spring 2017, Dr. Pang is working at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in College Park, Maryland. 

Dr. Pradhan served as a member of the 2017 Program Committee for the SRA annual meeting. He also served as the Chair of the SRA Microbial Risk Analysis Specialty Group in 2017.

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Congratulations--Fall 2017 graduates!

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Dec 26, 2017Related Photos:  Congratulations--Fall 2017 graduates!

On December 20, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources held college 2017 fall graduation ceremony. Congratulations to our excellent graduates!

Stay fearless! And go terps!

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Food Science Alumnus-Frederick's Farms: Young entrepreneur finds a market hungry for organic sprouts

NFSC - Sat, 2017-12-23 23:00
Dec 23, 2017

Chris Yu, our food science alumnus, had started his business on organic sprouts. And his story has recently been reported by The Frederick News-Post. Please click here

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2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge

PSLA - Thu, 2017-12-21 13:23
UMD Urban Design Students win 2nd and 3rd placeLARC 440 students win 2nd and 3rd place

Congratulations to LARC 440 (Urban Design Studio) students for their 2nd and 3rd place wins in the 2018 Philadelphia's Next Park+Way.

See the winning design proposals at https://www.philadelphiacfa.org/2018-philadelphias-next-parkway

Second Place: Community Ties (up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Awards Ceremony)

  • Jenny Dibra
  • Katherine Hare
  • Simone Vitale

Third Place: Hidden River (up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Awards Ceremony)

  • Blair Danies
  • Akin Jaiye
  • Sara Sarnwald

 

Dec 21, 2017
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AGNR Momentum article

PSLA - Thu, 2017-12-21 13:05
The Road Project: a healing garden at Walter ReedJack Sullivan

 

 

Dec 21, 2017Author: Nancy Luse
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Landscape Architecture Students win 2nd and 3rd place in the 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge

PSLA - Thu, 2017-12-21 12:53
Congratulations to the Urban Design Studio (LARC 440) students who won 2nd and 3rd place in the 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge Student Design Competition. This is HUGE!! See the winning design proposals at https://www.philadelphiacfa.org/2018-philadelphias-next-parkway. Congratulations to Jenny Dibra, Devan (Katherine) Hare, Simone Vitale, Blair Danies, Akin (AJ) Jaiye and Sara Sarnwald.
 FIRST PLACE  ($5,000 + up to $1,000 to attend the Awards Ceremony)Smart WeaveSamuel FANTAYE, University of New Mexico
 SECOND PLACE (up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Awards Ceremony)Community TiesJenny DIBRA, University of MarylandKatherine HARE, University of Maryland
Simone VITALE, University of Maryland
THIRD PLACE (up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Awards Ceremony)Hidden RiverBlair DANIES, University of MarylandAkin JAIYE, University of Maryland 
Sara SARNWALD, University of Maryland Dec 21, 2017Author: Jack Sullivan
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Landscape Architecture Students win 2nd and 3rd place in the 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge

LARCH - Thu, 2017-12-21 12:53
Congratulations to our students that placed in the competition!Congratulations to the Urban Design Studio (LARC 440) students who won 2nd and 3rd place in the 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge Student Design Competition. This is HUGE!! See the winning design proposals at https://www.philadelphiacfa.org/2018-philadelphias-next-parkway. Congratulations to Jenny Dibra, Devan (Katherine) Hare, Simone Vitale, Blair Danies, Akin (AJ) Jaiye and Sara Sarnwald.
 FIRST PLACE  ($5,000 + up to $1,000 to attend the Awards Ceremony)Smart WeaveSamuel FANTAYE, University of New Mexico
 SECOND PLACE (up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Awards Ceremony)Community TiesJenny DIBRA, University of MarylandKatherine HARE, University of Maryland
Simone VITALE, University of Maryland
THIRD PLACE (up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Awards Ceremony)Hidden RiverBlair DANIES, University of MarylandAkin JAIYE, University of Maryland 
Sara SARNWALD, University of Maryland Photo Credit: https://www.philadelphiacfa.org/2018-philadelphias-next-parkwayDec 21, 2017Author: Jack Sullivan
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Register for Online Pesticide Use and Safety Course

IAA - Wed, 2017-12-20 15:08
Dec 20, 2017Author: Randie HovatterEnhance your knowledge of landscape management and turfgrass science.

This spring, the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) is offering its Pesticide Use and Safety workshop course in a 15-week online format.

This non-credit online workshop satisfies the educational requirements needed to take the Maryland Pesticide Applicator exam.

The workshop provides an overview of pesticide use and safety, to include the following topics:

  • environmental protection
  • labeling
  • personal safety and first aid
  • formulation and chemistry
  • equipment use
  • disposal and storage
  • record-keeping
  • liability

The workshop consists of a live lecture with an audio soundtrack linked to a set of PowerPoint notes, online quizzes and chats, homework assignments, and exams. A minimum score of 70% is needed to satisfy the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) educational requirements. The cost to register is $400, plus textbooks.

>> Register online for Pesticide Use and Safety

>> Main IAA non-credit course(s) page

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New Grants Awarded to Vet Med faculty - Drs. Khattar, Nelson, Samal & Zhu

Vetmed - Wed, 2017-12-20 13:48

The new year will be off to fantastic start as several of our faculty received good news this week on the funding front.

Dr. Daniel Nelson receives a new USDA/NIFA grant with collaborator Dr. Kasey Moyes in the Department of Avian and Animal Sciences titled "PlyC: Use of a Recombinant Bacteriophage Endolyson as a Mastitis Therapeutic in Lactacting Dairy Cows" ($485,000).

Dr. Siba Samal and Dr. Sunil Khattar receive a new USDA grant ($500,000) to develop a structure-based vaccine bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV). BRSV is a major cause of respiratory disease in cattle in the USA. Currently available vaccines for BRSV are not satisfactory. Dr. Samal and Dr. Khattar will use Newcastle Disease virus vector to develop a novel vaccine against BRSV, which will benefit the cattle industry in the USA.

Dr. Xiaoping Zhu receives a new NIH R21 exploratory research grant ($418,000) to understand how human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) evades functions of MHC class I-related molecules. HCMV is the leading viral cause of congenital birth defects and cause severe diseases in the immunocompromised patients and organ transplanted recipients. Understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which HCMV impairs functions of MHC class-related molecules may discover a novel mechanism of virus immune evasion, add new knowledge on viral parthenogenesis, and develop novel strategies on immunotherapy, passive immunization, and vaccine development.

Dec 20, 2017
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ALEI Hosted Third Annual Environmental Law Conference

AREC - Fri, 2017-12-15 14:55
Dec 15, 2017Author: Sarah Fielder

The third annual Environmental Law Conference was hosted by ALEI on November 17, at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis.

Professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including environmental, agricultural and legal, came together to speak about relevant topics and complex regulations.

Some of the speakers at the event included Maryland’s Secretary of Environment Ben Grumbles, organic farmer Alison Howard, and state conservationist Terron Hillsman. Topics discussed ranged from land conservation to climate change.

The conference offered insight about natural resource protection laws and the how these laws affect Maryland farmers. ALEI hopes to help continue the dialogue between farmers and legal specialist in the future.

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AREC Celebrates the Holidays and 2017 Graduate Student Awards

AREC - Fri, 2017-12-15 13:46
Dec 15, 2017Author: Sarah Fielder 2017 AREC Holidays and Graduate Student Awards Luncheon

AREC hosted its annual Graduate Awards and Holiday Luncheon on December 7, 2017, and recognized six graduate students with awards and scholarships.

One of the honorees was second-year graduate student Christopher Holt. He received the Rhona Lantin Award for best paper by a first-year student. He also presented his research from this paper at the graduate poster session that was on November, 29 2017.

“I developed a new method that can be broadly applied using very little data on emissions,” said Holt. “It provides policymakers with information about what it costs to reduce pollution.”

Another award winner is third-year graduate student Yujie Lin, who won the Bessie H. DeVault Award for best paper by a second-year student.

“I’m really glad. For that paper, I took Erik Lichtenberg’s class, and he helped me form the idea,” said Lin. Her paper focused on agglomeration bonus and land conservation.

Andrew Brudevold-Newman, who graduated in 2017, received the Dr. and Mrs. Bill V. Lessley Award, for best Ph.D. dissertation. It was titled Essays on Education in Developing Countries. His paper examines government subsidized education and education policies. Brudevold-Newman currently works as a development economist at the American Institute for Research.

Award recipient Jun Zhang also was recognized at the luncheon, and accepted the John R. and Marjorie C. Moore Award for best effort to publish a paper in an academic journal. He is a fourth year graduate student.

“Unfortunately my paper was rejected, but it gave me a chance to improve it,” said Zhang at the event. He followed the advice he received from the peer reviewers and has submitted the paper to another journal. “This award encourages students who want to pursue an academic career and lets us know about the reality of what it takes to publish a paper.”

At the event, fourth year graduate student M. Mehrab bin Bakhtiar received the Bruce and Mary Ann Gardner Dissertation Enhancement Award. With the award, he received $5,000 to put towards his research.

“I’m trying to look into how giving income to very poor women improves household decision making,” said Bakhtiar. His research is focused in Nigeria.

The final award given was the Dr. Bruce L. Gardner Memorial Scholarship to first-year graduate student Samuel Williamson.

“I am extremely appreciative,” said Williamson. “It helped me pay for a lot of my moving costs.”

During the luncheon, donors were also recognized for their contributions. Without them, these awards possible would not be possible. Members of the family of Bill Lessley attended the luncheon. Chuck McCormick, who was a friend of Rona Lantin and is now a contributor to the scholarship named in her honor, was also there.

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You're Invited to Open House

IAA - Wed, 2017-12-13 13:07
Learn about our 60-credit certificate program at UMD.Dec 13, 2017Author: Randie HovatterJoin us for an Open House

We are opening our doors and hosting TWO Open Houses at the IAA this Spring. Register to join us for one or both Open Houses, on February 19 and March 30, 2018.

The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) offers a 60-credit certificate program within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Choose from eight concentrations in three key areas of study to jump-start your career in the agribusiness, sustainable agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, and turfgrass industries.

Don't miss this opportunity to visit us in Jull Hall, get to know the faculty and students, and tour the University of Maryland, College Park campus!

Open House will be held from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM in Room 1123 of Jull Hall on the following dates:

  • Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Friday, March 30, 2018

Spaces are limited, and registration is required. Use the webform at this link, or click the button below to register.

With questions, please contact Student Services Coordinator Randie Hovatter.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Institute of Applied Agriculture!

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Grad Students meet alumni, discuss life after grad school

AREC - Mon, 2017-12-11 11:55
Dec 11, 2017Author: Sarah Fielder

Nine AREC graduate students and four AREC alumni attended the Alumni Luncheon held on December 2nd at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington D.C.

The event is an opportunity for graduate students to speak with alumni who work in a variety of fields. It was organized by third year AREC graduate student Tianqi Gin, the graduate representative for the class.

“This is a really good chance to communicate with previous graduates from our department,” notes Gan. “By chatting with them, you can know more about different types of workplaces, job hunting tips, and life after graduation.”

Alumni who attended the luncheon included Elina Page, Ian Page,Tulika Narayan and Jen He. Elina is an agricultural economist with the United States Department of Agriculture. Ian is an assistant clinical professor with AREC. Narayan is a principal associate with Abt associates for International Economic Growth. There, she created and runs the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Analytics practice. And He is a senior consultant at EY, a global organization formerly known as Ernst & Young.

Andrew Rosenberg, a graduate student, attended the event, and spoke with He about her experiences.

“We discussed different aspects of her job, the job market process and advice about interviews,” said Rosenberg. “She had interviews with universities as well as consulting firms, so it was interesting to hear about the different styles of interviews.”

The event went well according to Rosenberg, and was helpful for preparing to go on the job market, as well as keeping in touch with alumni.

 
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Initiating Simulation in Medical Nutrition Therapy Course

NFSC - Fri, 2017-12-08 14:03
Dec 8, 2017

The Dietetic Program received a grant from Henry J. and Camille J. Shaffer Dorn Foundation to support Dietetics Teaching and Simulation Laboratory for Medical Nutrition Therapy (NFSC460) and Nutrition Assessment (NFSC380) courses. Funds were used since May 2017 to purchase tools that create a unique learning experience for Dietetic Students to practice clinical interactive skills. The devices include a tube feeding manikin, tube feeding pump, tube feeding syringes and bags, stethoscopes to monitor bowel sounds, blood pressure monitor, digital hand dynamometer for grip strength measurement, and pitting edema trainer.

The manikin pictured below has three routes for tube or enteral feeding. The set includes a feeding route pannel and a chest anatomy sheet to facilitate anatomical understanding. The three routes include oral, nasogastric, and percutaneous endoscopy gastrostomy (PEG) with a tube inserted directly into the stomach through the abdomen to allow feeding with real liquid foods.  The human simulator is an effective training tool to enable students to integrate what they learn in the classroom with what they will see in a real life workplace environment. Students will acquire skills of enteral tube nutrition. 

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Former Graduates Discuss Dietetic Internship with SDA Members November 13, 2017

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Dec 8, 2017

On November 13th, Student Dietetic Association, SDA (formerly known as FAN Club) members gathered to listen to an alumni panel speak about their experiences with the dietetic internship process. The panel included the registered dietitians Shelby Vaughn, Philip Bobrowsky, Lee Crosby, and Melinda Cater. The alumni spoke about their experiences with open houses, the application process, the internship itself, and what they are doing since having completed their internships. Some of the alumni even provided their resume and personal statement as an example. Members had plenty of time to ask questions and learn more about the internships the alumni completed (Virginia Tech, Sodexo, and Johns Hopkins). Everything from tips, how interns are selected, and their thoughts on graduate school was covered. It was a great learning experience for everyone and was both incredibly helpful and encouraging to hear from them, especially as seniors begin their own applications in the upcoming months. 

Alumni Panel from left to right: Lee Crosby, Shelby Vaughn, Melinda Cater and Philip Bobrowsky

StudentsAlumni panel with SDA members and faculty advisor, Dr. Margaret Udahogora, R.D.
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Name Change Announcement FAN Club to Student Dietetic Association

NFSC - Fri, 2017-12-08 13:06
Dec 8, 2017

The Food and Nutrition Club has officially changed its name to the Student Dietetic Association at the University of Maryland. With the name change, we have renewed our commitment to providing professional resources and networking to students interested in the fields of nutrition and dietetics.

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New PSLA Faculty Member

PSLA - Fri, 2017-12-08 08:42

PSLA welcomes Dr. Mengjun Hu, new Assistant Professor who will join the faculty in early February 2018 from the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Clemson University, where he was a postdoc. Dr. Hu’s research has been primarily focused on fungicide resistance and its molecular basis. He has also studied fungal population genetics and taxonomy, with emphasis on gray mold of small fruit, peach anthracnose and brown rot. He has researched abiotic issues as well including peach skin streaking and bronzing. In addition to his research efforts, Dr. Hu was involved in several extension programs at Clemson University. He was one of the original developers of “MyIPM”, a smartphone application developed to help sustainable peach and strawberry production in the southeast. Dr. Hu was also in charge of a location specific resistance monitoring program, a free service offered to strawberry growers on the east coast, with the goal of identifying effective fungicide applications for the control of gray mold.   

Photo Credit: Clemson UniversityDec 8, 2017
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Welcome Dr. Mengjun Hu

PSLA - Thu, 2017-12-07 16:12

PSLA welcomes Dr. Mengjun Hu, new Assistant Professor who will join the faculty in early February 2018 from the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Clemson University, where he was a postdoc. Dr. Hu’s research has been primarily focused on fungicide resistance and its molecular basis. He has also studied fungal population genetics and taxonomy, with emphasis on gray mold of small fruit, peach anthracnose and brown rot. He has researched abiotic issues as well including peach skin streaking and bronzing. In addition to his research efforts, Dr. Hu was involved in several extension programs at Clemson University. He was one of the original developers of “MyIPM”, a smartphone application developed to help sustainable peach and strawberry production in the southeast. Dr. Hu was also in charge of a location specific resistance monitoring program, a free service offered to strawberry growers on the east coast, with the goal of identifying effective fungicide applications for the control of gray mold.

Photo Credit: Clemson UniversityDec 7, 2017
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AAAS Announces Dr. Iqbal Hamza as a 2017 Fellow

ANSC - Wed, 2017-12-06 05:22

Dr. Iqbal Hamza of the University of Maryland has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Dr. Hamza was elected for groundbreaking discoveries and distinguished contributions on the biochemical and cell biology mechanisms underlying heme and iron trafficking and their regulation.

Anemia affects more than a quarter of the global human population. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia, making the study of iron metabolism a field with a large public health footprint. “Most people have heard of hemoglobin and know it is important to your blood. We make hemoglobin by using heme which we get from iron in our food; over 70% of the iron in our body is in hemoglobin. But, we don’t even know how the heme gets into the globin to create hemoglobin. This is a fundamental biochemical question with far-reaching public health impact,” said Dr. Hamza. By understanding the mechanisms around iron metabolism and heme production and transport, Dr. Hamza is ultimately working to understand, prevent, and treat anemia caused by iron deficiency, as well as to kill common parasites that feed on heme supplies through improved drug development. This is the goal of Dr. Hamza’s 15-year career as a Professor at the University of Maryland in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

When Dr. Hamza joined the University of Maryland and was asked what he wanted out of his career, he said, “I want to be able to look back and say I solved a major scientific problem in an imaginative and creative way. That is how I started studying heme and iron metabolism,” explained Dr. Hamza. “So little was known about the mechanisms, and I wanted to tackle a challenging problem head on.” When Dr. Hamza first started this journey, it was unknown how heme moved around the body because these mechanisms were so difficult to study. Since humans and common model organisms like mice and yeast create their own heme, it made it difficult to track transport patterns and distinguish what heme was made inside the body, or what heme was coming from outside sources like diet.

To address this issue, Dr. Hamza started studying these processes in bloodless worms called Caenorhabditis elegans. “These microscopic worms don’t make their own heme, but they need it to survive and are a great genetic model to study anemia. They are also transparent, making it easy to observe transport processes in an actual living organism,” said Dr. Hamza. This opened up the entire field to the groundbreaking discoveries in heme transport and signaling that Dr. Hamza is being honored for. He currently has grants from the National Institute of Health which include studying mutations in humans with defects in heme transport, how organs communicate with one another to signal when they need heme, how parasites steal heme from hosts, how to block parasites with pharmaceuticals to improve human and animal health, and how to develop sensors to track iron and heme movement in living cells and tissues.

“Being a AAAS Fellow is a great honor to me because it essentially tells me that my peers and colleagues appreciate the science we are doing here,” said Dr. Hamza. “To me, science is about exploration and adding to a new body of knowledge. I feel like a kid in a candy shop. I’m so excited coming to work each day because I just don’t know what I’m going to discover.”

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org (link is external)) as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 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.

This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 24, 2017. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, February 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Central Time at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. For more information, seewww.aaas.org (link is external).

Dec 6, 2017
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