9 Rutgers professors named fellows of American Association for Advancement of Science

Rutgers University faculty recently elected nine of its own to the newest class of fellows for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are among 506 scientists, engineers and innovators recognized for their achievements.

Paul Copeland, Shuchismita Dutta, Bonnie Firestein, William Hallman, Saurabh W. Jha, Robert E. Kopp, Malin Pinsky, Jaideep Vaidya and Rachael Winfree will engage in research to enhance the understanding of the universe, prepare the world to address climate change and find ways to restore brain function after traumatic injury or disease.

The nine faculty members are working to bring critical research tools to scientists worldwide, help us better understand our ecosystems, from the oceans to the role pollinators play in our food supply, and improve the way we communicate about risk.

“Rutgers’ newest fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science exemplify the excellence of our faculty,” Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway said. “Their scholarly achievements, as recognized by their peers, fulfill the AAAS mission to advance science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people and honor Rutgers’ mission to serve the common good.”

AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its science family of journals. It is among the most distinct honors within the scientific community.