Four faculty members from the University of California, Santa Barbara were recently elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are among 251 new Fellows.
These Fellows have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished, according to the AAAS.
In alphabetical order they are:
James P. Kennett, professor of geological sciences, for distinguished leadership and service to the fields of marine geology, paleooceanography, and micropaleontology and for continued commitment to education and mentoring;
Kenneth C. Millett, professor of mathematics, for contributions to understanding the knot theory, to increased participation of
minorities in mathematics, and to improved educational opportunities in mathematics for all;
David J. Pine, professor of chemical engineering and of materials, for the development of light scattering methods suitable for the investigation of strongly scattering systems and for delicate studies of complex fluids using these methods; and,
Matthew Tirrell, The Richard A. Auhll Professor and dean of the College of Engineering, for fundamental contributions to the science and engineering of polymer surfaces with important implications for adhesion, friction, and biocompatibility.
The tradition of AAAS Fellows distinction began in 1874. The AAAS was founded in 1848 and represents the world's largest federation of scientists and works to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs and publications. AAAS publishes the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Science, as well as a number of electronic features on the World Wide Web.