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Dartmouth professor named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/18/08 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661 

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Mark McPeek
Professor of Biological Sciences Mark McPeek (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences Mark McPeek was recently awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. McPeek is among the 486 new Fellows named this year.

McPeek was elected a Fellow as part of the section on biological sciences, recognized for his “distinguished contributions towards understanding the mechanisms by which evolutionary adaptation and clade diversification are linked to ecological factors that regulate community dynamics.”

“I’m deeply honored to be among those selected this year,” said McPeek. “This is wonderful recognition, and I extend thanks to the many colleagues and collaborators who have inspired, encouraged, and challenged me.”

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the Steering Groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS Chief Executive Officer. A final list is forwarded to the AAAS’s policymaking body called the Council, which votes on the list.

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. AAAS was founded in 1848. 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 non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.

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