OSU Nabs Three AAAS Fellowships

The Council of the American Association of the Advancement of Science has selected three Oregon State University researchers as 2021 fellows.  

Founded in 1848, AAAS is the largest scientific community in the world. A few former AAAS fellows include Thomas Edison in 1878, astronomer Maria Mitchell in 1875, and computer scientist Grace Hopper in 1963.  

564 fellows were chosen nationwide “in honor of their invaluable contributions to science and research.” Leadership, teaching and mentoring, collaborating, and influencing the public’s view of science are some of the qualifying areas for the fellowships.  

Lisa Balance, who was recognized for her efforts in the biological sciences, is the director of OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute and professor of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation sciences. Her research in biodiversity and ecosystem services (including marine wildlife) gained the attention of the council.  

Bradley J. Cardinal, professor of kinesiology in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, earned his recognition through his studies of public health and exercise. In particular, his achievements are in applying science knowledge to physical activity.  

Staci Simonich, executive associate dean and professor of chemistry and environmental and molecular toxicology in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was chosen for her contributions to the fields of analytical and environmental chemistry. Particularly, Simonich stood out for her research in chemical transformations and transport of organic compounds in the environment. Additionally, she works in OSU’s administration department.  

Since Winfred Atwood in 1915, OSU has seen 152 of its researchers receive the fellowship in 18 various departments.  

By: Rebekah Harcrow  

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