AAAS honors CCNY researchers Robert Anderson and Jeff Morris as lifetime Fellows

Robert P.  Anderson and Jeff Morris, faculty members at The City College of New York, have been elected 2023 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They are among 502 scientists, engineers and innovators recognized for their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements by the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the “Science” family of journals.  Anderson is professor of biology and member of the biodiversity group in the Division of Science, and Morris, professor and director of the Levich Institute in CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering
A tradition dating back to 1874, election as an AAAS Fellow is a lifetime honor, and all Fellows are expected to meet the commonly held standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity. Distinguished past honorees include W.E.B. DuBois, Ellen Ochoa, Steven Chu, Grace Hopper, Alan Alda, Mae Jemison and Ayanna Howard. Joining the ranks of Fellows last year were mathematician and STEM education policy expert Talitha Washington, marine biologist Jorge Cortes Nunez, and radiologist and former National Institutes of Health director Elias Zerhouni. 

“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the AAAS Fellows, AAAS is proud to recognize the newly elected individuals. This year’s class embodies scientific excellence, fosters trust in science throughout the communities they serve, and leads the next generation of scientists while advancing scientific achievements,” said Sudip Parikh, AAAS chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. 

About Dr. Robert Anderson  
For five years running since 2019, Anderson has made the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list that identifies elite researchers worldwide who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. He conducts biogeographic studies at the interface between ecology and evolution, drawing upon diverse data sources (fieldwork, morphology, climatology, remote sensing, physiology, and genetics). In interdisciplinary collaborations, he has developed the use of machine-learning principle Maxent for modeling species niches and distributions. These models are broadly applied in conservation biology, invasive species, zoonotic diseases, and the effects of climate change on biodiversity. Click here for information about the Anderson lab at CCNY, which is part of the interdisciplinary biodiversity group studying the ecology, evolution, and geography of life on Earth. In addition to his faculty position at CCNY and the Graduate Center, CUNY, Anderson is a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. 

About Dr. Jeff Morris
A chemical engineer, Morris is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in rheology. He received the 2023 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology (SOR). The Medal is the 93-year-old SOR’s highest award and is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of rheology. SOR has cited Morris for “his transformative research on the flow of suspensions, particularly of the mechanics of discontinuous shear thickening, and his application of rheology to practical problems in suspension flow, including his novel work on the rheology of hydrate-forming emulsions.” Earlier, Morris received the 2022 Weissenberg Award from the European Society of Rheology becoming the first non-European to win the award and joining an elite group of rheologists who have been recognized in previous years. He’s headed the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics in the Grove School since 2015.

About the American Association for the Advancement of Science 
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal “Science,” 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 more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For additional information about AAAS, visit 

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. Education research organization Degree Choices ranks CCNY #1 nationally among universities for economic return on investment. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi (now Lightcast) puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. This year, CCNY launched its most expansive fundraising campaign, ever. The campaign, titled “Doing Remarkable Things Together” seeks to bring the College’s Foundation to more than $1 billion in total assets in support of the College mission. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

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