CCNY engineer Rosemarie Wesson is 2019 AAAS Fellow
Dr. Rosemarie D. Wesson, associate dean for research in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, is among 443 new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor is in recognition of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
A chemical engineer, Wesson was specifically cited by AAAS for her “seminal contributions to the field of numerical analyses of polymer crystallization kinetics, technology, service to society, and support to education, women, and underrepresented minorities.”
She will join her peers Feb. 15, 2020, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the association’s annual meeting in Seattle, Washington. The new Fellows will receive an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin.
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. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected. The AAAS Fellow honor comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.
This is Wesson’s second major honor. In 2018, she began a three-year term the first ever female treasurer of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), which was incepted in 1908. AIChE is a professional society of more than 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science 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. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. 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, see www.aaas.org.
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