Boston College Biology Professor David R. Burgess
Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement Of Science

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (10-29-04) -- David R. Burgess, professor of biology at Boston College, has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers in recognition of meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

This year's awards were announced in Science on October 29, and the society's 308 new Fellows will be recognized in February during the 2005 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

In the category of biological sciences, Prof. Burgess was selected for his distinguished contributions to the field of cell biology and for studies on cytokinesis and how cells change form as controlled by the cytoskeleton (the internal framework of a cell, composed largely of actin filaments, microtubules and molecular motors). This research can aid in the understanding of human diseases.

Prof. Burgess, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis, has a long and distinguished record in science and education, most recently having served on two major scientific advisory councils, one to the director of the National Institutes of Health and the other relating to human genome research. He also serves on the Committee on Opportunity in Science for the National Science Foundation and the US Energy Department's Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee. He recently was elected to the Council for the American Society for Cell Biology.

Previously-named AAAS Fellows at Boston College include Biology Professor Emeritus Yu Chen Ting, Chemistry Professor Lawrence T. Scott and Geology & Geophysics Department Chair Professor J. Christopher Hepburn.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. The American Association for the Advancement of Science was founded in 1848, and serves some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Its journal Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one 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.