November 5, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 5
Prof. David Burgess (Biology) has been named a 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. The AAAS selected Burgess for his distinguished contributions to the field of cell biology and for studies on cytokinesis and how cells change form as they relate to the cytoskeleton, research that can aid in the understanding of human diseases.
Burgess, who joined Boston College in 1998, has a long and distinguished record in science and education, having recently served on major scientific advisory councils for National Institutes of Health policy and for human genome research. He also has served on the US Energy Department's Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee.
He is the second BC scientist to be named an AAAS Fellow in the past year, joining Prof. Lawrence Scott (Chemistry).
The American Association for the Advancement of Science serves some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. 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. •