November 19, 2002
Contact: Ron Cichowicz


AAAS Selects Two University of Pittsburgh Faculty as Fellows

PITTSBURGH—Two University of Pittsburgh faculty members are among the 291 new 2002 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows, AAAS announced in the Oct. 25 edition of Science. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin Feb. 15, during the 2003 AAAS Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.

Pitt’s new AAAS Fellows follow.

José-Marie Griffiths

• José-Marie Griffiths, the Doreen E. Boyce Chair and Professor of Information Science, Library Science, and Telecommunications and director of the Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology in Pitt’s School of Information Sciences. She was nominated by the AAAS section on information, computing, and communication. AAAS selected Griffiths for her “leadership in information science education and information policy and for research in the economics and impacts of the changing scholarly communication system.”

• Peter Wipf, professor in the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty and College of Arts and Sciences, who was nominated by the AAAS chemistry section. AAAS selected Wipf for his “outstanding contributions to alkaloid synthesis, heterocyclic and organometallic synthetic methodology development, and combinatorial chemistry.”

Election as a fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Potential new fellows are nominated by AAAS steering groups, by the AAAS chief executive officer, or by any three current fellows, as long as two of the three are not affiliated with the same organization as the nominee. The tradition of AAAS Fellows distinction began in 1874.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS has worked to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs, and publications in the areas of science policy, science education, and international scientific cooperation. With more than 134,000 members from 130 countries and 272 affiliated societies comprising more than 10 million individual members, AAAS is the world’s largest federation of scientists. The association also publishes Science, an editorially independent, multidisciplinary, weekly peer-reviewed journal that ranks among the world’s most prestigious scientific journals.