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AAAS Fellows Named

Matthew Thomas and Andrew Read in their research lab. PHOTO: STEVE WILLIAMS

Matthew Thomas and Andrew Read in their research lab. PHOTO: STEVE WILLIAMS

Two college researchers have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Andrew Read, professor of biology and entomology and Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar, and Matthew Thomas, professor of entomology and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology.

The AAAS is 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. This year, 702 Fellows were selected for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The Fellows will receive certificates and pins on February 16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

Read was named a Fellow for contributions to theoretical and empirical studies of the evolution of pathogens and their insect vectors, especially malaria and drug resistance.

Thomas was named a Fellow for contributions to the field of environmental entomology, advancing the understanding of basic ecology for the development of sustainable pest and disease control strategies.