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Professor Alters elected to prestigious scientific society

February 10, 2012

Dr. Brian Alters

Chapman University faculty member Brian Alters, Ph.D., a resident of Orange, has been elected by his peers as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  This prestigious honor is awarded by the world’s largest general scientific society, which serves some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, comprising some 10 million individuals.

The AAAS 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.  Founded in 1848, the AAAS is dedicated to advancing science around the world through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education and more.

The Council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” In particular, Dr. Alters, who teaches in Chapman’s College of Educational Studies and Schmid College of Science and Technology and directs the university’s Evolution Education Research Center, is “being honored for distinguished contributions to the teaching and defense of biological evolution.”

The honor will be bestowed upon Dr. Alters at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 18. Dr. Alters joins Chapman’s Dr. Virginia Carson, who was elected a Fellow in 1998, in holding this prestigious recognition.

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