Fund President John Burris named AAAS Fellow

Cites distinguished career devoted to scientific research, education, and leadership

John BurrisWashington D.C.—John E. Burris, Ph.D., president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 391 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 18 February from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 25 November 2016.

The fellows are elected by the AAAS Council, the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

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The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and educational activities.  The Fund is located in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. 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, public engagement, and more.