UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Three Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The 2018 Fellows are Katriona Shea, professor of biology and Alumni Professor of Biological Sciences; Long-Qing Chen, Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, engineering science and mechanics and mathematics; and Vasant G. Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology, professor of computer science, bioinformatics and genomics, informatics, neuroscience, and operations research, director of the Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics and associate director of the Institute for Cyberscience .
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. This year, 416 Fellows were selected for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The Fellows will be recognized for their contributions on Feb. 16, during the 2019 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Shea receives her award for distinguished work developing and applying ecological theory to improve management of real-world problems.
Chen was named for distinguished contributions to the development of the phase-field method and its applications to understanding, predicting and designing materials microstructures and properties.
Honavar becomes a Fellow for distinguished contributions to research and technical leadership in data science.