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American Association For The Advancement Of Science (AAAS) Names Three Stony Brook University Faculty 2009 Fellows

Dec 22, 2009 - 10:24:07 AM

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Philip Allen
STONY BROOK, NY, December 21, 2009 —  Three Stony Brook University professors – Philip B. Allen, Barbara V. Jacak, and Alan Tucker – have been named 2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellows, a designation that will be officially announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 18 December 2009.

The election as an AAAS fellow is awarded to individuals by their AAAS peer members. The nomination process starts with a steering group from the particular AAAS section a person is part of, and each steering groups recommendations are then voted on by the overall AAAS Council, the policymaking body of the Association. The tradition of awarding the distinction of AAAS Fellows began in 1874.  

Philip B. Allen, a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, was selected as a 2009 AAAS Fellow for his “distinguished contributions to the field of condensed matter theory, particularly superconductors, transport properties of all forms of solids, polarons, metal/insulator transitions, and properties of glasses.”  Allen, whose research specialty is condensed matter theory, came to Stony Brook University in 1971. Throughout his tenure at SBU he has been a part of many important research studies within the United States and abroad, including work at the Naval Research Lab, at Columbia University via funding from the Guggenheim Foundation, and continual work at Brookhaven National Lab, which has a partnership with Stony Brook University.

Barbara Jacak
Barbara V. Jacak, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, earned her 2009 AAAS fellow status for “distinguished contributions to the field of relativistic heavy ions, particularly for service as spokesperson of the PHENIX detector at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)” at Brookhaven National Lab. Jacak, who came to SBU in 1997, is an internationally-renowned physicist who was elected this year to the National Academy of Sciences, an academy that was signed into existence by Abraham Lincoln in a congressional act in 1863. Her co-discovery of the perfect liquid and it’s apparently strong coupled behavior under the Stony Brook PHENIX Group (Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction experiment) was noted as the 2005 top physics story by the American Institute of Physics.

Alan Tucker, a Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University, was cited for his “many years of distinguished contributions to the mathematics profession, through research, teaching, and services to the community, including the American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America, Mathematical Sciences Education Board, and Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences.” Tucker has written five books and over 60 published articles. Tucker, who came to Stony Brook in 1970, has many distinguished professional activities, including non-academic consulting with major corporations RAND, AT&T, John Wiley & Sons, and Sloan Foundation, Consultant on “The New Liberal Arts.”

Alan Tucker
“Stony Brook University is very proud to have three esteemed professors named 2009 AAAS Fellows,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. “Philip Allen, Barbara Jacak and Alan Tucker are deserving recipients of this highly regarded distinction. They are outstanding researchers whose creativity and dedication to science and learning is reflected in an outstanding body of work."

Allen, Jacak, and Tucker are three of 531 members honored as 2009 AAAS fellows for 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, 20 February from 8 to 10 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,600 acres. In the 50+ years since its founding, the University has grown tremendously, now with nearly 24,000 students and 2,100 faculty, and is recognized as one of the nation’s important centers of learning and scholarship. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, and ranks among the top 100 national universities in America and among the top 50 public national universities in the country according to the 2008 U.S. News & World Report survey. Considered one of the “flagship” campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory , joining an elite group of universities, including Berkeley, University of Chicago, Cornell, MIT, and Princeton, that run federal research and development laboratories. SBU is a driving force of the Long Island economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.

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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  ( ) and Science Signaling  ( ). AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 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, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. 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; and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, , the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.


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