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Texas A&M professor honored for scientific contributions

Texas A&M professor honored for scientific contributions

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Texas A&M University professor Andrew Dessler is among 396 members to be honored as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year. 

The distinction by AAAS is given to members because of "their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."

Dessler -- who is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and the Earl F. Cook professor of geosciences -- is expected to be honored along with his fellow recipients in Austin on Feb. 17 at the AAAS Fellows Forum as a part of the organization's 2018 annual meeting. 

Debbie Thomas, interim dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M, said in a statement she and her colleagues are proud that Dessler's "profound contributions to atmospheric and climate science are being honored by the AAAS."

"This distinction truly is a fitting affirmation of his impact on the field," she said. 

To be considered as a fellow, current members of AAAS must be nominated by the organization's steering groups, its CEO or by three fellows -- two of which must not be affiliated with the nominee's institution.

Established in 1848, AAAS is a nonprofit organization that includes 250 affiliated societies and academies of science with a stated mission to "advance science and serve society."

The association is the publisher of the journal Science and ranks as the world's largest general scientific society, according to university officials.

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