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Malcolm Hughes one of three UA professors elected as AAAS fellows

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Malcolm Hughes, Regent's Professor in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research with a joint appointment in SNRE, was one of three University of Arizona professors who have just been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.
Founded in 1848, the association includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Its mission is to advance science and serve society through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education and more. This year, AAAS awarded the distinction, an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their scientific peers, to 338 individuals who have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Being chosen as an AAAS fellow signifies that colleagues in the field deem the nominee among the best in the country. The honor is reserved for only a half percent of the total AAAS member base. The AAAS database currently lists 45 fellows at the UA.
Hughes is at the forefront of the scientific group using tree-ring data to understand global changes in temperature and precipitation over the past 3,000 years. He is being honored for his research, national leadership and development of dendrochronology and dendroclimatology, and for providing millennial dendrochronological records that significantly increased the understanding of the western North American climate.  
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