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CoS professors among new AAAS fellows



   New AAAS fellow Prof. Mahdi Abu-Omar


Four Purdue University College of Science professors have been awarded the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. The distinction recognizes their notable work to advance science or its applications, and fellows are elected by peer members. The association will present 702 new fellows with the award on Feb. 16 during the association's annual meeting in Boston. 

The fellows from CoS are:

* Mahdi Abu-Omar, professor of chemistry, for distinguished contributions to the field of mechanistic inorganic chemistry, with particular emphasis on atom transfer reactions of oxorhenium complexes.

* David Nolte, professor of physics, for distinguished contributions to the field of optical interferometric devices, particularly the development and commercialization of dynamic holographic films, the BioCD and motility contrast imaging.

* Ian Shipsey, the Julian Schwinger Distinguished Professor of Physics, for his contributions to the field of experimental particle physics, particularly for heavy quark physics and leadership in the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment.

* Gabriela Weaver, professor of chemistry, for distinguished contributions to transforming science education at the undergraduate and pre-college levels through the use of inquiry-based pedagogies and innovative technologies.

These new AAAS fellows bring the Purdue total to 54.

The tradition of selecting fellows began in 1874. Members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering group of their respective sections, by three fellows or by the association's chief executive officer. Each steering group then reviews nominations within its respective section and forwards a final list to the association's council. The nomination involves all discipline of science and engineering, which makes it broader than any technical society. Additional information is available at

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