AAAS and Aerodyne Research, Inc. Announce 2005 Fellow

Washington D.C. – Dr. Douglas R. Worsnop of Aerodyne Research, Inc. has been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow.  Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 376 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of 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, 18 February from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Fellows Forum during the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Mo.

This year’s AAAS Fellows were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 28 October 2005.

As part of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section, Dr. Worsnop was elected as an AAAS Fellow for major advances in atmospheric heterogeneous chemical kinetics and the measurement of atmospheric aerosol particle composition and microphysics, including the development of the aerosol mass spectrometer.

Dr. Worsnop joined Aerodyne Research, Inc. in 1985. In 1997 he was named Director of the Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry and in 2000 Vice President. He also has adjunct appointments in the Chemistry Department of Boston College and the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Colorado.  His research interests include chemical kinetics, atmospheric chemistry, heterogeneous chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, aerosol diagnostics, and mass spectrometry.  He is the author or co-author of over 120 archival publications in these fields.  Dr. Worsnop received his B.A. from Hope College and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He lives in Lexington Massachusetts.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the Steering Groups of the Association's 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS Chief Executive Officer.

Each Steering Group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS President, and consisting of the members of the Board of Directors, the Retiring Section Chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI) provides research and development (R&D) services to commercial and government clients working to solve national and international problems, addressing such critical issues as global and regional environmental quality and development of clean and efficient energy and propulsion technologies.  In addition to R&D services, Aerodyne designs and builds commercial instrumentation for environmental and commercial process applications, including the aerosol mass spectrometer developed by Dr. Worsnop.  Located in Billerica, MA, Aerodyne was incorporated in 1970 and has 50 employees.  Additional information about ARI is available at http://www.aerodyne.com.

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