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Wake Forest biologist named AAAS Fellow


December 1, 2006

William E. Conner, professor of biology at Wake Forest University, has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. 

This year, 449 AAAS members have been awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.  The new AAAS Fellows were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science Nov. 24.

New fellows will be presented with an official certificate Feb. 17 at the Fellows Forum during the 2007 AAAS annual meeting in San Francisco.

Conner was recognized for contributions to studies of animal communication and
sexual selection in insects, and for his work to understand chemical defenses in moths.

Conner, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1988, conducts field studies in North Carolina, Florida, mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874.  AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org).  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 (www.aaas.org) 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.

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