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Professors earn national science honors


March 07, 2007

Several ASU faculty members earned national recognition for their research efforts during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Francisco.

ASU professor and ecologist Jianguo Wu was given the 2006 AAAS Award for International Scientific Cooperation. Wu, a professor in the School of Life Sciences and the School of Sustainability, was recognized for “pioneering efforts and contributions to sustainability science, career-long involvement with landscape ecological research in China and training and mentoring of young scholars.”

Wu's work on sustainability has focused on the ecology and restoration of the vast Inner Mongolia grassland in the semi-arid region of China. He also has made contributions to the fields of landscape ecology and urban ecology, which have been partly incorporated into the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long Term Ecological Research project.

Two ASU professors were honored with the distinction of fellow of AAAS. The title of fellow is given to AAAS members who have advanced applications in science that are technically or socially distinguished.

Margaret Nelson, professor of anthropology and associate dean of ASU's Barrett, the Honors College, was cited for “significant accomplishments in Southwestern archaeological research, teaching in field archaeology and academic administration.” Nelson has research interests in long-term cycles of change in human organization and land use.

Daniel Sarewitz, professor and director of the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes, was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the practice and scholarship of science, technology and environmental policy, and particularly for understanding the intertwined nature of science, values and decision-making.” Sarewitz's research focuses on the connections between scientific research and social benefit, and developing ways to improve those connections.