PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University faculty member and sociologist Eugene (Gene) Rosa has been elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Rosa was among 348 individuals elected by their peers to the rank because of their efforts to advance science or applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.  The new Fellows will be recognized Feb. 14 during the 2004 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle.

This year’s AAAS Fellows also were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal, Science, on Oct. 31.

A part of the Section on Social, Economic and Political Sciences, Rosa was elected a AAAS Fellow for his “pioneering research on technological risk, energy, and global environmental change and for innovative and effective service to the environmental social sciences.”

Rosa is currently the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy in the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, past chair and professor of Sociology, affiliated professor of Environmental Science and Regional Planning, and affiliated professor of Fine Arts. He received his B.S. with high honors (1967) from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. His M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1976) in social science are from the Maxwell Graduate School of Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. He then completed postgraduate work in neurobiobehavioral sciences and in energy studies at Stanford University where he also served as a research associate and instructor. In 1978, Rosa joined the WSU faculty of as an assistant professor and coordinator of the Public Opinion Laboratory.

Rosa’s research program has focused on environmental topics–particularly energy, global environmental change, technology and risk issues–with attention to both theoretical and policy concerns. He is currently a member of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Committee charged with reviewing the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan.  The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups from 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 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.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS has worked to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs, and publications, in the areas of science policy, science education and international scientific cooperation. AAAS and its journal, Science, report nearly 140,000 individual and institutional subscribers, plus 272 affiliated organizations in more than 130 countries, serving a total of 10 million individuals. Thus, AAAS is the world’s largest general federation of scientists. Science is an editorially independent, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed weekly that ranks among the world’s most prestigious scientific journals. AAAS administers EurekAlert! <http://www.eurekalert.org>, the online news service, featuring the latest discoveries in science and technology.