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December 2016

Two Sociologists Elected as AAAS Fellows

Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) In October 2016, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council selected two sociologists—Douglas L. Anderton and Stanley Presser—among its newly elected 391 fellows. The new AAAS Fellows will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on February 18, 2017, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. These individuals will receive a certificate and a rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments. The new Fellows are in the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences. The sociologist Fellows are:

Douglas L. Anderton is Chair of the Department of Sociology and a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina. In addition to the AAAS, he is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the Social Research Association, elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and former Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His research emphasizes statistical demography with application to population-environment interactions, environmental health, and historical demography. He is an author of over 60 major journal articles and several books, including Demography: Study of Human Populations (2015), Population of the United States (1998), Fertility on the Frontier (1993), an edited volume on Public Sociology (2006), and an series of eight volumes on Readings in Population Research Methodology (1997).

Stanley Presser is interested in the interface between social psychology and survey measurement. His research focuses on questionnaire design and testing, the accuracy of survey responses, nonresponse, and ethical issues stemming from the use of human subjects. His books include Questions and Answers in Attitude Surveys (with Howard Schuman), Survey Questions (with Jean Converse), and Methods for Testing and Evaluating Survey Questionnaires (chief editor). In addition to being professor of sociology, he teaches in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, which he founded in 1992 with colleagues at the University of Michigan and Westat, Inc. He has served as editor of Public Opinion Quarterly, was president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association. Presser was director of the Maryland Survey Research Center from 1989 to 2000.

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