January 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 1

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Two Sociologists Elected as AAAS Fellows

In November 2011, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected two sociologists, Myron P. Gutmann and Sally T. Hillsman, among its newly elected 539 fellows. The new AAAS Fellows will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on February 18, 2012, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Colombia. These individuals will receive a certificate and a blue and gold rosette as a symbol of their distinguished accomplishments. The new sociologist members of the class of 2011 AAAS Fellows are in the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences. The sociologist Fellows are:

Myron P. Gutmann is head of the National Science Foundation directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Professor of History and Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. He is an active researcher, with broad interests in interdisciplinary historical topics, especially health, population, economy, and the environment. The SBE directorate supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, social and economic systems, and organizations and institutions. Gutmann specializes in historical demography and population-environment relationships with a focus on Europe and the Americas.

Sally T. Hillsman has been the Executive Officer of the American Sociological Association (ASA) since 2002. She is a research sociologist with expertise in crime, justice, and related evaluation and policy analysis. Prior to becoming ASA’s Executive Officer, Hillsman was the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) at the U.S. Department of Justice from (1996-2002); Vice President for Research and Technology at the National Center for State Courts; and Associate Director and Director of Research at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, where she is now a trustee.

The AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson, and professional association. AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books, and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

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