Ravi Sandhu
Miguel Yacaman
Top photo: Ravi Sandhu
Bottom photo: Miguel Yacaman

UTSA researchers named AAAS fellows by peers

By Christi Fish
Public Affairs Specialist

(Dec. 18, 2008)--UTSA researchers Ravi Sandhu and Miguel J. Yacaman have been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, an elected honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Professor and Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in Cyber Security, Sandhu serves as the executive director of UTSA's Institute for Cyber Security. Yacaman is a UTSA professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

This year, 486 members have been awarded the honor of fellow by the AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Sandhu and Yacaman each will be presented with an official certificate and a gold rosette pin at the AAAS Fellows Forum Feb. 14 during the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

This year's AAAS fellows will be announced in the AAAS News and Notes section of the journal Science on Dec. 19, 2008.

As part of the Section on Information, Computing and Communication, Sandhu was elected to be an AAAS fellow "for distinguished contributions to cyber security including seminal role-based access control and usage control models, and for professional leadership in research journals and conferences."

As part of the Section on Physics, Yacaman was elected to be an AAAS fellow "for his many contributions in nanotechnology and materials science and in improving education and research in physics in Latin America, particularly in Mexico."

The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association's 24 sections, by any three fellows who are current AAAS members (two of the three sponsors cannot be affiliated with the nominee's institution) or by the AAAS 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 consists 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 of Science.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science. Founded in 1848, AAAS includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science servicing 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS 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. For the latest research news, visit EurekAlert!, the premier science news Web site and a service of AAAS.

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