Henry Neal Williams, Ph.D., professor for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University's (FAMU) School of the Environment, has been elected as a Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
In October, the AAAS Council elected 443 members as Fellows. Election honors members whose efforts—on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society—have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues.
"This honor is a tribute to the cadre of bright students, postdoctoral associates, collaborators and technicians who...have contributed their ideas, hard work and intellect to my research," Williams said.
According to its website, AAAS is "the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research." Less than one percent of AAAS Fellows represent historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), and Williams is one of only three honorees from an HBCU. His distinction denotes FAMU as the only HBCU in the biological sciences division.
"This is representative of the impact of the research being conducted at FAMU and the faculty who conduct that research," he said. "I hope this achievement will be encouraging to others, especially young student scientists. For me, this is, in part, what this type of recognition is about."
Williams will receive the official certificate and rosette pin—in blue and gold to symbolize science and engineering—on Saturday, February 15 in Seattle during the organization's annual meeting.
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