IntroductionEgenis Director John Dupré has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Election as a Fellow is an honour bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. Its mission is to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.
Prof Dupré said: “I’m delighted by the recognition that election as a Fellow of AAAS implies, not just for my own work, but for the work of all my colleagues in Egenis who have made it possible.
“My work on Darwinism, with which I was very much involved during the 2009 anniversary celebrations, has tried to oppose the dogmatic way that evolutionary theory is often now presented, and to insist that Darwinism remains an active and rapidly developing area of science; Darwin was a brilliant scientist, but we have moved beyond him. This argument draws on the investigations of contemporary biology by myself and a number of Egenis colleagues. I believe, incidentally, that this perspective is essential if Darwin is to be given proper credit as a scientist: science is about progressive improvement of understanding, not rigid doctrine.”
This year 503 members have been awarded this honour because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., USA on 19 February.