AAAS fellows represent extraordinary achievement across disciplines and a commitment to communicating science to the public

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Six scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected as fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS.

The society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific body and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through the Science family of journals. Since 1874, AAAS fellows represent extraordinary achievement across disciplines and a commitment to communicating science to the public.

ORNL’s new AAAS fellows include:

Forrest Hoffman, group leader for Computational Earth Sciences in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, theme lead for Earth System Modeling in the Climate Change Science Institute and principal investigator for DOE’s multi-institutional RUBISCO Science Focus Area.

Michael McGuire, a scientist in the Correlated Electron Materials Group in the Materials Science and Technology Division.

Thomas Proffen, scientist in the Powder Diffraction Group in the Neutron Scattering Division.

Jeffrey Vetter, head of the Advanced Computing Systems Research Section in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division.

Larry Satkowiak, director of the Nonproliferation Program Office, or NPO, in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division.

Gina Tourassi, director of the National Center for Computational Sciences. Tourassi’s research background and interests are in artificial intelligence, scalable data-driven biomedical discovery, high-performance computing, clinical decision support and human-computer interaction. Her scholarly work includes more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings articles, book chapters and editorials, as well as 15 invention disclosures and patents. She is an elected fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the International Society for Optics and Photonics and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Tourassi is being honored for distinguished contribution in biomedical informatics, particularly using artificial intelligence for diagnostic interpretation of medical images and clinical natural language processing.

New fellows will be recognized during the AAAS Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually Feb. 8–11.

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