Three Rutgers scholars are among 531 scientists the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elevated to the rank of fellow. The pre-eminent national scientific organization selects fellows based on their efforts in advancing science or fostering applications considered scientifically or socially distinguished.
- Susan M. Cachel is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the graduate interdisciplinary Quaternary Studies Program. She studies the origins of higher primates; the origins the human family (hominization); the origins of anatomically modern humans; and evolutionary processes such as speciation and extinction.
- Lee Clarke is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences. Clarke works on problems concerning the environment, disaster, complex organizations and science.
- James M. Tepper is a professor in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark. His primary research interests center around understanding the functional organization of the basal ganglia, a group of interrelated subcortical nuclei in the brain that promote voluntary movement, certain types of learning as well as higher cognitive functions.
Joining the 40 previous Rutgers fellows, the new inductees will be presented with an official certificate and a gold rosette pin Saturday, Feb. 20, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.