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Andrew Dessler Named A Fellow In AAAS

November 22, 2017

By Leslie Lee, Texas A&M University College of Geosciences

COLLEGE STATION, Nov. 21, 2017 —  Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M University has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dessler is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and the Earl F. Cook Professor of Geosciences at Texas A&M.

Andrew Dessler
Andrew Dessler

Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year, 396 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be honored Feb. 17 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin.

As part of the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences AAAS section, Dessler was elected as an AAAS Fellow for “outstanding research in atmospheric chemistry and physics, teaching, writing, and community service.”

“We are so proud that Dr. Dessler’s profound contributions to atmospheric and climate science are being honored by the AAAS,” said Debbie Thomas, interim dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M. “This distinction truly is a fitting affirmation of his impact on the field.”

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, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting 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. AAAS is a non-profit, founded in 1848, and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. AAAS’ mission is to “advance science and serve society.”

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Media contact: Leslie Lee, Communications Coordinator, Texas A&M College of Geosciences, (979) 845-0910,; or Nkongho Beteck, AAAS, (202) 326-6434,

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