Hertel elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Three Purdue University professors have been awarded the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.

The professors are being honored for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

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Thomas Hertel, a distinguished professor of agricultural economics at Purdue, founder and Executive Director of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), fellow and past president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and inaugural recipient of the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award. For outstanding contributions to the quantitative analysis of global food, environment, climate and international trade issues.

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The 2017 fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Friday (Nov. 24) issue of Science, and they will be honored on Feb. 17 at the AAAS annual meeting in Austin.

The tradition of selecting fellows began in 1874. Members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering group of their respective sections, by three fellows or by the association's chief executive officer. Each steering group then reviews nominations within its respective section and forwards a final list to the association's council. The nomination involves all disciplines of science and engineering, which makes it broader than any technical society. Additional information is available online.