Plant scientist named AAAS fellow

November 02, 2000

BLACKSBURG, VA, November 3, 2000 -- Kriton Hatzios, director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station (VAES) and associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Hatzios, who has been a member of AAAS since 1979, was selected on the basis of his "research and outstanding scholarly contributions advancing the knowledge of mechanisms of actions and selectivity of herbicides." He is one of 251 individuals awarded the distinction of fellow this year.

"I have received numerous awards from other organizations in the past," Hatzios said. "However, being selected to receive the AAAS Fellow Award is a great honor and I look forward to the presentation of this award during the February 2001 meeting of AAAS in San Francisco."

The tradition of AAAS Fellows distinction began in 1874. Prospective fellows may be nominated by the steering group of their section, by three fellows, or by the association's executive office. The AAAS Council, which is the policymaking body of the association, votes on the final list.

With more than 143,000 members and 276 affiliated societies. AAAS represents the world's largest federation of scientists. Founded in 1848, the association works to advance science for human well being through its projects, programs, and publications.

Hatzios joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1979 after earning his doctorate at Michigan State University. He also holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is recognized as a leading researcher in the area of chemical manipulation of crop tolerance to herbicides as well as in herbicide action and metabolism. During his 20 years at Virginia Tech, he has generated competitive funds of more than $1.1 million for the support of his research and scholarly programs and activities.

He has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, including four books, 87 refereed journal articles, seven refereed reviews, 16 book chapters, 10 reviewed proceeding papers, two monographs, and 168 abstracts. He also has presented 58 invited talks, half of which were made in international conferences or institutions.

His other awards include the Southern Weed Science Society's 1997 Scientist of the Year Award; the Weed Science Society's 1995 Fellow Award, 1994 Outstanding Research Award, and 1986 Young Weed Scientist Award; and the 1985 Outstanding Faculty Research Award from the Virginia Tech chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agriculture honor society.
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