AAAS and UTSA announces 2008 Fellows Ravi Sandhu and Miguel Yacaman

December 18, 2008

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers Ravi Sandhu, Ph.D. and Miguel J. Yacaman, Ph.D. have been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, an elected honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Sandhu, professor and Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in Cyber Security, serves as the executive director for UTSA's Institute for Cyber Security. Yacaman is a UTSA professor and chair of its Physics and Astronomy Department.

This year, 486 members have been awarded the honor of Fellow by the AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Sandhu and Yacaman will each be presented with an official certificate and a gold rosette pin on Saturday, February 14, 2009 from 8-10 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

This year's AAAS Fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Dec. 19, 2008.

As part of the Section on Information, Computing and Communication, Sandhu was elected to be an AAAS fellow "for distinguished contributions to cyber security, including seminal role-based access control and usage control models, and for professional leadership in research journals and conferences."

As part of the Section on Physics, Yacaman was elected to be an AAAS fellow "for his many contributions in nanotechnology and materials science, and in improving education and research in physics in Latin America, particularly in Mexico."

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, 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.

Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consists 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.
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The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and the second largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a premier public research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves more than 28,400 students in 64 bachelor's, 46 master's and 21 doctoral degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. The AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, servicing 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the work, with an estimated total readership of one million. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the latest research news, log on to EurekAlert!, the premier science news Web site, a service of AAAS.

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