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Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Dr. Ron Amundson, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The award was formally announced in the November 24, 2017, issue of the journal Science.

Each year, the AAAS Council elects members for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Amundson was honored for his contributions to the philosophy of science and bioethics, particularly the study of evolution and social studies of disability. AmundsonÔÇÖs book, The Changing Role of the Embryo in Evolutionary Thought (2005), is a respected analysis of the changes in evolutionary biology that are taking place under the influence of molecular genetics. Several of his articles about disability have argued that the concept of ÔÇťnormalityÔÇŁ was not inferred from biology, but was socially invented.

Amundson came to UH Hilo in 1978. He taught Philosophy courses in theory of knowledge, as well as several courses in the philosophical understandings of various scientific disciplines (anthropology, psychology, linguistics, and astronomy). Amundson served as Chair of the Philosophy Department and was a member of the ChancellorÔÇÖs Committee on Disability Access. At the UH System level, he served on the UH Research Council and the Systemwide Disability Access Committee. Amundson retired from teaching in 2012.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the worldÔÇÖs largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science ( and other scientific journals. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

The AAAS Fellows of 2017 will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin on February 17, 2018 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

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