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Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. Daniel E. Brown, professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Brown is one of 486 AAAS members to be awarded the honor this year. The award is bestowed upon members by their peers, based upon their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

“I was quite surprised to learn of my election as a Fellow, and confess I was initially unsure of what this was all about when first contacted,” Brown said. “I am honored and humbled to have been chosen by my peers to receive this distinction.”

As part of the Section on Anthropology, Brown was recognized for his distinguished research on effects of cultural factors on human health, and for institutional development and service at UH Hilo. In addition to his faculty assignment, Brown serves as coordinator for Research & Graduate Studies and director of the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program.

Brown will be presented with an original certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

“This is a well deserved honor,” said Chancellor Rose Tseng. “Dan is not only a top-notch researcher, but has been a leader in our effort to encourage research at UH Hilo. I’m very pleased to see that his efforts have been recognized by such a prestigious organization.”

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. The organization was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of
one million.

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