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Lowery Bretz elected a Fellow of AAAS

02/24/2010

Stacey Lowery Bretz, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Miami University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The AAAS, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science, defines a Fellow as "a member whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished." Fellows must be nominated and are elected annually by the AAAS Council.

In a letter to Lowery Bretz, the AAAS said she is being honored for her “distinguished contributions to chemistry education research, particularly through the infusion of learning theory and the development of meaningful assessments and evaluation procedures.”

Lowery Bretz received a certificate and rosette Feb. 20 during the AAAS Fellows Forum in San Diego.

She is believed to be the first woman at Miami and the first faculty member in the department of chemistry and biochemistry to receive the honor. Three other Miami faculty members, Hardy Eshbaugh, professor emeritus of botany, Richard Lee, Distinguished Professor of zoology, and William McGrew, formerly of anthropology, have been named AAAS Fellows.

Lowery Bretz received the E. Philips Knox Teaching Award at fall commencement Dec. 18. She joined Miami’s faculty in 2005.

Lowery Bretz's first AAAS meeting

Lowery Bretz attended her first AAAS meeting when she was 17 years old, as a delegate of the Ohio Junior Academy of Science. Mr. Lynn Elfner, CEO of the Ohio Academy of Science (part of the state network for AAAS) invited her to present her high school research, which had been chosen as the best chemistry project in the state by Dow Chemical. “I went to that AAAS meeting in Los Angeles on my first airplane ride to present my poster, even though it meant missing my last three days of high school, including graduation practice,” said Lowery Bretz.
“To my sincere delight, Lynn was also at this year’s meeting, mentoring another group of stellar young scientists from Ohio.” Lowery met with the students during their poster sessions.
“I surely did not fully appreciate where I was and with whom (the caliber of top world scientists) as a 17 year old. But never in my wildest dreams might have I imagined I would return 25 years later to be inducted as a Fellow!” she added.

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