National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) alumni researchers Ugo Bertocci and William H. Kirchhoff were recently elected as 2008 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
The two scientists are among 486 AAAS members cited "for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications." Bertocci is recognized for "pioneering contributions to the spectroelectrochemical and theoretical studies of metal surfaces and corrosion properties" while Kirchhoff receives his acknowledgment for work at the Department of Energy (in between tenures at NIST) "as an administrator of a major federal program of basic research in chemical physics and computational chemistry."
New fellows will be honored on Feb. 14 at an event during the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill. For more information and the full list of the 2008 AAAS Fellows, go to http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/fellows/new_fellows.shtml.