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For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

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AAAS and Touro University California Announce 2018 Fellows

Touro’s Dr. Andrea Taylor is the 2018 Fellow for her work in Anthropology


Vallejo, CA (November 29, 2018): Touro University California is proud to announce that Dr. Andrea B. Taylor has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advance of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 416 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Dr. Taylor is a Professor of Basic Science in TUC’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Director of the Musculoskeletal Design and Performance Lab. As part of the Anthropology Section, Dr. Taylor was elected as an AAAS Fellow for transformational contributions to our understanding of primate functional morphology and feeding mechanics and for advancing the status and careers of women in biological anthropology.

“We congratulate Andrea Taylor on being named an AAAS Fellow,” said CAO and Provost Dr. Sarah Sweitzer. “This is a prestigious award that recognizes her scientific contributions that have advanced our understanding of the relationships of craniofacial morphology and biomechanics to feeding and non-feeding behaviors across genders and species.”

In addition, Dr. Taylor was awarded this honor for her commitment to promoting equity for women in biological anthropology. To that end, she formed the Committee on Diversity Women’s Initiative of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in 2014. “As part of this initiative, we promote equity for women scholars by fostering an environment in which women are encouraged, supported and respected throughout their careers,” said Dr. Taylor. “Since we formed, we have provided professional development opportunities for women scholars to 140 participants across the US and internationally.”

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, February 16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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 three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. AAAS Fellow’s lifetime honor comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.

Each steering group 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 consisting 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.

About The American Association for the Advancement of Science: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 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. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! (www.eurekalert.org), the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS. See www.aaas.org.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.