Gerald R. Fink, professor of genetics and founding member of the Whitehead Institute at MIT, has been chosen to serve as president-elect of AAAS. He will begin his three-year term as an officer and member of the Executive Committee of the AAAS Board of Directors on 19 February 2013, at the close of the 179th Annual Meeting in Boston.
Fink, who served as director of the Whitehead Institute from 1990 to 2001, is a pioneering researcher in the field of yeast molecular biology. His discovery of transformation in yeast permitted the genetic engineering of this organism, which paved the way for advances in basic science and the development of novel pharmaceuticals. He has also been active in science policy, including his work as chair of the 2003 National Academy of Sciences committee that offered critical national guidance on how to meet the threat of bioterrorism without jeopardizing scientific progress.
He received his Ph.D. in genetics from Yale University. A past president of the Genetics Society of America, he is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the American Philosophical Society, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
At the close of the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Phillip A. Sharp will begin his term as AAAS president. Sharp is a 1983 Nobel Prize winner and professor at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT.
The former president, William H. Press, will become chairman of the AAAS Board of Directors. Press is a professor of computer science and integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin, and member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
Here are the full election results, with all terms beginning 19 February 2012:
General ElectionPresident: Gerald R. FinkBoard of Directors: Claire M. Fraser; Elizabeth F. LoftusCommittee on Nominations: Judy R. Franz; Barbara J. Grosz; Peter S. Kim; Mario J. Molina
Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable ResourcesChair Elect: Sally MackenzieMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Pamela C. RonaldElectorate Nominating Committee: Mary Susan Moran; Linda L. Walling
Section on AnthropologyChair Elect: Nina G. JablonskiMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: George R. MilnerElectorate Nominating Committee: Agustín Fuentes; Lisa SattenspielCouncil Delegate: Clark Spencer Larsen
Section on AstronomyChair Elect: Robert P. KirshnerMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Edward L. (Ned) WrightElectorate Nominating Committee: Edmund Bertschinger; Margaret MeixnerCouncil Delegate: Eugene H. Levy
Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric SciencesChair Elect: Antonio J. Busalacchi, Jr.Member-at-Large of the Section Committee: Ana P. BarrosElectorate Nominating Committee: Diane M. McKnight; Patricia K. Quinn
Section on Biological SciencesChair Elect: Dennis J. ThieleMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Bonnie BartelElectorate Nominating Committee: Tom Curran; Suzanne SandmeyerCouncil Delegate: James R. Broach; Judy Callis; Lynn Cooley; Jessica Gurevitch; George A. O’Toole; Nancy C. Walworth
Section on ChemistryChair Elect: Thomas E. MalloukMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Susannah ScottElectorate Nominating Committee: Shelia S. David; David A. WinkCouncil Delegate: Judith N. Burstyn; Marisa C. Kozlowski; Donna J. Nelson
Section on Dentistry and Oral Health SciencesChair Elect: Luisa Ann DiPietroMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Ichiro NishimuraElectorate Nominating Committee: Paulette Spencer; Thomas E. Van Dyke
Section on EducationChair Elect: Cathryn A. ManducaMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Melanie M. CooperElectorate Nominating Committee: Penny J. Gilmer; Ramon E. Lopez
Section on EngineeringChair Elect: Nicholas A. PeppasMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Ilesanmi “Ade” AdesidaElectorate Nominating Committee: William E. Bentley; Edmund G. Seebauer
Section on General Interest in Science and EngineeringChair Elect: Terry DevittMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Mariette DiChristinaElectorate Nominating Committee: Lynn E. Elfner; Katherine E. Rowan
Section on Geology and GeographyChair Elect: William H. SchlesingerMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Stephen G. WellsElectorate Nominating Committee: Mary Anne Holmes; Paul L. KochCouncil Delegate: Ben A. van der Pluijm
Section on History and Philosophy of ScienceChair Elect: Anita GuerriniMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Diana Kormos BuchwaldElectorate Nominating Committee: Richard M. Burian; John Dupré
Section on Industrial Science and TechnologyChair Elect: Steven W. PopperMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Gary L. MessingElectorate Nominating Committee: Paul S. Drzaic; Edmund G. Seebauer
Section on Information, Computing, and CommunicationChair Elect: J.J. Garcia-Luna AcevesMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: William GroppElectorate Nominating Committee: Tom M. Mitchell; Peter Norvig
Section on Linguistics and Language ScienceChair Elect: Sandra ChungMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Carol A. PaddenElectorate Nominating Committee: Mark C. Baker; James Pustejovsky
Section on MathematicsChair Elect: David M. BressoudMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Susan FriedlanderElectorate Nominating Committee: Susanne C. Brenner; Barbara Lee KeyfitzCouncil Delegate: Deborah F. Lockhart
Section on Medical SciencesChair Elect: Karen H. AntmanMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Scott D. EmrElectorate Nominating Committee: Jeffrey I. Cohen; Joseph Loscalzo
Section on NeuroscienceChair Elect: Pat LevittMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Joshua R. SanesElectorate Nominating Committee: William Mobley; Peter L. StrickCouncil Delegate: Harry T. Orr
Section on Pharmaceutical SciencesChair Elect: Deanna L. KroetzMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Kathleen M. GiacominiElectorate Nominating Committee: Stephen V. Frye; Margaret O. James
Section on PhysicsChair Elect: Susan N. CoppersmithMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Don Q. LambElectorate Nominating Committee: David D. Awschalom; Sharon C. GlotzerCouncil Delegate: Arthur Bienenstock; Philip W. Phillips
Section on PsychologyChair Elect: James L. McClellandMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Lynne M. RederElectorate Nominating Committee: Morton Ann Gernsbacher; Judith F. Kroll
Section on Social, Economic, and Political SciencesChair Elect: Barbara Boyle TorreyMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Elizabeth CookseyElectorate Nominating Committee: Kaye Husbands Fealing; Ronald R. Rindfuss
Section on Societal Impacts of Science and EngineeringChair Elect: James R. FlemingMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Caroline S. WagnerElectorate Nominating Committee: Jennifer Sue Bond; Stephen D. Nelson
Section on StatisticsChair Elect: David L. DeMetsMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Joan F. HiltonElectorate Nominating Committee: James L. Rosenberger; Bin Yu