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AAAS Annual Election Section Results

The AAAS elections for Section candidates for Chair, Council Member, Nominations/Leadership Development Chair, Early-Career, and Non-Academic Representative were held from January 24, 2024, to February 5, 2024. Section-elected Leaders are listed below and will begin their terms on March 15, 2024. 

Congratulations to the newly elected Section leaders! If you are a member, click on your Section's name below to navigate to your Section's Member Community page. If you are not a member, learn more here.

Chair 
Karen Koch, University of Florida 

Council 
Bryan W. Brooks, Baylor University 

Early-Career Representative 
Sixue Chen, University of Mississippi 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Carl E. Sams, The University of Tennessee 

Non-Academic Representative 
Michael Grusak, USDA Agricultural Research Service 

Chair: 
Denise F. Su, Arizona State University 

Council 
Nathaniel J. Dominy, Dartmouth College 

Early-Career Representative 
Jesse R. Goliath, Mississippi State University 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Wirt (Chip) Henry Wills, University of New Mexico 

Non-Academic Representative 
Kim Laurel Smith-Stout, Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona, Capital Habeas Unit 

Chair: 
Rita Maria Sambruna, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 

Council 
Robert D. Mathieu, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Early-Career Representative 
Marco Ajello, Clemson University 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Catherine Espaillat, Boston University 

Non-Academic Representative 
Amy Simon, NASA 

Chair: 
Elizabeth W. Boyer, The Pennsylvania State University 

Council 
Roger M. Wakimoto, University of California, Los Angeles 

Early-Career Representative 
Sarah Worden, University of California, Los Angeles 

Non-Academic Representative 
Ali H. Omar, NASA Langley Research Center 

Chair 
Jessica Gurevitch, Purdue University 

Council 
Enrique M. De La Cruz, Yale University 

Early-Career Representative 
Claudia Gabriela Vásquez, University of Washington 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Susan K. Dutcher, Washington University in St. Louis 

Non-Academic Representative 
Sharlene Cho Weatherwax, U.S. Department of Energy (Retired) 

Chair 
Julia Chan, Baylor University 

Council 
Angela K. Wilson, Michigan State University 

Early-Career Representative 
Megan M. Butala, University of Florida 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Kristin Bowman-James, University of Kansas 

Non-Academic Representative 
Sue Brannon Clark, Savannah River National Laboratory 

Chair 
Hatice Hasturk, The Forsyth Institute 

Council 
Ichiro Nishimura, University of California, Los Angeles 

Early-Career Representative 
Mathew Thoppil, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Pamela C. Yelick, Tufts University 

Non-Academic Representative 
Marcelo Freire, J. Craig Venter Institute 

Chair 
Okhee Lee, New York University 

Council 
Deborah Allen, University of Delaware (Retired) 

Early-Career Representative 
Darryl Reano, Arizona State University 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Michael C. Lach, Township High School District 113 

Non-Academic Representative 
Kenneth L. Huff, Mill Middle School 

Chair: 
Jennifer L. West, University of Virginia 

Council 
Steven M. Cramer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Early-Career Representative 
Shuwen Yue, Cornell University 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Laura A. Albert, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Non-Academic Representative 
Sankar Basu, National Science Foundation 

Chair: 
Patricia Ward, Museum of Science and Industry Chicago 

Council 
Marilee Long, Colorado State University 

Early-Career Representative 
Se Jeong, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Asheley R. Landrum, Arizona State University 

Non-Academic Representative 
Tinsley Davis, National Association of Science Writers 

Chair 
Sally E. Walker, University of Georgia 

Council 
Carolyn Olson, United States Geological Survey 

Early-Career Representative 
Savannah Collins-Key, University of Tennessee 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas-Austin 

Non-Academic Representative 
Marilyn Suiter, National Science Foundation* (*Serving in a personal capacity) 

Chair 
Hanne Andersen, University of Copenhagen 

Council 
Robert Tatnall Pennock, Michigan State University 

Early-Career Representative 
Jessica R. Avery, DePaul University 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Conevery Bolton Valencius, Boston College 

Non-Academic Representative 
Matthew Shindell, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 

Chair 
Walter Copan, Colorado School of Mines 

Council 
Barbara A. Jones, IBM Quantum 

Early-Career Representative 
Arika Marchetti, University of Kansas Medical Center 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Burak Ozpineci, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

Non-Academic Representative 
Celia Merzbacher, Quantum Economic Development Consortium 

Chair: 
Moshe Y. Vardi, Rice University 

Council 
William Douglas Gropp, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Early-Career Representative 
Olga Pearce, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Elisa Bertino, Purdue University 

Non-Academic Representative 
Ram Duvvuru Sriram, National Institute of Standards and Technology 

Chair 
Melissa Michaud Baese-Berk, University of Chicago 

Council 
Eric Potsdam, University of Florida 

Early-Career Representative 
Hannah Mechtenberg, University of Connecticut 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Andrea Sims, The Ohio State University 

Non-Academic Representative 
Cindy Blanco, Duolingo Company 

Chair 
Peter Ebenfelt, University of California, San Diego 

Council 
Barbara Lee Keyfitz, Ohio State University (Retired) 

Early-Career Representative 
Luis Sordo Vieira, University of Florida 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Mariel Vázquez, University of California, Davis 

Non-Academic Representative 
Juan Mario Restrepo, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

Chair 
Maryellen Giger, University of Chicago 

Council 
Avery August, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine 

Early-Career Representative 
Andrew James Schaumberg, Veterans Affairs 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Martha I. Dávila-García, Howard University College of Medicine 

Non-Academic Representative 
Ann Elizabeth Taylor, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 

Chair 
Hollis Tremaine Cline, The Scripps Research Institute 

Council 
Allan Basbaum, University of California, San Francisco 

Early-Career Representative 
Corey C. Harwell, University of California, San Francisco 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Elly Nedivi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Non-Academic Representative 
Marco Giorgetti, Neumora Therapeutics 

Chair 
John David Schuetz, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 

Council 
John L. Nitiss, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Early-Career Representative 
Kristina Brooks, University of Colorado 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair 
Duxin Sun, University of Michigan 

Chair: 
Shirley Chiang, University of California, Davis 

Council: 
Laura J. Pyrak-Nolte, Purdue University 

Early-Career Representative: 
Shaowei Li, University of California, San Diego 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair: 
Jennifer L. Ross, Syracuse University 

Non-Academic Representative: 
Robert Bernstein, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Chair: 
Wendy Berry Mendes, Yale University 

Council: 
Roxane Cohen Silver, University of California, Irvine 

Early-Career Representative: 
Tyler Jimenez, University of Washington 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair: 
Ayanna K. Thomas, Tufts University 

Non-Academic Representative: 
Laura L. Namy, Institute of Education Sciences 

Chair: 
Felice J. Levine, American Educational Research Association 

Council: 
Christopher B. Barrett, Cornell University 

Early-Career Representative: 
Heather M. Washington, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair: 
Barbara Lynn Schneider, Michigan State University 

Non-Academic Representative: 
Jacqueline "Jack” Meszaros, National Science Foundation 

Chair: 
Michael J. Holland, University of Pittsburgh 

Council: 
Sarah M. Rovito, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair: 
Stephanie J. Bird, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Retired) 

Non-Academic Representative: 
Jeffrey M. Alexander, RTI International 

Chair: 
Katherine Bennett Ensor, Rice University 

Council: 
Josée Dupuis, McGill University 

Early-Career Representative: 
Giri Gopalan, Los Alamos National Lab 

Nominations and Leadership Development Chair: 
David Lane Banks, Duke University 

Non-Academic Representative: 
David J. Corliss, Grafham Analytics