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November 4, 2004

Two profs are AAAS Fellows

An emeritus UW atmospheric sciences professor and a chemistry professor who left the university last week are among 308 scientists nationwide to be named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor is given to individuals because of their efforts to advance science or applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Norbert Untersteiner and Weston Borden, who left the UW for a position at the University of North Texas, will be formally honored during the AAAS annual meeting in February in Washington, D.C.

Untersteiner earned a doctorate in 1950 from the University of Innsbruck in Austria and came to the UW in 1962 as a research associate professor in meteorology and coordinator of the Polar Research Group. He assumed emeritus status in 1997.

His AAAS fellowship is for distinguished contributions to the organization’s Arctic Division in atmospheric sciences and arctic research.

Borden received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1968 and joined the UW chemistry faculty in 1972.

His AAAS fellowship is for fundamental discoveries about the structures and energies of substances called reactive intermediates, and the transition states of organic reactions from theoretical, computational and experimental research.

AAAS was founded in 1848 and is the world’s largest general scientific society. It publishes the journal Science, which has the largest circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world.