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January 13, 2011

Sigma Xi's Jerome Baker Elected AAAS Fellow

Jerome F. BakerRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Jerome F. Baker, executive director of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Baker was cited "for distinguished contributions to the field of animal genetics, and for scientific leadership as CEO of Sigma Xi and the Federation of Animal Science Societies." This year 503 members have been awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Baker came to Sigma Xi in 2008 from the Federation of Animal Science Societies in Savoy, Ill., where he was chief executive officer. He has more than 25 years of professional experience as an animal scientist.

Baker is a former executive director and treasurer of the American Society of Animal Science and has been a faculty member at the University of Georgia, Texas A&M University and the University of Nebraska.

A native of Sibley, Iowa, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in animal breeding from Texas A&M University.

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, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Each steering group then 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 Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers. Membership is by invitation, in recognition of research potential or achievement. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist, the non-profit Society awards hundreds of grants annually to student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.


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