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Two CHASS Faculty Members Receive AAAS Honor


By Catherine Szilagyi, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

Richard Sutch
Distinguished Professor of Economics

Thomas C. Patterson
Professor of Anthropology

This month, eight UC Riverside professors will be inaugurated as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the year 2005. The event will take place in St. Louis, on February 18th. The Association announced the names of the eight faculty members receiving the distinction as AAAS Fellow this past October.

Of those eight faculty members to be presented this month at the Fellow’s Forum in St. Louis with their gold and blue rosette pins in representation of their work in the sciences, two of the recipients are from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Distinguished Professor Richard Sutch of the Economics Department and Professor Thomas C. Patterson of the Anthropology Department were the only two within the social sciences to receive the Association’s honor.

This mark of distinction bestowed upon Professor Sutch and Professor Patterson is noteworthy; distinction as an AAAS Fellow is by and large granted to individuals with accomplishments in the natural sciences as opposed to the social sciences. Election as a fellow is an honorable recognition bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers and current AAAS members, and is based on the high quality of the faculty member’s work.

Professor Richard Sutch is being recognized within the Social, Economic, and Political Sciences section for his contribution to economic history, particularly for studies on the emancipation of slaves in the United States and the history of saving and retirement. Sutch is Distinguished Professor of Economics and History, as well as Director of the Center for Social and Economic Policy and the Interim Director of the Biotechnology Impacts Center.

Professor Thomas C. Patterson received his honor for contributions to anthropology, especially theories of class and state formation, South American archaeology, critical analyses of archaeological theory and history of the discipline, within the Anthropology section. Patterson is Distinguished Professor and Department Chair of the Anthropology Department, as well as an author of a vast number of publications in the field of Anthropology.

The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874, with hundreds of members recognized nationally to date. The total number of UCR faculty recognized with this distinction is now 129 as of 2005.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education, and more.


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