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Stanford Report, December 13, 2000
Four Stanford scholars elected as Fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently announced its newly elected Fellows, who have distinguished themselves through their advances in the sciences. Professors Gordon E. Brown, Steven Chu, Sidney D. Drell and Elizabeth Closs Traugott are among AAAS members elevated to this rank.

Gordon E. Brown, the Dorrell William Kirby Professor of Geology and a professor at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, was honored for fundamental contributions to condensed matter physics data and principles governing mineral lattice energetics, speciations in melts and atomistics of aqueous fluid-solid surface interactions.

Steven Chu, the Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, was cited for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.

Sidney D. Drell, professor emeritus and former deputy director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, was chosen for lasting contributions to the theories of particles and fields, for leadership of research in high-energy physics and for influential scientific work toward international arms control and national security.

Elizabeth Closs Traugott, professor of linguistics and English, was selected for studies advancing the understanding of syntactic and semantic change through time, particularly in English, and in languages in general.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS, with its 143,000 members, represents the world's largest federation of scientists and conducts programs in the areas of science policy, science education and international scientific cooperation. AAAS publishes the peer-reviewed journal Science, as well as electronic features on the World Wide Web.