CORVALLIS, Ore. - Two prominent Oregon State University faculty members have been elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Edward Brook, a professor of geosciences in the newly expanded College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Lynda Ciuffetti, professor and head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, are the new AAAS Fellows. The organization annually elects fellows whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished."

Brook is a leading international expert on the study of ice cores to look at the Earth's climatic history. He frequently publishes in Science, Nature and other top journals and is on the advisory board of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program. He is the lead principal investigator on a major program funded by the National Science Foundation to promote international collaboration and education in ice core sciences.

AAAS notes that Brook is being honored for his "distinguished contributions to the reconstruction and interpretation of climatically important gases in ice cores."

Ciuffetti leads a research group in the College of Agricultural Sciences that investigates the genetic and molecular elements that control pathogenicity. This internationally recognized team is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Ciuffetti is a member of the State Board of Higher Education and past president of the OSU Faculty Senate.

She was cited by AAAS for her "distinguished contributions in research and teaching in plant pathology, particularly in the area of molecular fungal-plant interactions."

Both OSU faculty members will be honored at a forum on Feb. 18 in Vancouver, B.C., during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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