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David Oxtoby Named a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science

David W. Oxtoby, president of Pomona College, has been awarded the distinction Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Fellows are selected based on their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Oxtoby was recognized by the AAAS Chemistry Section “for career-long contributions to understanding dynamics of liquids and gases, and for energetic leadership in strengthening undergraduate education.”

He became president of Pomona College in 2003, following a long career as a professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago where he was dean of physical sciences. He is a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College, and earlier this year was elected to the Board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

As a research chemist, Oxtoby is author or co-author of more than 165 scientific articles and co-authored two nationally popular textbooks in chemistry, “Principles of Modern Chemistry,” (with H. Pat Gillis) now in its fifth edition and in use at institutions across the country; and “Chemistry: Science of Change,” (with Wade Freeman and Toby Block) which is now in its fourth edition and has been translated into Italian and Korean. He has also been invited as a guest lecturer at conferences and institutions around the globe.

This year’s class of AAAS Fellows numbers 449. They were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 24, 2006.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 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 tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874.