Dr. David Myers, Professor of Psychology, was elected Fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Myers was chosen for distinguished contributions to the field of social psychology and communication of psychological science to students and the public.
A total of 347 AAAS members have been elected Fellows this year, and Myers is one of only three from undergraduate colleges and only eight in psychology. Most Fellows are from institutions such as national or private research laboratories, scientific associations and comprehensive universities.
The new Fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science
on November 27; they will be honored in February during the 2016 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
“David Myers’ designation as an AAAS Fellow is a recognition of his career-long devotion to educating all of us about the power of science in shaping our individual and collective lives,” said Dr. Scott VanderStoep. “As one of psychology’s public intellectuals, his writing regularly reminds us of the importance of making decisions based on sound methodology, rigorous data analysis and wise discernment and interpretation of results. Dave’s message to us is information over instinct, wisdom over whim. Through the writing of his texts and popular-press books, he has been a professor to millions of students. I’m proud to be one of them.”