BierbaumProfessor Veronica Bierbaum along with Professor William Friedman of ecology, have been elected 2010 fellows of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.

According to AAAS officials, Bierbaum was honored for distinguished contributions to the field of mass spectrometry through pioneering research, innovative teaching and dedicated editorial and administrative service.

Her studies probe the kinetics, dynamics and energies of reactions fundamental to physical organic, atmospheric and interstellar chemistry. Bierbaum has served as an investigator for the National Science Foundation's Partners in Science Education grant, president of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and associate editor of its journal.

Bierbaum also is a member of the Boulder Valley School District Scientific Review Committee and the CU Wizards Program, and is committed to the instruction and improvement of large general chemistry courses.

The two new AAAS fellows join 54 active or emeritus faculty members from CU-Boulder previously elected as fellows of the science association. Their official induction will take place on Feb. 19 at the 2011 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1848, AAAS works to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs and publications in the areas of science policy, science education and international scientific cooperation. AAAS includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals, and publishes the journal Science.

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