(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Cheryl Lyn Walker, Ph.D., director of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston, was named a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Walker was named a fellow in the AAAS Section on Biological Sciences for her “seminal contributions integrating cancer research, women’s health and environmental health sciences, and distinguished international service as President of the Society of Toxicology.”
Dr. Walker was appointed director of the TAMHSC-Institute of Biosciences and Technology in July after serving as the Ruth and Walter Sterling Professor of Carcinogenesis at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Establishing a program in cancer research here, she also holds the Endowed Welch Chair in Chemistry and is a clinical professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.
The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, by any three fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution) or by the AAAS CEO.
Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section, and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.
The council is the policymaking body of the AAAS, chaired by the AAAS president and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.
For 2011, 539 members were awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows were presented with an official certificate and gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin during the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting.