A pair of University of South Carolina professors, Douglas Anderton and Stephen Morgan — specializing respectively in sociology and chemistry — recently attained the title of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Both teach in the institution’s College of Arts and Sciences in Columbia and join a list of over two dozen additional faculty members to earn the distinction for 2016. All AAAS fellows, who were nominated by their peers, are featured in the association’s journal, Science.
“Being named AAAS Fellow is a great honor and Drs. Anderton and Morgan are well-deserving of the distinction," Lacy Ford, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said. "Each of them exemplifies what it means to be a researcher and a scholar, and I’m proud to have them represent the College of Arts and Sciences and the entire university.”
Anderton, who specializes in demography, environmental and epigenetic health and statistics, is studying fertility and population, particularly patterns in age distribution, life expectancy and mortality. A member of several national statistical and research associations, Anderton earned his master’s in economics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Utah.
Morgan combines chemistry with data analysis to develop problem-solving applications for global use. Recently he developed blood detection techniques potentially useful at crime scenes — leading to work with both the FBI and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division. Additionally, Morgan developed ways to preserve magnetic tape recordings. He often collaborates with colleagues and has mentored extensively.
AAAS, based in Washington, D.C., has awarded its fellowships since 1874, with 391 members selected this year.