Appelbaum and Bimber Named AAAS Fellows

January 11, 2011
(Santa Barbara, Calif.)

CNS-UCSB is proud to announce that two co-Principal Investigators have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Richard Appelbaum,professor of sociology and global and international studies and leader of CNS-UCSB research group on global innovation, was selected for distinguished contributions to our understanding of labor, human rights, and the contribution of advanced technologies in fostering sustainable, equitable development in emerging economies.

Bruce Bimber, professor of political science and communication, and a lead CNS-UCSB researcher of media representations of nanotechnology and emerging technologies, was cited for distinguished contributions to advancing knowledge about the interfaces of society with science and technology, particularly in the areas of media and politics.

Melvin Oliver, SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences of the College of Letters and Science at UCSB, said: "Rich Appelbaum and Bruce Bimber represent the quintessential UCSB social scientist – interdisciplinary, problem-oriented, and engaged in public life. We are proud that their work is recognized by the world's largest scientific society."

This year, 503 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on February 19 at the AAAS Fellows Forum, during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

This year's AAAS Fellows will be announced in the January edition of the journal Science, in the AAAS News & Notes section.

AAAS was founded in 1848, and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.  The nonprofit AAAS ( includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Its journal Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million.

Read the full UCSB Press Release here.