Legand L. Burge, III elected Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science

Howard University Computer Science professor Legand L. Burge, III has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Burge, a professor and chairman of the Department of Computer Science, is being recognized for his contributions in computer science, particularly in distributed computing, culturally responsive pedagogy in computer science, and for strongly and effectively advocating diversity as an academic administrator. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Burge will be recognized during a ceremony for new fellows Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, during the 2016 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The 347 new fellows from around the globe will be recognized for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Provost Anthony Wutoh commented “As the world’s largest general scientific society, it is truly an honor for AAAS to recognize Dr. Burge for his career contributions in computing. The University looks forward to his continued contributions in this regard.”

Dr. Achielle Messac who came on board in early January 2016 as dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences stated,” “I am glad that Dr. Burge joins other society fellows in our college. Hearing of his selection on my second day as dean was great news. I congratulate him.”

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine (www.sciencetranslationalmedicine.org) and Science Signaling
(www.sciencesignaling.org). AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 254 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.

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