May 3, 2011 4:45 p.m.
John C. Avise, Distinguished Professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, one of the world's most prestigious scholarly groups. Founded in 1745 by Benjamin Franklin, it promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities and has slightly more than 1,000 members. "Election to APS is an achievement of unusual distinction," said Brandon Gaut, chair of UCI's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. "John's selection is no doubt based on his outstanding contributions to evolutionary studies and the natural sciences." Avise said: "I feel deeply gratified and humbled by this recognition, which, in truth, mostly reflects the extraordinary efforts of my many students and colleagues across four decades. I hope my APS election will also bring added attention to the overall strength of biological sciences here at UCI."
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