Professor David Schaffer joins four other Berkeley faculty members who have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon the society’s members by their peers.
They are among 443 members awarded the honor this year because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of Science and five other journals.
David Schaffer, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of bioengineering, has been elected “for pioneering contributions to biomolecular engineering, with particular attention to directed evolution to create viruses for the efficient, targeted and safe delivery of gene medicines.” He is director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center, a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute.
The new fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin in gold and blue — representing science and engineering, respectively — on Saturday, Feb. 15, during the 2020 AAAS annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.