Stacey Lowery Bretz, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Miami University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The AAAS, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science, defines a Fellow as "a member whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished." Fellows must be nominated and are elected annually by the AAAS Council.
In a letter to Lowery Bretz, the AAAS said she is being honored for her “distinguished contributions to chemistry education research, particularly through the infusion of learning theory and the development of meaningful assessments and evaluation procedures.”
Lowery Bretz received a certificate and rosette Feb. 20 during the AAAS Fellows Forum in San Diego.
She is believed to be the first woman at Miami and the first faculty member in the department of chemistry and biochemistry to receive the honor. Three other Miami faculty members, Hardy Eshbaugh, professor emeritus of botany, Richard Lee, Distinguished Professor of zoology, and William McGrew, formerly of anthropology, have been named AAAS Fellows.
Lowery Bretz received the E. Philips Knox Teaching Award at fall commencement Dec. 18. She joined Miami’s faculty in 2005.