Former Director Bruce Tarter Named AAAS Fellow

Oct. 30, 2003

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Former Director Bruce Tarter Named AAAS Fellow

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Former Laboratory Director Bruce Tarter has been elected to the rank of Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.

Tarter is being honored for his "distinguished leadership of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in transforming the science base for post-Cold War national security and for sustained contributions to national science policy," according to the award citation.

Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of AAAS and the executive publisher of Science magazine, called the award "a well-deserved recognition" for Tarter's accomplishments.

Tarter will officially receive his award, a certificate and rosette, in February at the annual AAAS gathering in Seattle.

" I am honored to be named a fellow of AAAS," Tarter said. "However, this award is really one that goes to all of the people in the Laboratory who worked so hard and effectively to create the Stockpile Stewardship Program."

Tarter served as director of LLNL from 1994 to 2002, the second longest tenure in the history of the Lab. During those years Tarter was instrumental in leading the Laboratory out of its Cold War missions and into one of continued national security through the science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program.

Tarter's rank of Fellow falls under the AAAS section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering.
Each year, a group of peers selects AAAS members to become fellows. Awarded to 348 members this year, these researchers have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts to advance science or foster applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Founded in 1848, AAAS has worked to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs, and publications, in the areas of science policy, science education and international scientific cooperation. AAAS and its journal, Science, report nearly 140,000 individual and institutional subscribers, plus 272 affiliated organizations in more than 130 countries, serving a total of 10 million individuals.


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