Two members of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute science faculty have been selected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

This information was brought to our attention on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s site in their post, “Rensselaer Professors Gilbert and Hendler Selected as 2011 AAAS Fellows.” Susan Gilbert, professor and head of biology, and James Hendler, senior constellation professor in the Tetherless World Constellation and head of the information technology and web science program, are the honored ones. They were chosen as two of 539 newly selected AAAS fellows.

Gilbert was recognized for distinguished contributions to our mechanistic understanding of microtubule-dependent molecular motor ATPases involved in cell motility.

Hendler was recognized for fundamental contributions in artificial intelligence, including automated planning, and for the invention of the Semantic Web — the next generation of the World Wide Web (with Tim Berners-Lee and Ora Lassila).

Melody K. Smith

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