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Roger Christianson, an emeritus professor of biology at Southern Oregon University, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

He was recognized for his “exemplary service as the AAAS Pacific Division leader since 2002.” Christianson was originally elected to a three-year term as the Pacific Division’s executive director and has served in that role for the past 15 years.

Christianson is one of 396 AAAS members nationwide who were honored this year as fellows. He is one of just nine 2017 AAAS Fellows in Oregon, and the only one outside of the University of Oregon (with six) and Oregon State University (with two).

Christianson coordinated and taught in SOU’s general biology program for non-majors from 1980 until he retired from active teaching in 2014. He served as chair of the Biology Department from 1996 to 2003.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in cellular and organismal biology and his master’s degree and doctorate in biology, all from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science publication. The AAAS was founded in 1848 and currently has more than 120,000 members.

Those who were named as fellows this year will be recognized during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting on Feb. 17 in Austin, Texas and formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Nov. 24 issue of the journal Science.