AAAS Honors Cola, Fox and Weitz as Fellows

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Mary Frank Fox has been named AAAS Fellow for 2917. She is known for her research on women and men in scientific organizations and occupations. Fox is nationally recognized as a leader on issues of diversity, equity, and equity in science.

Using nanometer-scale components, researchers have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current. 

Professor Joshua Weitz has been named AAAS Fellow for 2017. His group uses models to predict the effects of viruses on populations and on ecosystems, but his work encompasses many complex biological systems.

Baratunda Cola has been named AAAS Fellow for 2017. Cola (seen on left) may be best known for engineering the first-ever optical rectenna. A rectifying antenna turns electromagnetic waves into direct current electricity, and Cola’s invention was the first known to work with sunlight instead of radio waves, making it an innovation in efficient solar energy generation.