UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Consuelo De Moraes, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
This year, 539 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin in February during the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
As part of the Section on Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources, De Moraes was elected as an AAAS Fellow for her distinguished contributions to the fields of entomology and chemical ecology, particularly with regard to research on plant-insect interactions.
De Moraes' research focuses on chemically mediated ecological interactions among plants, insect herbivores and parasitoids. She studies the defensive responses of plants to insect feeding, including the production and release of volatile compounds that mediate chemical communication among plants and between plants and the natural enemies of insect herbivores.
De Moraes previously received several awards and honors, including the Early Career Innovation Award from the Entomological Society of America, the DuPont Young Professor Award, the Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal, Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. Founded in 1848, AAAS includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.