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Biology professor honored as AAAS Fellow

October 26, 2007

Loyola University New Orleans professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences Craig S. Hood, Ph.D., has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). As part of the Biological Sciences section, Hood has been elected as an AAAS Fellow for integrating research, teaching, and administration in the context of a teaching university, and for innovative studies in mammalogy with New World bats.

Hood considers himself to be an ecological and evolutionary biologist in the broadest sense of the word. His interests span many aspects of organismal biology, including the phylogeny, cytogenetics, reproduction, and feeding in mammals, especially bats. His current studies focus on body shape evolution in freshwater fish (minnows and darters) and in mammals.

Most recently, Hood and Loyola biology undergraduate researchers have devoted more than three years to investigating the mammals inhabiting the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Hood will present a lecture on his research at the fall meeting of the Orleans Audubon Society entitled, “Discovering the mammals of Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve.”

Election as a Fellow, which began in 1874, is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers 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 on Saturday, February 16, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the Fellows Forum during the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. This year’s AAAS Fellows will also be announced in the AAAS News and Notes section of the journal Science on October 26.

Hood’s lecture at the fall meeting of the Orleans Audubon Society will be held on November 13th, in Monroe Hall, Room 157, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Craig Hood, at chood@loyno.edu or (504) 865-2193.

Rafinesque’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii), captured (and later released) during Hood’s research. Photo by Dr. Craig S. Hood, Loyola University New Orleans.

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