Marilee Long, associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University, has been named a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers since 1874.
Long was elected as an AAAS Fellow in the General Interest in Science and Engineering section for her contributions to the public understanding of science, particularly her research on media representations of science and scientists.
Long’s work has centered on how the media can affect support for science, particularly how media can influence children to pursue scientific careers. She is collaborating on a National Science Foundation-funded study on the presentation of scientists in 14 popular TV programs, such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "MythBusters," "The Simpsons" and "Bill Nye the Science Guy."
This year, 449 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 Feb. 17 at the Fellows Forum during the 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. AAAS Fellow inductees will be announced in the AAAS "News & Notes" section of the journal "Science" on Nov. 24.