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UTD’s Da Hsuan Feng Named Vice President
Year-Old Group Seeks to Link Scientists on Both Sides of Atlantic
RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 11, 2003) A top administrator at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has been appointed vice president of the American-European Academy of Sciences (AEAS), a year-old organization designed to bridge the scientific communities on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dr. Da Hsuan Feng, vice president for research and graduate education and a professor of physics at UTD, will represent AEAS in the United States. A second vice president position based in Europe was filled by Prof. Peter Fulde, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems in Germany, a renowned research organization.
Both Feng and his counterpart in Europe received temporary appointments from AEAS President Prof. Guram Adamashvili, an eminent scientist who is currently chairman of the board of presidents of the Georgian Academies of Sciences. The appointments must now be ratified by members of the organization in an election to be conducted in the near future.
" The American-European Academy of Sciences is a profound idea whose time has come," said Feng. "European and North American scientists have had a strong link for the past two centuries, but have lacked a formal vehicle across all fields of science and technology through which scientific leaders from both continents can work together seamlessly and synergistically. AEAS intends to fill that void."
According to Feng, the organization was founded about one year ago by a group of distinguished scientists on both continents, with many founding members coming from Germany, France, the former Soviet Union and the U.S. Just recently, U.S. Rep. Nick Smith , R-Mich., chairman of the Subcommittee on Research of the House Committee on Science, agreed to become affiliated with AEAS.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, AEAS seeks to advance education and research in all fields of science, as well as apply science and technology for the public good.
To be eligible to be an AEAS member, one must have earned a doctoral degree in the sciences, hold a professorship in science or engineering and be recognized for high professional achievement in his or her field.
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