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Stony Brook University Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows

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Stony Brook, NY – April 18, 2024 – Stony Brook University’s Judith “Judi” Brown Clarke, Anatoly I. Frenkel, and Richard K. Larson were recently named 2023 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows.

According to the Council of the AAAS, election as a Fellow honors “members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science, or its applications, are scientifically or socially distinguished.” 

As AAAS Fellows, Clarke, Frenkel, and Larson join the ranks of distinguished scientists, engineers, and innovators who have been recognized for their contributions in the areas of academia, research, and science communications. Notable AAAS Fellows include Thomas Edison, W.E.B DuBois, and Irwin M. Jacobs.

Clarke, Frenkel, and Larson will be recognized for their achievements at the Fellows Forum, an event held during the AAAS Annual Meeting, where they will be presented with a certificate and a blue and gold rosette. 

Judi Brown Clarke, PhD

Judi Brown Clarke is the Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for Stony Brook University and Health System at Stony Brook University. Her alma mater is Western Michigan University, where she earned her PhD in Public Policy and Administration in 2007.

Judi Clarke was nominated for bringing over two decades of experience as a driving force behind transformative research, innovation and broader impacts.  With a proven track record of successful partnership building and collaboration, she excels in enhancing organizational structures for high performance and engaging diverse stakeholders such as communities, industries, government agencies, and NGOs.

Throughout her career, Judi has championed interdisciplinary research, mentored students and early career faculty, and advocated for resources to increase research, entrepreneurship, and economic development initiatives. Currently she holds key positions including co-chair of the AAU CDO Steering Committee, chair of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and membership on the AAAS’ Section Q-Education Committee and Section X-Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. 

Over the past 15 years, she has served on review panels for NSF, NIH, NASA and DOE, as well as, being an external advisor on numerous multi-institutional research centers like the e Center for Cellular Construction, Center for Nuclear Astrophysics across Messengers, and the Center for the Oldest Ice Exploration.

“I am both humbled and honored to be named a 2023 AAAS Fellow, recognizing my dedication to advancing science and research with a focus on inclusion and high performance,” Clarke said. “Being acknowledged among such esteemed leaders is an even greater honor and I am committed to continuing my pursuit of excellence in diversity and furthering a research mission that is equitable for all.”

Judi Brown Clarke is honored in the Education section for her distinguished contributions to the field of geoscience education research, policy, and service to diverse scholars in her advocacy for belonging, access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Anatoly I. Frenkel, PhD

Anatoly I. Frenkel is a professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering and is an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Chemistry and Institute for Advanced Computational Science. He is also jointly appointed as a Senior Chemist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His alma mater is Tel Aviv University, where he earned his PhD in Physics in 1995.

“It is an honor to have been nominated and elected to be an AAAS fellow,” said Frenkel. “This recognition reflects on more than two decades of work, going back to the time we first learned how to analyze nanostructures, then properties, and, finally, mechanisms in different types of functional nanomaterials.”

Professor Frenkel is honored for his distinguished contributions to the development and applications of in situ and operando synchrotron methods to solve a wide range of problems in chemistry and materials science. They range from explaining structure-function relationships in nanocatalysts, quantum dots, electromechanical materials to novel filtration materials for chemical warfare agents. Frenkel’s contribution to the field is the development of new applications of synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy for studying these systems in real time, as they perform work (“in operando conditions”). He has also led the development of novel machine learning methods for structural characterization of nanomaterials. 

Richard K. Larson, PhD

Richard K. Larson is a distinguished professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Linguistics. His alma mater is the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he earned his PhD in Linguistics in 1983.

“Since its founding in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has been a key advocate for scientific research and collaboration, science policy, science education, and the dissemination of science in the United States,” said Professor Larson. “It is a great honor to be nominated and elected as an AAAS Fellow. I am profoundly grateful to my nominators and to the society.”

Professor Larson is honored “for distinguished contributions to the fields of formal syntax and semantics, notably to their interaction, and for extraordinary devotion to the public dissemination of the science of language.” His research has spanned a wide range of topics at the syntax-semantics interface, across languages as diverse as Warlpiri, Japanese, Turkish, Haitian, Russian, Mandarin, Iranian Persian, Gilaki and Zazaki. His work in undergraduate science education in connection with the National Science Foundation-sponsored Grammar as Science Project has been recognized by EduCom and by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).


About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University — New York’s flagship university and No. 1 public university — is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. With nearly 26,000 students, more than 2,900 faculty members, more than 200,000 alumni, a premier academic healthcare system and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, Stony Brook is a research-intensive distinguished center of innovation dedicated to addressing the world’s biggest challenges. The university embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and is ranked as the #58 overall university and #26 among public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges listing. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 71 research institutions in North America. The university’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Stony Brook has the responsibility of co-managing Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy — one of only eight universities with a role in running a national laboratory. In 2023, Stony Brook was named the anchor institution for The New York Climate Exchange on Governors Island in New York City. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the university totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter(@stonybrooku).

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