Washington, D.C.—Carnegie Observatories director Wendy Freedman has been selected as an AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The announcement will appear Jan. 11 on the AAAS website and will be published in the “AAAS News & Notes” section of Science on Jan. 28.

The organization said it selected Freedman for her work calibrating the current expansion rate of the universe, and thereby calculating the age of the universe.

“We are honored that Wendy Freedman was chosen as a fellow,” said Carnegie president Richard Meserve. “She is a remarkable scientist with a body of work that is recognized throughout the world.”

The AAAS Fellows program dates back to 1874. This year the organization selected a total of 503 members for the honor for “their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.”

The new fellows will be presented with an official certificate and rosette pin on Feb. 19, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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