Craig Bethke made Fellow in AAAS

Posted on 08.23.2015
Photo of Prof. Bethke.

Craig Bethke has been elected to the rank of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This recognition is given in honor of AAAS members who have made distinguished efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications.

Election as a Fellow of the AAAS, a distinction that began in 1874 and that is acknowledged with a certificate and a rosette, is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Nominations are normally made by three current Fellows, two from institutions other than the candidate's, and are reviewed by the steering groups of the Association's sections and by the AAAS Council.

Professor Bethke obtained his B.S. degree in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College in 1979, his Masters in Geosciences from Pennsylvania State University in 1982 and his Ph.D. degree in Geology in 1985 from the University of Illinois. Dr. Bethke stayed at the University of Illinois, becoming Assitant Professor in 1985, Associate Professor in 1987 and Professor of Geology in 1992. Bethke received the Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1986, the Lindgren Award from the Society of Economic Geologists in 1987, and the Meinzer Award from the Geological Society of America in 1992.

Professor Bethke was selected for fundamental discoveries in the forces that drive brines across sedimentary basins, migration of petroleum reserves, the thermodynamics of reacting geochemical systems, and microbial metabolism.

Founded in 1848 to represent all disciplines of science, AAAS is the world's largest scientific society.