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Dr. Reiner Kruecken elected 2019 AAAS Fellow

26 November 2019

TRIUMF’s Deputy Director, Research Dr. Reiner Kruecken has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  

As part of the Physics fellowship, Kruecken was elected for his work elucidating the structure of exotic nuclei and astrophysical heavy element synthesis, and for his leadership in the international nuclear physics communityElection as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.  

This year, 443 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 29 November 2019. 

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are electedThe AAAS Fellow honor comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity. 

“The election as AAAS Fellow is a great honour for myself and a recognition of the people I had the privilege of working with,” said Kruecken. “I look forward to continuing contribute to research in nuclear and particle physics, and to leverage my experience for the advancement of science.” 

“I know that I speak on behalf of the entire lab in wishing Reiner congratulations on this well-deserved distinction,” said TRIUMF Director Dr. Jonathan Bagger. “His contributions have had tremendous impact, not only here at TRIUMF but also across a wide community of physicists, students, and others from around the globe. As Deputy Director, Research, he brings a tenacious dedication to excellence, which positions TRIUMF for a continued legacy of scientific achievement under his leadership.” 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational MedicineScience Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science AdvancesScience Immunology; and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For additional information about AAAS, see 

Congratulations, Reiner!