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Provost Rosser elected to AAAS Board of Directors

February 17, 2010 -- Provost Sue Rosser has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society. Rosser, a lifelong advocate for women in the sciences, will assume her new role on the board Feb. 22 at the close of the AAAS 2010 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Photograph of Provost Sue RosserProvost Sue Rosser

Rosser will help guide an organization whose values are closely aligned with the principles she has sought to introduce in the scientific community during the past 30 years. During her career Rosser has pioneered opportunities for women and underrepresented groups in science and engineering, and has been an advocate for interdisciplinary approaches to scholarly research.

"I am honored to be selected to serve AAAS," Rosser said. "The organization has had a significant interdisciplinary impact, influencing public policy and funding decisions and creating opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds in the sciences."

Established in 1848, AAAS publishes the prestigious academic journal Science and seeks to advance science and serve society through initiatives that include science policy and science outreach and education.

As provost of a comprehensive public university, Rosser plans to bring a different perspective to the Board. "I hope to be a voice for public universities, raising awareness of the role of institutions like SF State in training a diverse workforce for science and technology. These are the places where the majority of Americans go to college," Rosser said. "I will keep issues of race, gender and class at the forefront."

Rosser joined SF State as Provost in 2009, after spending 10 years at The Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and the institution's first female dean. Prior to Georgia Tech, she led women's studies programs at the University of Florida, the nine-campus University of South Carolina system and Mary Baldwin College. She has also served as Senior Program Officer for Women's Programs at the National Science Foundation. Rosser received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973.  

A prolific writer and editor, Rosser has edited collections and written approximately 120 journal articles on the theoretical and applied problems of science and technology, and on women's health. She is the author of 12 books. 

-- Elaine Bible


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