In recognition of his leadership, pioneering research and distinguished service, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected Dr. Kevin Kip, an epidemiology and biostatistics professor in the University of South Florida College of Public Health (COPH), a 2018 Fellow.
Dr. Kip became an AAAS Fellow in the Medical Sciences Section. The announcement was made November 27.
The USF Health Distinguished Professor joins elite company, including Thomas Edison, Linus Pauling and, more recently, four of the 2018 Nobel Prize laureates. The tradition of recognizing leading scientists as Fellows dates back to 1874.
This year, 416 members of the AAAS (including seven others from USF) were given the lifetime honor of being elected a Fellow. These scientists are nominated by previously elected Fellows, by the AAAS chief executive officer, or by one of the steering groups. After going through a formal review process, the AAAS’ member-elected governing body makes a final vote.
“Being elected a Fellow means being recognized by my peers who have sought to fundamentally improve the health of people through the conduct of innovative research,” Dr. Kip said.
Some of the innovative research Dr. Kip has conducted includes the use of a novel and effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) called accelerated resolution therapy (ART). He’s also directed research on the effectiveness of drug-eluting stents for the treatment of obstructive coronary artery disease.
Becoming a Fellow gives Dr. Kip — and the entire COPH — more than prestige.
In addition to promoting collaboration with researchers around the world, “This recognition will assist with seeking future research funding, especially in areas that may be considered unconventional or ‘out-of-the-box,’” Dr. Kip noted. “And it helps validate that the COPH has a strong commitment to conducting innovative research that could potentially have a big impact on public health.”
Dr. Kip and the other 2018 Fellows will be formally recognized in February at the 2019 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Story by Ms. Donna Campisano, USF College of Public Health