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Nobumichi Shimizu Has Been Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Nobumichi Shimizu WHOI senior scientists Nobu Shimizu and Susan Humphris discuss the capabilities of the ion microprobe, which researchers use to to study ancient rocks from Earth’s crust and mantle in order to understand the fundamental processes that created them. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

November 23, 2006

Nobumichi Shimizu of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

A member of the AAAS section for Geology and Geography, Shimizu was selected for his pioneering work in the development and application of secondary ion mass spectrometers in the field of geochemistry and for furthering our knowledge of mantle differentiation.

Shimizu is a senior scientist in the WHOI Department of Geology and Geophysics, as well as founder and director of the Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility.

This year, 449 AAAS members have been awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. The new fellows will be announced in the journal Science on 24 November 2006. They will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin (representing science and engineering, respectively) at a Fellows Forum on 17 February 2007 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

WHOI is a private, independent marine research, engineering, and higher education organization in Falmouth, Mass. Its primary mission is to understand the oceans and their interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean’s role in the changing global environment. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Institution is organized into five departments, interdisciplinary institutes and a marine policy center, and conducts a joint graduate education program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science ( Founded in 1848, AAAS includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.