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BASF Bioscience Research scientist named a 2017 AAAS Fellow

BASF SE

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, November 28, 2017 - Wesley B. Bruce of BASF Bioscience Research has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 396 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on February 17, 2018, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. This year's AAAS Fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 24, 2017.

As part of the Biological Science section, Bruce was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of plant genetics, including developing technologies that enable basic research in plant biology and improved maize production.

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 elected.

Each steering group reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list. The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

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About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit http://www.basf.us. At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at http://www.basf.com.

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