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AAAS and Health Security Partners Announce 2017 Fellows

Please join us in congratulating HSP Executive Director, Jason Rao, for being elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)! We are so proud of you, Jason and all that you do!

Washington D.C.— Dr. Jason Rao, Executive Director of Health Security Partners 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.

Dr. Rao is being recognized for distinguished service in promoting biological threat reduction, global health security, science diplomacy, and international scientific collaboration. Dr. Rao’s appointment as a AAAS Fellow was conferred by the Societal Impacts of Science & Engineering section of the AAAS.

This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 24 November 2017, and presented an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 17 February from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Central Time at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

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. 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.

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Health Security Partners, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, was founded with the vision of building local, sustainable capacity to improve all aspects of health security around the world. Its network includes prominent universities in the U.S. and abroad, as well as a worldwide collective of scientists, physicians, and subject-matter experts spanning the domains of global health, sustainable development, public policy, and national security. HSP is uniquely positioned to effectively prevent epidemics and detect and respond to outbreaks. Its ongoing work with public health, clinical and government partners improves preparedness and builds the capacity for locally led response efforts, while its global network allows for quick mobilization of expertise to support efforts on the ground. HSP works jointly with partners to identify local challenges and develop collaborative solutions through long-term, context-specific engagement that goes beyond one-time training workshops. Because HSP works in some of the most challenging and isolated parts of the world, diplomacy is central to the approach and ensures meaningful collaboration is sustained over time. 

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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 Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 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 non-profit 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 the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! (, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS. See




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2 Comments on AAAS and Health Security Partners Announce 2017 Fellows

  1. Madiha Rafique

    November 30, 2017 at 5:58 pm | Reply

    Congratulations Dr. Jason!

  2. Javeria Samad

    January 14, 2018 at 9:30 am | Reply

    Many congratulations Dr Jason.

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