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News Release

Number: 03-11
Released: February 5, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Brookhaven Lab Scientist Stephen Schwartz Elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science


         Stephen Schwartz

UPTON, NY - Stephen Schwartz, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). With over 134,000 members from 130 countries and 272 affiliated societies comprising more than 10 million members, AAAS is the world’s largest federation of scientists.

Schwartz is among 291 members elected as Fellows in 2002 by their peers. These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts to advance science or foster applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin on February 15 at the Fellows forum during the 2003 AAAS annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.

“I am honored to be named a Fellow of AAAS,” Schwartz said. “This nomination represents a very nice recognition of my achievements, which would not have been possible without the efforts and contributions of many colleagues at Brookhaven and numerous other institutions, as well as encouragement and funding from the Department of Energy.”

Schwartz was one of eight Fellows elected in 2002 in the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section. His citation reads: “For outstanding contributions to the understanding of atmospheric aerosols and clouds.”

In his early years at Brookhaven, Schwartz developed methods to describe the rate of reactions in clouds that lead to production of acid rain. Research Schwartz conducted at

Brookhaven exerted a major influence on the drafting of the acid deposition section of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. More recently, Schwartz has been focusing on microscopic and submicroscopic aerosol particles, which influence a variety of atmospheric processes, from precipitation to climate change.

Schwartz received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University, in 1963, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968. After postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge, England, Schwartz came to Long Island to join the Chemistry Department at Stony Brook University. In 1975, he joined Brookhaven Lab, where he is currently a senior scientist in the Environmental Sciences Department.