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Superfund Researcher Named AAAS Fellow

By Eddy Ball
February 2010

Barry Dellinger, Ph.D.
AAAS Fellow Barry Dellinger (Photo courtesy of Barry Dellinger and Louisiana State University)

Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantee Barry Dellinger, Ph.D., was one of eight Louisiana State University (LSU) researchers recently named as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - the world's largest scientific organization. AAAS recognized Dellinger for "seminal contributions to [understanding] the origin of toxic combustion by-products, concentrating most recently on dioxins, combustion-generated nanoparticles, and environmentally persistent free radicals."

When notified of Dellinger's latest honor, SRP Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., congratulated his long-time friend and colleague. "I'm always gratified when the exceptional scientists we fund get well-deserved national recognition," Suk said. "Clearly, Barry is making important contributions to environmental health science that will have the potential to prevent disease and improve public health."

Dellinger, an LSU professor of environmental chemistry, heads the LSU SRP Center focused on Health Impacts of Toxic Combustion By-Products( and is the principal investigator on an SRP grant for Development of a Demonstrable Model of Dioxin Formation.(

Dellinger's election as an AAAS Fellow( Exit NIEHS is the latest of many honors he has received for his work. He is the Patrick F. Taylor Chair of Environmental Chemistry at LSU and has been recognized with the American Chemical Society's Astellas USA Foundation Award (see story(, the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Certificate of Merit, the Wohleben-Hochwalt Research Award, and the Environmental Protection Agency STAR (Science to Achieve Results) Award, among others.

According to a university spokesperson, LSU ranked among the top ten institutions in number of honorees, with only seven others having more fellows this year. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving ten million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million.

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