Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi and director of its Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, has been selected a Fellow with American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is one of only six psychologists chosen for the prestigious honor.
In a letter from AAAS Chief Executive Officer Alan Leshner, Kuczaj was informed that he was being honored as a Fellow “For distinguished contributions to the field of comparative cognition, particularly to our understanding of marine mammal behavior and communication.”
“It's an honor to be elected a Fellow of the AAAS. It's one of the premier scientific organizations in the world and internationally recognized for its scholarly publications and its efforts to promote science,” Kuczaj said. “Being one of the six psychologists chosen as a Fellow this year is humbling, since my election would not have been possible without the hard work of the many outstanding students and colleagues with whom I've had the good fortune to collaborate.”
The AAAS's stated mission is to seek to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people." Its goals in fulfilling that mission include enhancing communication among scientists, engineers, and the public; promoting and defending the integrity of science and its use; strengthening support for the science and technology enterprise; providing a voice for science on societal issues; promoting the responsible use of science in public policy; strengthening and diversifying the science and technology workforce; fostering education in science and technology for everyone; increasing public engagement with science and technology; and advancing international cooperation in science.
Kuczaj and his graduate students have conducted international research on marine mammals and other animals for more than 20 years, both in the field and in captive facilities around the world. The laboratory's projects have received grant support from the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Department of Commerce, among others. His work has been featured on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and Japanese Public Television.
The Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory is housed in the College of Education and Psychology's Department of Psychology. For more information on the laboratory and Kuczaj's research, online visit http://www.usm.edu/psy-kuczaj/.