UD's Pam Cook has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

AAAS Fellow

Cook elected American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow

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8:28 a.m., Dec. 10, 2012--L. Pamela Cook-Ioannidis, professor of mathematical sciences and associate dean of engineering at the University of Delaware, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The association, which awards the title to members who are selected by their peers, will officially award the distinction to its new fellows at its annual meeting in February.

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Cook-Ioannidis was specifically recognized for her "significant contributions to the mathematics of fluids (compressible and viscoelastic) and to the profession, particularly in proactive service and leadership within SIAM," the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. She is currently SIAM's vice president for publications, formerly was editor-in-chief of a SIAM's Journal of Applied Mathematics and is an inaugural fellow of the society.

An applied mathematician, her research focuses on mathematical modeling of fluid mechanics and prediction of flow properties, with a current emphasis on complex fluids — such as those used in shampoos and others that don't behave like water. She is conducting research on surfactants, or fluids that can act as detergents or dispersants.

Cook-Ioannidis chaired UD's mathematics department for nine years and chaired the University's Commission on the Status of Women for six years. 

A faculty scholar with the College of Arts and Sciences' Center for the Study of Diversity, she is interested in improving the recruitment and retention of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially at the faculty and graduate student level. She received the 2012 University Change Agent Award from the Women Engineers ProActive Network. 

Cook-Ioannidis earned her doctorate in mathematics at Cornell University, received a NATO postdoctoral fellowship to Utrecht University in the Netherlands and then was a mathematics department faculty member for 10 years at the University of California Los Angeles before joining UD. She has held visiting positions at institutions including the California Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland and is the co-author of the book Transonic Aerodynamics.

About the AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. It publishes the journal Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world and an estimated total readership of one million.

Founded in 1848, AAAS serves more than 260 affiliated societies and academies of science, representing 10 million individuals. 

Article by Ann Manser

Photo by Ambre Alexander

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