Published: Feb. 1, 2015

CU Linguistics Professor Emerita Lise Menn has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for "distinguished contributions to the field of linguistics, particularly for models of phonological development and theoretical linguistic accounts of language disorders, and for service to AAAS's disciplines". The AAAS publishes three widely respected peer-reviewed journals, including Science. In addition to publishing Science, AAAS fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy; diplomacy; education and career support; public engagement with science; and more. AAAS sections include 24 fields, ranging from biology to neuroscience. Professor Menn served two terms as secretary to the steering committee of Section Z, which covers Linguistics and Language Sciences. Says Professor Menn, "the value of AAAS to linguistics is that it is an interdisciplinary and very public forum. It provides an avenue for linguists to explain our work to other sciences and to the press, and it has been used very effectively by language preservation folks to increase public awareness of language extinction and language revival efforts. Linguists who are in a position to expand the service side of their work should seriously consider becoming active in organizing symposia for AAAS if they do any kind of work that the public would be interested in, such as forensics or bilingualism