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AAAS Fellows Selection (following controversy over nomination of psychologist Arthur R. Jensen)
It has been the practice of the AAAS over the years to accept Fellows on the recommendation of any of the Sections. Those recommendations pass from the Committee on Fellows through the Committee on Council Affairs to the Council for action. This process has always been used to recognize specific accomplishments of AAAS members and does not necessarily endorse their complete works.
Nonetheless, because general assumptions have been made by some members of the AAAS about a fellowship award, the Council of the AAAS wants it to be understood that we have never supported and we do not support doctrines based on the supposed superiority or inferiority of races, or sexes, or national groups which serve to rationalize social, economic, and educational inequities or discrimination.
[Adopted by the AAAS Council, February 16, 1978.]