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Baruch College President Mitchel B. Wallerstein Named a 2014 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science


NEW YORK, NY - February 17, 2015 - Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President of Baruch College has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Wallerstein was elected as part of the Section on Social, Economic and Political Sciences for his scholarly contributions in the fields of international peace and security, human rights, and trade security policy, and for leadership in higher education.

Dr. Wallerstein became the seventh president of Baruch College in August 2010, after serving as Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University from 2003-2010. Previously, Dr. Wallerstein was Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations, where he directed the Foundation’s international grant making program, known as the Program on Global Security and Sustainability, supporting programs in the areas of international peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, population and reproductive health, human rights, and issues related to globalization. Dr. Wallerstein is a seasoned expert in matters related to national security and foreign policy, especially those involving nuclear, biological and chemical weapons proliferation and the control of advanced technology in weapons systems that also have civilian applications. Dr. Wallerstein was appointed by President Clinton as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterproliferation Policy and Senior Defense Representative for Trade Security Policy, and served in that position from 1993-1997. Dr. Wallerstein holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in political science from M.I.T., a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

This year, 401 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their distinguished efforts to advance science or its social applications. New Fellows were presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, February 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, Calif.

This year’s AAAS Fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 28, 2014.


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About The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science ( as well as Science Translational Medicine ( and Science Signaling ( AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 254 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!,, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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