• Baylor environmental scientist joins esteemed ranks as an AAAS Fellow

    Dr. Bryan W. Brooks portrait

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society; you might know them best as the folks behind Science.org. Being named a Fellow by the AAAS is one of the most distinguished honors a scientific researcher can receive; the title is a career-spanning honor, recognizing individuals for their scientific and socially notable achievements.

    Dr. Bryan Brooks, a distinguished professor of environmental science and biomedical studies and director of Baylor’s environmental health science program, recently joined this elite group of scientists — being named to the 2022 class of AAAS Fellows.

    Brooks, a Baylor professor since 2002, was recognized for “his foundational work on the environmental toxicology and chemistry of contaminants of emerging concern, and associated impacts on water quality and human and ecosystem health.” His wide-ranging global research focuses on water quality, environmental contaminants and sustainability issues, particularly related to rapidly urbanizing regions.

    Brooks joins at least two other Baylor professors — Drs. Mark Flinn in anthropology, and Julia Chan (BS ’93) in chemistry/biochemistry — on the list of AAAS Fellows.

    The author of more than 275 manuscripts in scholarly journals and book chapters, it’s hard to narrow Brooks’ resume down to a short paragraph. Among the highlights: editor-in-chief of Environmental Science & Technology Letters, a publication of the American Chemical Society; recipient of two Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry; a Fulbright Scholar Award; and Phi Beta Kappa recognition for his student mentoring.

    Sic ’em, Dr. Brooks!