UC Merced researcher Samuel Justin Traina has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.
Traina was among 62 University of California-affiliated researchers to receive the honor, according to a press release from the university president's office.
All 10 UC campuses, all three of its affiliated national laboratories and the UC Museum of Paleontology in Berkeley are among this year's 531 fellows. The UC system has been home to more than 700 fellows over time.
"All Californians should be proud of these UC researchers," University Mark Yudof said in a statement. "These are the people who keep our state at the cutting edge of scientific advancement. Their work contributes mightily to the economy and society of California, the nation and the world."
Traina, whose research focuses on environmental pollutants, has worked at UC Merced since 2002.
He's served as director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, and is now a natural sciences professor and the vice chancellor for research and graduate studies.
Traina and the other new fellows will be recognized this February at the association's annual meeting in San Diego.
-- Danielle E. Gaines