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Nicole Biggart Honored as AAAS Fellow

Professor Nicole Biggart has been named a newly elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Each year the AAAS Council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.”

The new fellows were formally recognized February 16 during the association’s annual meeting in Boston.Established in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society with a mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs and science education. Biggart was recognized for her pioneering research and expertise in economic sociology, organizational behavior and management of innovation. She has studied a wide array of business sectors from the auto industries of South Korea, Taiwan, Spain and Argentina to the commercial construction industry in the U.S.

A frequent presenter at academic and industry conferences around the world, Biggart most recently lectured in September on “Communities of the Future,” highlighting the social and engineering challenges of global urbanization at the UC Davis School of Engineering’s 50th anniversary conference on Sustainable Development for the 21st Century: The Role of the Modern University.

Later in September, Biggart served on panel with leading financiers and industry entrepreneurs who addressed smart grid energy infrastructure at the Bay Area Council’s Symposium on U.S.-China Smart City Collaboration at Marvell Electronics in Santa Clara. Biggart then moderated a panel on new developments and opportunities in energy efficiency at the annual conference of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders at UC Berkeley in October. Biggart presented her paper, “Logics under Construction: Social Ideals, Residential Design And Energy Consumption,” at an international conference on economic sociology at the National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’ in Moscow, Russia.

She then attended the November advisory board meeting at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society in Cologne, Germany, and gave a keynote speech on stakeholders in smart cities at MINES ParisTech’s Debating Responsible Innovation in Built-in Renewable Energies and Architecture.