Christopher Barty, UCI professor of physics and astronomy and member of the Beckman Laser Institute, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Barty is one of 10 UCI faculty members elected this year, the most in UCI history. AAAS recognized Barty for his “foundational contributions to the development of ultrahigh intensity lasers and their applications, and for leadership in organizing and advancing the international high intensity laser research community.” AAAS will induct its new fellows at the organization’s annual meeting on February 17, 2018. “I am thrilled to have been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science,” he said. “I am particularly proud to be included among this year’s large group of UCI inductees.” Barty came to Irvine in the summer of 2017 following 16 years at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he was most recently the chief technology officer for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate. He will head UCI’s Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative, an interdisciplinary activity focusing on the development and commercialization of photonics technologies for human health, fundamental research, and advanced medical and industrial applications.