I learned today that I was appointed as one of the new junior members of the Academia Brasileira de Ciências (ABC) [the Brazilian Academy of Sciences] for the period of 2015-2019! I am thrilled and feeling very honored with this opportunity!
Junior members of the ABC are scientists younger than 40 years old which are selected among the many thousands of Brazilian scientists due to their academic promise and outstanding productivity. I was appointed as one of the five junior members for the region of São Paulo.
The junior membership of ABC (membro afiliado da ABC) was created on 2007. As far as I can tell, I am the first astrophysicist ever appointed to this position.