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Thirteen on faculty honored as AAAS fellows

Thirteen Cornell faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. The 13 Cornell faculty members are among 531 researchers chosen to receive the prestigious award this year.

The fellows will be recognized Feb. 20 at the annual AAAS meeting, held this year in San Diego.

"These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished," according to the AAAS news release.

This year's AAAS fellows will be announced in the journal Science on Dec. 18.

The new fellows from Cornell and their AAAS citation are:

Tadhg P. Begley, professor of chemistry and chemical biology: "For pioneering research in mechanistic enzymology and for service to the field of chemical biology";

Anthony Paul Bretscher, professor of molecular biology and genetics: "For his important contributions to our understanding of the internal organization of eukaryotic cells";

Richard A. Cerione, Goldwin Smith Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology: "For distinguished contributions to the field of signal transduction, particularly in the area of biochemistry and cell biology of Ras-related G-proteins."

James M. Cordes, professor of astronomy: "For his contributions to the astronomical community, making his mark as an observer of radio pulsars to understand pulsar physics, wave propagation in high-energy plasmas, and using pulsar observations to probe the interstellar medium in the galaxy";

Janis Lou Dickinson, associate professor of natural resources: "For significant contributions to animal behavior and ecology, and distinguished work in 'citizen science' that involves, informs and engages the public in scientific inquiry";

Francis J. DiSalvo, the John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science: "For distinguished contributions to solid state chemistry, in particular for the discovery of charge density waves and novel catalyst, nitride and thermoelectric materials";

Jack H. Freed, the Frank and Robert Laughlin Professor of Physical Chemistry: "For distinguished contributions to electron spin resonance (ESR) and the development of ESR into a powerful methodology for studying molecular motions and structural dynamics";

William E. Fry, professor of plant pathology: "For distinguished contributions to the field of biology, especially for the epidemiology, ecology, genetics, developmental biology and disease management of the plant pathogen Phytophthora infestans";

Stephen Hilgartner, associate professor of science and technology studies: "For distinguished contribution to scholarship, service, and teaching integrating social studies of science and scientific practice with public discussion of science and society";

Melissa A. Hines, professor of chemistry and chemical biology: "For incisive research into the microscopic mechanisms by which silicon surfaces are etched, specifically into production of surface morphologies, and the effects of chemical additives";

Kenneth J. Kemphues, professor of genetics: "For distinguished contributions to developmental cell biology, particularly the discovery of PAR genes and, through them, of pathways that generate cellular asymmetries";

Maurine E. Linder, professor and chair of molecular medicine "for distinguished contributions to our understanding of the enzymology of palmitoylation, a reversible posttranslational modification that regulates localization and trafficking of signaling proteins in cells"; and

Michael Scanlon, associate professor of plant biology: "For distinguished contributions to the field of plant developmental genetics and genomics in the area of leaf development and shoot meristem function, and for graduate and undergraduate teaching."

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