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University of Michigan leads 2012 AAAS Fellows with nineteen

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Nineteen University of Michigan faculty members have been elected AAAS Fellows for 2012, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced Friday. This is the most of any institution in the United States, the Columbus Dispatch confirmed a day in advance of the AAAS announcement.

The Columbus Dispatch also reported that The Ohio State University came in second with 18 new AAAS Fellows, followed by the University of California, Davis, and Vanderbilt University, which tied for third with 17 each.

The AAAS also recognized faculty at Michigan's two other major research universities. Michigan State University gained four new Fellows, while Wayne State University now has three more, for a total of 26 new AAAS Fellows from the Great Lakes State.

In all, the names of 701 AAAS Fellows were released yesterday. They are being honored for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed to be distinguised either scientifically or socially. They will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on February 16, 2013 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

University of Michigan

The state's flagship research institution reported the names and accomplishments of their nineteen honorees in a press release a day ahead of the AAAS. Nine of the new Fellows teach primarily in the Medical School, four in biology, two each in chemistry and dentistry, and pharmacology, and one each in engineering and public health. Several of the honorees have joint appointments in two departments.

In alphabetical order, the University of Michigan's 2012 AAAS Fellows and their accomplishments are:

  • James Bardwell, a Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. He is honored for incisive studies on disulfide-mediated folding of secretory proteins, particularly the DsbA/DsbB bacterial pathway for disulfide oxidation that uses oxygen as the terminal acceptor.
  • Jason Gestwicki, a research associate professor at the Life Sciences Institute and associate professor in the departments of pathology and biological chemistry at the Medical School. Gestwicki is honored for the development of chemical methods and probes for the study of protein-protein interactions, which has revealed structure-function relationships in multi-protein complexes.
  • Theodore Goodson III, a professor of both chemistry and macromolecular science and engineering at the College of Engineering. He is honored for fundamental studies of the linear and non-linear optical properties of nanostructured organic macromolecular and inorganic metallic cluster materials.
  • Deborah L. Gumucio, professor of cell and developmental biology at the Medical School. Gumucio is honored for scholarly contributions to our understanding of early gut development, and for establishing the Center for Organogenesis as the first and foremost translationally focused organization.
  • Paul Hollenberg, chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the Medical School. He is honored for outstanding contributions to research on the relationships between the structure and catalytic function of cytochrome P450s and their role in drug metabolism and drug-drug interactions.
  • Aaron King, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and associate professor of mathematics. King is honored for distinguished contributions to the fields of computational and statistical biology, particularly as applied to understanding the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases.
  • David Kohn, professor of dentistry at the School of Dentistry and professor of biomedical engineering at the College of Engineering. He is honored for distinguished contributions to the fields of biomaterials and biomechanics, with particular emphasis on the restoration of mineralized tissues and characterization of their mechanical function.
  • Benjamin Kuipers, professor of computer science and engineering at the College of Engineering. Kuipers is honored for distinguished contributions to artificial intelligence and robotics, particularly on the representation and effective use of incomplete knowledge of space and of dynamic physical mechanisms.
  • Jianming Li, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology and academic program director of the UM-PKU Joint Institute. He is honored for distinguished contributions to plant physiology, particularly for genetic dissection of plant steroid responses.
  • Ormond MacDougald, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology and a professor of internal medicine at the Medical School. MacDougald is honored for distinguished contributions to the field of adipocyte development and metabolism, and graduate education in physiology.
  • Richard Miller, professor of pathology at the Medical School and research professor at the Institute of Gerontology. He is honored for investigations of how cellular stress resistance modulates the aging process, and studies of diets, genes, and drugs that extend lifespan in mice.
  • Harry Mobley, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical School. Mobley is honored for distinguished contributions to the field of microbial pathogenesis of human infections, particularly for bacteria causing peptic ulceration and urinary tract infection.
  • John Moran, a professor of internal medicine at the Medical School. He is honored for seminal contributions to understanding the molecular genetics of mobile repetitive elements and their role in shaping the human genome.
  • Jacques E. Nör, a professor of Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, professor of biomedical engineering at the College of Engineering and professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Medical School. He is honored for pioneering research in the fields of vascular biology as it pertains to tumor neovasularization and therapy, and stem cell biology in dental pulp regeneration.
  • Eran Pichersky, a professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in LSA. Pichersky is honored for distinguished contributions to the field of plant biochemistry, particularly to the biosynthesis and evolutionary biology of terpenes and other plant volatiles and flavor components.
  • David Smith, chair of the College of Pharmacy. He is honored for distinguished contributions to the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, particularly in regard to the molecular biology, physiology, and pharmacology of proton-coupled oligopeptide transporters.
  • Yi Sun, professor of radiation oncology at the Medical School. Sun is honored for distinguished contributions to the field of protein ubiquitination/degradation, particularly for validating Cullin-RING E3 ligases as promising anticancer and radiosensitizing targets for effective cancer therapy.
  • Naisyin Wang, professor of statistics and professor of biostatistics at the School of Public Health. Honored for distinguished contributions to biostatistical theory and practice, the analysis of transformation models, imputation estimators, covariance estimation, and Bayesian approaches to differential gene expression.
  • John Wolfe, associate chair and professor of chemistry, LSA. Wolfe is honored for new palladium-catalyzed C-N, C-O, and C-C bond-forming reactions for the synthesis of heterocycles and natural products.

Michigan State University

MSU's four new AAAS Fellows are:

  • Jerry B. Dodgson and Kay E. Holekamp, recognized by the Section on Biological Sciences.
  • G. Mark Voit, recognized by the Section on Astronomy.
  • Jonathan D. Walton, recognized by the Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources.

Wayne State University

This year's AAAS Fellows from Detroit's own research university are:

  • Stephanie L. Brock and Arthur G. Suits, recognized by the Section on Chemistry.
  • Nour-Eddine Rhaleb, who also practices at Henry Ford Hospital, recognized by the Section on Biological Sciences.

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