Nine Penn State Faculty Named AAAS Fellows
University Park, Pa. -- Nine Penn State faculty members were named Fellows of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.
The Fellows are J. Martin Bollinger Jr., professor of chemistry and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Donald A. Bryant, Ernest C. Pollard professor in biotechnology and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; John M. Carroll, Edward M. Frymoyer professor of information sciences and technology; Hong Ma, distinguished professor of biology; Nina Fedoroff, Evan Pugh professor of life sciences and the Verne M. Willaman chair in life sciences; Gerald E. McClearn, Evan Pugh professor of health and human development and biobehavioral health; James L. Rosenberger, professor of statistics; Alok Sinha, professor of mechanical engineering; and Aleksander Wolszczan, Evan Pugh professor of astronomy and astrophysics.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. This year, 503 Fellows were selected for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The Fellows will receive certificates and pins in February during the AAAS meeting in Washington, D.C.
Bollinger was named a Fellow for establishing new and unprecedented paradigms of dioxygen and C-H activation at biological metal centers, particularly dinuclear and mononuclear iron sites and mixed iron-manganese sites.
Bryant receives his award for distinguished contributions to microbiology, particularly for ecological, biochemical, metabolic, genetic and genomic analyses of chlorophototrophic bacteria and their light-harvesting systems and type-1 reaction centers.
Carroll is honored for distinguished contributions to human-computer interaction, including the development of the minimalist information design model, theoretical analysis of user interface metaphors, scenario-based design concepts and techniques, the claims analysis approach to design rationale and long-term participatory design approaches to community informatics.
Ma receives his award for distinguished contributions to the field of reproductive plant biology, particularly for molecular genetics of flower development, anther differentiation and meiosis in Arabidopsis.
Fedoroff is honored for her pioneering research in the fields of plant genetics, plant responses to environmental stress, and genetically modified crops.
McClearn is honored for distinguished contributions in research exploring the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in the development of complex phenotypes of behavior and of aging.
Rosenberger receives his award for exemplary professional service to statistics and science more broadly, as a consultant, researcher, teacher, as well as an academic and research administrator.
Sinha is recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of mechanical engineering, particularly on the vibration analysis of mistuned blades in jet engines and robust control algorithms.
Wolszczan is honored for the discovery of the first planetary-mass objects outside our Solar System, the multiple planets orbiting the pulsar PSR B1257+12.
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