Public Release:  Yale affiliates named AAAS fellows for distinction in Science

Yale University

New Haven, Conn. -- Ten renowned scientists and educators at Yale have been named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon members of the organization by their peers.

The AAAS honors members as Fellows in recognition of their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The new Fellows will be inducted at the Fellows Forum on February 16, during the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

The Yale faculty who were honored are:

Paul T. Anastas, professor in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, was named a Fellow in the Section on Chemistry for "promoting the design, discovery, development, and implementation of material and energy sources that are benign to human health and the environment and that advance sustainability."

Sankar Ghosh, professor of immunobiology and of molecular biophysics & biochemistry, was named a Fellow in the Section on Biological Sciences for "distinguished contributions to the field of immunology, particularly for studies of the NF-êB signaling pathway."

Steven M. Girvin, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics & Applied Physics and the Deputy Provost for Science & Technology, was named a Fellow in the Section on Engineering "for fundamental experimental and theoretical research on correlated many-electron states in low dimensional systems."

Nigel D.F. Grindley, professor of molecular biophysics & biochemistry, was named a Fellow in the Section on Biological Sciences for "distinguished contributions to our understanding of mechanisms of recombination, notably site-specific recombination in E. coli."

Andrew D. Miranker, associate professor of molecular biophysics & biochemistry, was named a Fellow in the Section on Chemistry for "distinguished contributions to the field of protein folding, particularly in elucidation of structure and energetic requirements of pathological self assembly into amyloid fibers."

Anna M. Pyle, the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, director of the Division of Biological Sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was named a Fellow in the Section on Chemistry for "fundamental studies on RNA tertiary folding and on the mechanical behavior of RNA remodeling enzymes."

Robert J. Schoelkopf, professor of applied physics and physics, was named a Fellow in the Section on Engineering "for outstanding work toward the practical realization of quantum computation."

Gordon M. Shepherd, professor of neuroscience, was named a Fellow in the Section on Neuroscience "for distinguished contributions to the understanding of the circuitry of the brain and the structure and function of the olfactory bulb."

Thomas A. Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, professor of chemistry, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was named a Fellow in the Section on Biological Sciences for "distinguished contributions to structural biology, particularly for determination of the crystal structure of proteins and nucleic acids emphasizing their biological functions and mechanisms."

Also, Norman J. Chonacky, an adjunct research scientist in Engineering, was named a Fellow in the Section on Education for "distinguished contributions to scientific discourse as editor-in-chief of Computing in Science and Engineering, and for advocacy of scientific literacy for all students."

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Announcement of this year's other AAAS Fellows will be in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on October 26, 2007.

The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. It was founded in 1848, and includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For further information about the organization and selection of Fellows contact Molly McElroy, (202) 326-6434 or mmcelroy@aaas.org .

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