Public Release:  UCI tops all universities in number of researchers named Fellows of leading scientific society

20 new honorees named by American Association for the Advancement of Science

University of California - Irvine

Irvine, Calif. - The 20 UC Irvine science and engineering researchers named today as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science represent the largest class this year of any university or institution in the U.S.

AAAS fellows are chosen for distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will receive an official certificate and a gold (science) or blue (engineering) rosette pin Feb. 14 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the group's 2009 annual meeting in Chicago. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society.

The researchers from biology, physical sciences, health sciences, information and computer sciences, and engineering join the 85 current and former UCI faculty members who have earned this honor.

"These new AAAS fellows reflect the depth and breadth of research excellence that has been building at UCI as the campus has grown and matured," said Susan Bryant, research vice chancellor and a 2000 AAAS fellow. "All of them have distinguished themselves by their unique and important contributions to their various fields, and we are proud to have so many distinguished scientists call UCI home."

The 2008 UCI AAAS fellows are:

  • Pierre Baldi, Chancellor's Professor and Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics director
  • James S. Bullock, physics and astronomy associate professor
  • Dr. Paolo Casali, Donald Bren Professor of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Medicine, and Center for Immunology director
  • Said Elghobashi, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor
  • William J. Evans, chemistry professor
  • Brandon S. Gaut, ecology and evolutionary biology professor and chair
  • Charles G. Glabe, molecular biology and biochemistry professor
  • Zhibin Guan, chemistry professor
  • James W. Hicks, ecology and evolutionary biology professor
  • Fadi J. Kurdahi, electrical engineering and computer science professor
  • Dr. Arthur D. Lander, developmental and cell biology professor and chair
  • Rachel W. Martin, molecular biology and biochemistry assistant professor
  • Douglas L. Mills, physics and astronomy professor
  • Laurence D. Mueller, ecology and evolutionary biology professor
  • Diane K. O'Dowd, anatomy and neurobiology professor
  • Michael R. Rose, ecology and evolutionary biology professor
  • Henry W. Sobel, physics and astronomy professor
  • Oswald Steward, Reeve-Irvine Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research
  • Adam P. Summers, ecology and evolutionary biology associate professor
  • Steven R. White, physics and astronomy professor

Overall, 486 AAAS fellows have been named this year. The list will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Dec. 19.

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The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. A member can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by one of the steering groups of the association's 24 sections, by any three fellows who are current AAAS members, or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. It publishes Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million.

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