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American Association for the Advancement of Science selects 3 NYU faculty as Fellows

Grant and Award Announcement

New York University

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has selected three New York University faculty as 2010 Fellows: Bhubaneswar "Bud" Mishra, a professor computer science and mathematics; Dan Sanes, a professor of neural science; and Patrick Shrout, a professor of psychology. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Mishra, a professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and a principal investigator in Courant's Bioinformatics Group, has developed genomics and transcriptomics technologies and algorithms with applications to biomedicine, including cancer. AAAS selected Mishra, who also has an appointment in the Department of Cell Biology at NYU's School of Medicine, for "distinguished contributions to the field of computational and systems approaches to the fields of robotics, hardware verification, and computational biology."

Sanes, a professor in NYU's Center for Neural Science, studies auditory central nervous system development, including the influence of the sensory environment. His laboratory has found, among other discoveries, that even mild hearing loss can have a profound and lasting impact on the synaptic connections in the auditory cortex. AAAS recognized Sanes for his "seminal studies" in this area of scholarship.

Shrout, a professor in NYU's Department of Psychology, conducts research in the area of social psychology and directs the NYU Couples Research Lab, where he is carrying out a series of studies of the costs and benefits of social support during stressful times. AAAS recognized Shrout for "distinguished contributions to psychology, psychiatry, and public health through the application of quantitative methodology and statistical modeling to problems of stress, coping, and social support, and for leadership in professional organizations in psychology and psychiatry."

This year 503 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be honored on February 19 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.



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