Faculty named Fellows of AAAS

December 17, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Six Penn State Faculty members were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Fellows are Sarah Assmann, Waller professor of biology; Philip C. Bevilacqua, professor of chemistry; William Ewart Easterling III, dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and professor of geography; Barbara J. Garrison, head and Shapiro professor of chemistry; S. Blair Hedges, professor of biology; and Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Charles Godfrey Binder (endowed) professor of engineering science and mechanics.

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, 531 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 annual meeting in San Diego.

Assmann received her award for distinguished contributions to the filed of plant biology as realized through a holistic approach to understanding the response of plant cells to environmental stimuli.

Bevilacqua received his award for distinguished contributions to the field of RNA catalysis, RNA folding and roles of RNA in innate immunity.

Easterling is honored for distinguished leadership in global food availability and security through assessment of climate-change impacts, and adaptation and mitigation options.

Garrison receives her award for scientific contributions utilizing theoretical chemistry approaches for understanding complex dynamical phenomena associated with surface physics and chemistry.

Hedges is honored for distinguished contributions to the field of evolutionary biology, especially in revealing connections between biological evolution and Earth history in diverse groups of organisms.

Lakhtakia received his honor for distinguished contributions to optics in complex materials including chiral materials, and especially for the development of sculptured thin films as nanoengineered metamaterials.

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