Duke University Medical Center Celebrates New AAAS Fellows

(Published January 11, 2011 by Duke Medicine News and Communications)

DURHAM, N.C. — Seven Duke University Medical Center scientists, including Jack Keene, James B. Duke Professor and Maria Cardenas-Corona, research professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers.

Blanche Capel, PhD, professor in Duke Cell Biology Department: For distinguished contributions to understanding the genetics and molecular biology of sex determination and gonadal development.

Maria E. Cardenas-Corona, PhD, research professor in Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology: For distinguished contributions to the field of cell signaling, elucidating how the rapamycin-sensitive Tor kinase pathway enables cells to sense nutrients and respond physiologically.

Mark W. Dewhirst, DVM, PhD, professor in Duke Department of Radiation Oncology and the Medical Physics program: For his work on the role of hyperthermia in cancer therapy, particularly its synergistic use with other treatment regimens.

Jack D. Keene, PhD, James B. Duke Professor in Duke Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology: For leadership in microbiology and distinguished contributions to elucidating the essential roles of RNA and RNA-binding proteins in coordinating multiple cellular processes.

Sally Kornbluth, PhD, James B. Duke Professor in Duke Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology: For distinguished contributions in elucidating mechanisms of cell proliferation and cell death and for contributions as Vice Dean for Research at Duke University School of Medicine.

Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD, professor in Duke Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology: For distinguished contributions to the field of cellular signaling, with groundbreaking work on the function of Abl tyrosine kinases in cancer, development and infectious disease.

John D. York, PhD, professor in Duke Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and Department of Biochemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator: For distinguished contributions to the field of signal transduction, particularly with regards to the biology of phosphoinositides and inositol lipids.

“As in the past, Duke is well represented, and this year the winners reflect the scope of innovative, excellent research being done here,” said Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD, who was elected a AAAS fellow in 2007. “It’s an honor to be recognized by one’s peers for performance at the highest level in science.”

“This year’s group of Duke AAAS fellows represent a broad range of scientific interests, from the most basic research in signal transduction and cell biology to work that is being translated for care of cancer patients,” Kornbluth said. “I’m very happy to be included in this outstanding group of Duke colleagues as an elected fellow.”

This year 503 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or scientific applications.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, February 19 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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For additional information, please visit the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) web site.