Duke Celebrates New AAAS Fellows

December 4, 2012

DURHAM, N.C. — The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected 14 Duke faculty among this year’s class of 702 new fellows. The honor is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers in recognition of scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Notably, two new fellows are from the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

“All of these individuals are world-class scientists, who have made discoveries that drive their fields forward,” said Nancy Andrews, MD, dean of the Duke University School of Medicine. “With this honor, they join a very distinguished group of scientific leaders. We are very fortunate to have so many people of this caliber on our faculty.”

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, February 16, 2012 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. This year’s AAAS Fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the November 30, 2012 edition of the journal  Science.

Eight fellows associated with Duke University Medical Center are:

Soman Abraham, Professor of Pathology – For distinguished and pioneering contributions to the elucidation of mechanisms of bacterial pathogenicity and host immune responses, particularly the important role of mast cells.

Patrick Casey, James B Duke Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology – For distinguished contributions to the fields of biochemistry and pharmacology, particularly to the study of protein modifications and their impact on cellular signaling processes.

Arno Greenleaf, Professor of Biochemistry – For distinguished contributions to understanding eukaryotic transcription and RNA polymerase II, with special contributions to illuminating CTD phosphorylation and its functional consequences.

Michael Krangel, Chair of Immunology – For distinguished contributions to the field of immunology, particularly for clarifying the mechanisms by which antigen receptor repertoires are created by V(D)J recombination.

Kenneth Kreuzer, Professor of Biochemistry – For outstanding contributions to the understanding of the modes of action of anti-topoisomerase drugs and the functional linkages between DNA replication and recombination.

Hiroaki Matsunami, Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology – For distinguished contributions to the field of chemical senses, particularly for characterization of mammalian chemosensory receptors.

Maria Schumacher, Professor of Biochemistry – For distinguished contributions in structural biology leading to critical insights into fundamental processes in nucleic acid transactions including DNA packaging, segregation and gene expression.

Raphael Valdivia, Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology – For significant contributions to the development of new technologies and approaches to study the genetic and molecular basis for virulence of pathogenic microbes.

Six Fellows associated with Trinity College Arts & Science:

Susan Alberts, Bass Fellow and Professor of Biology – For distinguished contributions to animal behavior, particularly long-term studies of primate populations in the wild, and to conservation biology and evolutionary synthesis.

Robert Calderbank, Dean of Natural Sciences, Trinity College – For numerous, seminal contributions in coding and information theory, especially in the areas of space-time codes and fault-tolerant quantum computation.

Alvin Crumbliss, Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Chemistry – For distinguished contributions to the field of bioinorganic chemistry, particularly regarding iron acquisition and trafficking, and for distinguished university administration.

Kathleen Donohue, Associate Professor of Biology – For distinguished contributions to the field of ecological genetics, especially regarding interactions between genotypes and environments at the level of whole organisms and populations.

Ashutosh Kotwal, Professor of Physics – For a series of high precision, world-leading measurements of the mass of the W boson, and for stringent tests of the standard model of fundamental particles.

Jie Liu, George Barth Geller Professor of Chemistry – For distinguished contributions to the field of materials chemistry, particularly for the controlled synthesis of carbon-based nanomaterials and their applications in nanoelectronics and energy storage.

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