Seventeen NIH scientists and one recent retiree have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
This year, 702 members have been awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 16 during the 2013 AAAS annual meeting in Boston.
From the section on biological sciences:
Dr. Rafael Daniel Camerini-Otero, NIDDK—For major contributions to understanding DNA recombination in vertebrates, particularly meiotic recombination, and elucidating the roles of in vivo molecules critical to this process.
Dr. Elaine A. Ostrander, NHGRI—For distinguished contributions to canine genomics and genetics leading to discoveries in mammalian development and disease susceptibility.
Dr. Michael Aaron Resnick, NIEHS—For seminal contributions in understanding the molecular basis of DNA repair by homologous recombination.
Dr. Yun-Bo Shi, NICHD—For outstanding contributions to the field of postembryonic development, particularly to the research on thyroid hormone receptor and its in vivo function and mechanisms.
Dr. Wei Yang, NIDDK—For distinguished contributions to the field of DNA replication, repair and recombination, particularly for providing the structural basis of these fundamental biochemical processes.
Dr. Keji Zhao, NHLBI—For distinguished contributions to the field of epigenetics and chromatin, particularly for developing ChIP-Seq and MNase-Seq and bringing epigenetics studies to genome-wide scales.
From the section on chemistry:
Dr. John M. Schwab, NIGMS retiree—For championing the role of organic chemistry in human health and for his passion in nurturing the careers of young scientists at the chemistry-biology interface.
From the section on medical sciences:
Dr. Edward A. Berger, NIAID—For distinguished contributions to the field of virology, particularly for discovery and characterization of HIV co-receptors.
Dr. Ronald N. Germain, NIAID—For distinguished theoretical and experimental contributions to the field of immunology, particularly the applications of systems biology and advanced imaging technologies.
Dr. John Joseph O’Shea, Jr., NIAMS—For distinguished contributions to the field of immunology, particularly for the discovery of the Jak3 kinase and its importance in human disease.
Dr. Lawrence E. Samelson, NCI—For outstanding contributions to the field of lymphocyte signal transduction, including pioneering studies integrating cellular and molecular imaging with genetic, biophysical and biochemical research approaches.
From the section on neuroscience:
Dr. Elisabeth Adams Murray, NIMH—For pioneering research on memory, emotion and decision-making in non-human primates, elucidating fundamental functions of the medial temporal lobe and prefrontal cortex.
From the section on pharmaceutical sciences:
Dr. Rao S. Rapaka, NIDA—For outstanding service as an innovative and creative research administrator at the National Institutes of Health and for distinguished scholarship in drug abuse research.
From the section on psychology:
Dr. Alex Martin, NIMH—For distinguished contributions to the field of cognitive neuropsychology, particularly with respect to our understanding of the neural bases of semantic memory.
From the section on social, economic and political sciences:
Dr. Richard Michael Suzman, NIA—For developing the demography and economics of aging, particularly the landmark Health and Retirement Study of cohorts from ages 50 to death, now replicated internationally.
From the section on societal impacts of science and engineering:
Dr. Kathy L. Hudson, NIH/OD—For facilitating public engagement and media dialogue on the social and ethical issues attendant to the emerging field of genomics.
From the section on statistics:
Dr. Barry I. Graubard, NCI—For outstanding research on statistical survey methods, statistical methods for epidemiology and collaborative studies affecting public health.