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January 13, 2017
AAAS Elevates Three NIH’ers

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) awarded the distinction of
fellow to 391 of its members in 2016, 3 of whom work at NIH. The NIH’ers, all members of the association’s
section on biological sciences, have been elevated to fellow because of their efforts toward
advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished:

Dr. Thomas Dever of NICHD, for distinguished contributions in genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry, particularly for elucidating molecular mechanisms of protein synthesis and translational control by initiation factor phosphorylation.

Dr. Glenn Merlino of NCI, for distinguished service in the development of animal models of human disease with particular reference to studies of the etiology and molecular pathogenesis of melanoma.

NICHD’s Dr. Thomas Dever Dr. Glenn Merlino Dr. Zu-Hang Sheng
Newly named AAAS fellows include (from l) NICHD’s Dr. Thomas Dever, NCI’s Dr. Glenn Merlino and NINDS’s Dr. Zu-Hang Sheng.

Dr. Zu-Hang Sheng of NINDS, for distinguished contributions to the field of axonal transport of mitochondria and endosomes-autophagosomes-lysosomes in maintenance of neuronal homeostasis and synaptic function in health and diseases.

New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 18 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2017 AAAS annual meeting in Boston.

Founded in 1848, the non-profit AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. The association includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world.

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