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11/25/13

Six Ohio State Faculty Among the 2013 Class of AAAS Fellows

Group includes executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six Ohio State University faculty specializing in disciplines ranging from cancer treatment to number theory have been elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), honored by their peers as significant contributors to the scientific community.

In all, 388 association members have been elected Fellows this year in recognition of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be welcomed in a ceremony at the AAAS annual meeting in Chicago in February.

Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society. The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874.

“The consistent recognition of Ohio State scientists at this level speaks to the exceptional quality of our faculty and their important contributions in their disciplines,” said Interim President Joseph A. Alutto. “Their talent and expertise in the classroom and their research endeavors directly benefit our students, the state of Ohio, and beyond.” 

Including this year’s class, Ohio State has approximately 200 AAAS Fellows – a sign of the depth and breadth of scientific expertise on the university faculty, according to Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research.

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“The consistent recognition of Ohio State scientists at this level speaks to the exceptional quality of our faculty and their important contributions in their disciplines.”


“We celebrate the recognition of these individuals by their peers and applaud the scholarship and creativity they bring to their respective fields,” Whitacre said. “From awards received, to students inspired and global challenges addressed, these Ohio State researchers are leading discovery, advancing knowledge and finding creative and collaborative ways to transform lives across the globe.”

Ohio State’s newest AAAS Fellows are:

John Freudenstein, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology (College of Arts and Sciences); for distinguished contributions to the study of plant evolution and systematics, especially in orchids, and administrative leadership of the university’s Herbarium.

Norman Johnson, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology and of entomology (Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences); for distinguished contributions to systematic studies of insects and for developing innovative computational tools for cataloging the distribution, history and status of the world’s biodiversity.

James Kinder, professor of animal sciences and of veterinary preventive medicine (Colleges of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Veterinary Medicine); for distinguished contributions in reproductive endocrinology research, and as an administrator in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

David Manderscheid, executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, vice provost for arts and sciences and professor of mathematics; for distinguished contributions to number theory, for outstanding service on national committees and conference organization, and for exceptional commitment to the advancement of women and minorities.
  
Zucai Suo, professor of chemistry and biochemistry (College of Arts and Sciences); for distinguished contributions to the field of nucleic acid enzymology, particularly for pre-steady state kinetic and protein conformational dynamic studies of DNA polymerases.

Miguel Villalona-Calero, professor of internal medicine and of pharmacology and division director of medical oncology (College of Medicine, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute); for distinguished contributions in the field of experimental therapeutics, developing novel therapeutics and conducting clinical trials for translational research in cancer patients.

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Contact: Emily Caldwell, (614) 292-8310; Caldwell.151@osu.edu

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