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Ohio State again among top universities having AAAS fellows
[Embargoed for release until 2 p.m. Thursday, November 23, 2006.]
COLUMBUS, Ohio – This year, more research faculty from Ohio State University received one of the highest recognitions in their academic fields than did all other American universities except one.
Seventeen OSU researchers were among the 2006 class of "fellows" named today by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Ohio State has led the country in new fellows for the past three years and only the University of California, Riverside, surpassed OSU's total this year with 20 of its faculty being named as fellows.
With the new honorees, Ohio State can boast of 127 faculty who have earned this honor, making it one of the largest contingents in the country.
"Once again, our faculty have shown their exceptional level of accomplishment and recognition by their peers," said Ohio State President Karen Holbrook, herself a AAAS fellow. "Since selection to the rank of fellow is made by a scholar's peers in his or her field of research, this designation is doubly important, both for the institution and for the people of Ohio and the nation who benefit from their work."
The AAAS is the largest scientific organization in the world and this year elevated 449 of its members to the fellows rank, a designation that honors efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished, according to the organization.
The Ohio State faculty named as new fellows include:
Clark Spencer Larsen, professor and chair of anthropology: For distinguished contributions to the field of biological anthropology, especially for research in skeletal biology and human adaptations to prehistoric North America.
Patrick L. Green, professor of veterinary biosciences: For distinguished contributions to the field of virology, particularly for molecular pathogenesis of human T-cell leukemia virus and mechanism of retrovirus replication and T-cell activation/transformation.
Joanna Groden, professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics: For distinguished contributions to the field of human cancer genetics, particularly for molecular mechanisms in cancer susceptibility, including Bloom's syndrome and familial adenomatous polyoposis coli.
Nyla A. Heerema, professor of pathology: For distinguished contributions to the field of medical genetics, particularly for the cytogenetic studies of chromosomes of leukemia in children and other human disease.
Tim Hui-Ming Huang, associate professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics: For distinguished contributions to the field of human cancer genetics, particularly for the definition and characterization of large scale epigenetic changes in cancer genomes.
Stephen A. Osmani, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor of molecular genetics: For research creativity in the study of mitotic regulation, especially the role of NIMA kinase, chromatin, condensation and the function of the nuclear pore.
Deborah S. Parris, professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics: For distinguished contributions in molecular virology, including an understanding of mechanisms of herpes simplex virus DNA replication, and for leadership in promoting cancer research.
Pravin T.P. Kaumaya, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, molecular and cellular biochemistry, and microbiology: For distinguished contributions to the field of peptide chemistry and biology in vaccine development for viral and bacterial diseases and translational research in cancer immunotherapy.
Robert G. Parker, associate professor of mechanical engineering: For distinguished contributions to engineering research, industrial practice, and higher education in vibration and dynamics, with special focus on high-speed systems.
James R. Bartholomew, professor of history: For distinguished contributions to the field of the history of science, particularly as the premier historian of modern science in Japan.
Brian Daniel Joseph, professor of linguistics and of Slavic and East European languages and literature: For distinguished contributions to the field of historical linguistics, especially in communicating the results of his research to generations of students and the scholarly community.
Sanford H. Barsky, professor and chair of pathology: For distinguished contributions to the field of tumor biology and metastasis, particularly for discoveries underlying the mechanisms of metastatic progression of human breast cancer.
Charles C. Capen, Distinguished University Professor of veterinary biosciences: For distinguished research contributions in comparative medicine and the use of animal models to study human diseases and for academic administration.
Nina A. Mayr, professor and chair of radiation medicine: For distinguished contributions in radiation oncology, particularly in the application of anatomic and functional tumor imaging for therapy planning, monitoring and response prediction in cancer.
Mary Ellen Wewers, professor of health behavior and health promotion: For distinguished contributions to tobacco control research and clinical practice, in the investigation of nicotine dependence and evidence-based cessation treatment.
Alan Douglas Kinghorn, professor and chair of medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy: For distinguished contributions in the isolation and molecular characterization of biologically active plant secondary metabolites and for service as editor of the Journal of Natural Products.
Robert J. Perry, professor of physics: For the development of renormalization group coupling coherence and the identification of a simple confinement mechanism, which led to a constituent picture in light-front quantum chromodynamics.