20 UM Scientists and Engineers Named 2021 AAAS Fellows

The University of Michigan led the nation with 20 faculty members elected as 2021 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

UM researchers are among 564 scientists, engineers and innovators, spanning 24 scientific disciplines, who are recognized for their scientifically and socially distinguished achievements, the AAAS announced.

AAAS is the world’s largest general science society and publisher of the Science family of journals. Selection as an AAAS Fellow is one of the most distinct distinctions within the scientific community.

The new UM AAAS scholars are:

Veera BaladandayuthapaniProfessor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, School of Medicine, Director of the Cancer Data Science Shared Resource at Rogel Cancer Center, for his distinguished contributions to the field of biostatistics and data science, in particular for Bayesian modeling of high-dimensional biomedical data, integrative genomics and applied cancer research.

Gordon BelotLawrence Sklar Collegiate Professor of Philosophy, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, for his distinguished scholarship in the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of science.

Charles BurantDr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism, Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Director of the A. Alfred Taubman Institute for Medical Research, School of Medicine, and Professor of Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health , for distinctive molecular and metabolomic research on insulin resistance, diabetes therapy and obesity management associated with stimulation of physical activity.

Henrietta ElvangProfessor Arthur F. Thurnau and Professor of Physics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, for his pioneering work in theoretical physics, notably on the structure of scattering amplitudes, general relativity in higher dimensions, quantum entanglement and holography.

Rachel GoldmanProfessor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Professor of Physics and Associate Director of Applied Physics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, for his distinguished contributions to research and the teaching in materials physics, in particular to elucidate the role of local solute configurations on new functionalities of semiconductor alloys.

Mats LjungmanProfessor of Radiation Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Faculty of Public Health, for distinguished contributions to the field of computational medicine and bioinformation through scientific achievement and leadership through contributions and a dedication to the RNA research community.

George MashourRobert B. Sweet Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery, and Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychology, School of Literature, Science, and the Arts, for distinguished contributions to the fields of anesthesiology and of academic neuroscience, particularly for studies across the translational spectrum identifying network-level mechanisms of how general anesthetics disrupt consciousness.

$rightarrow$Sofia Merajver, GreaterGood Professor of Breast Cancer Research and Professor of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, for landmark studies on mechanisms, novel therapies and biomarkers , and the management of patients with inflammatory breast cancer and women at increased risk of cancer in the United States and Africa.

David MuschProfessor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, for his distinguished contributions to the field of clinical epidemiology, particularly in using innovative design principles and analytical techniques to provide evidence-based advice for the prevention and treatment of ophthalmic disease.

Melanie Diane OhiRowena G. Matthews Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, Life Sciences Institute, Professor of Cellular and Developmental Biology, Medical School, for her distinguished contributions to the field of structural biology, in particular the structure/function discoveries in cell secretion systems. pathogenic bacteria, and to expand access to cryo-electron microscopy through education.

Ling-QiProfessor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, for his distinguished contributions to the field of medicine by generating novel insights into the importance of ER-associated protein degradation in
pathogenesis of the disease.

Patricia Ann Reuter-LorenzMichael I. Posner Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Associate Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, for his distinguished contributions to the field of cognitive neuroscience, particularly for his outstanding research on the mechanisms of attention, memory and aging, and for dedicated service in the field.

Patrick SchlossFrederick G. Novy Collegiate Professor of Microbiome Research, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School, for his distinguished contributions to computational biology, in particular for the development of computer programs for DNA sequence analysis of populations mixed bacteria.

Roseanne SensationProfessor of Chemistry and Physics at the Faculty of Letters, Sciences and Arts, for his outstanding contributions to ultrafast chemistry and to the visualization of the dynamics of chemical reactions.

Susan ShoreMerle Lawrence Collegiate Professor of Otolaryngology Research, Professor of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, for his distinguished contributions to the field of sensory neuroscience, particularly in the roles and mechanisms of brainstem circuits for hearing and the mechanisms underlying tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Catherine SpindlerProfessor of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, for his distinguished contributions to the field of viral pathogenesis and virus-host interactions and for his outstanding contributions to mentorship, professional service, and science communication.

Stephane TaylorProfessor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Letters, Science and Arts, for his outstanding contributions to research aimed at developing and improving treatments for psychiatric disorders.

John VoorheesDuncan O. and Ella M. Poth Distinguished Professor of Dermatology, Medical School, for their extraordinary contributions to skin biology and dermatology, particularly psoriasis, skin response to ultraviolet radiation, and skin aging, and a review exemplary and sustained leadership in dermatology.

Patricia WittkoppSally L. Allen Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, for their outstanding contributions to the field of evolutionary genetics, including the discovery of genetics and genomic changes responsible for phenotypic differences within and between species, and exceptional teaching and mentoring.

Bing YeBurton L. Baker Collegiate Professor of the Life Sciences, Life Sciences Institute, and Professor of Cellular and Developmental Biology, Medical School, for his distinguished contributions to the field of developmental neuroscience, particularly for the molecular basis of morphology specification axonal and dendritic, and for their functional characteristics.

New scholarship recipients will be celebrated later this year at an in-person gathering when possible from a public health and safety perspective. The new class will also be featured in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science this month.

UM also led the nation in AAAS scholars in 2019, with 22.

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