Eight U-M scientists and engineers have been elected 2013 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. U-M researchers were among 388 new fellows announced Monday by AAAS.
The new fellows are being honored for their efforts to advance science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. U-M’s 2013 AAAS fellows are:
• Toni Antonucci, the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology, research professor at the Institute for Social Research and associate vice president for research for social sciences and humanities. She is honored for distinguished contributions to the fields of psychology and gerontology, particularly for identifying the importance of social relations for health and well-being across the lifespan.
• Mark Barteau, the DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Energy Institute. He is honored for groundbreaking contributions to metal oxides and transition metal catalysis, which led to the development of fundamental understanding and design of novel, improved catalysts.
• Bradley Cardinale, associate professor of natural resources and environment, and ecology and evolutionary biology. He is honored for distinguished contributions to our understanding of how biodiversity influences the functioning of ecosystems and how extinction affects the goods and services ecosystems provide humanity.
• Sharon Glotzer, the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering and professor of materials science and engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, and physics. She is honored for groundbreaking simulations of the self-assembly of nanoparticles into complex structures and for her theoretical contributions to patchy particles, colloidal crystals, quasicrystals and glass-forming liquids.
• Peter Ma, the Richard H. Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor of Dentistry and professor of biomedical engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, and materials science and engineering. He is honored for distinguished contributions to biomimetic biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
• Dr. Bishr Omary, the H. Marvin Pollard Professor of Gastroenterology and professor of internal medicine, and molecular and integrative physiology. He is honored for distinguished contributions to the field of gastroenterology, physiology and cell biology, including defining the function, regulation and disease association of keratins in digestive organs.
• Diane Robins, professor of human genetics. She is honored for distinguished research contributions in the fields of molecular endocrinology and cancer genetics, including insights into androgen receptor function, as well as for outstanding leadership in graduate education and for service to scientific organizations.
• John Tesmer, the Cyrus Levinthal Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, research professor at the Life Sciences Institute, and professor of pharmacology and biological chemistry. He is honored for seminal studies of the structure and mechanism of intracellular signaling pathways, especially involving G protein-coupled receptor kinases and heterotrimeric G proteins.
Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, by any three fellows who are current AAAS members, or by the association’s chief executive officer. The AAAS policymaking council votes on the final list.
In 2012, U-M led the nation with 19 scientists and engineers elected as AAAS fellows.