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Eight Vanderbilt faculty elected AAAS fellows for 2019

by Nov. 26, 2019, 10:00 AM

Eight Vanderbilt University faculty members have been named 2019 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

“I am enormously proud of the eight faculty members who earned this inspiring accomplishment, and I’m delighted that they are being recognized for the impact of their research and discoveries,” Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente said. “The growing number of Vanderbilt faculty in the AAAS is a testament to our collective excellence and ability to drive positive change far beyond our campus.”

The 2019 Vanderbilt fellows are:

Douglas E. Adams, Daniel F. Flowers Chair and Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, for extraordinary research contributions in experimental nonlinear dynamic systems with societal impacts in energy, national security and manufacturing sectors, and for influential academic leadership.

Dan Fleetwood, Olin H. Landreth Chair in Engineering and professor of electrical engineering, for distinguished contributions to the field of microelectronics reliability, particularly for enhancing the understanding of defects, radiation response and low-frequency noise.

Gordon D. Logan, Centennial Professor of Psychology, for theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of attention, skill and executive control.

Clare McCabe, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, for sustained excellence and novel contributions to molecular theory and simulation, and for distinguished service to the field of chemical engineering.

Kevin G. Osteen, Pierre Soupart Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, for distinguished contributions to the field of human reproductive endocrinology, particularly in the areas of reproductive toxicology and endometriosis.

Jeffery C. Rathmell, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Immunology and professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, for distinguished contributions to the field of immunology and cell biology, particularly through the development of an integrated understanding of metabolism and immunity.

David H. Zald, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair, professor of psychology and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, for distinguished contributions to the field of neuroscience, particularly for uncovering the neural and neuropharmacological systems involved in emotion and motivation.

David L. Zealear, professor of otolaryngology, for distinguished contributions to the understanding of the neural control of laryngeal muscles and the neuromodulation of their reinnervation following nerve injury.

This year, 443 AAAS members have been awarded the fellow distinction because of their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.” Vanderbilt now has 142 AAAS fellows among its current and emeriti faculty.

New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold-and-blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 15 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

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