Five Vanderbilt faculty elected as 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows

Vanderbilt University

Five Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty members were elected as 2022 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They were selected by a group of their AAAS peers.  

“The ranks of AAAS fellows include the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas Edison and Margaret Mead, in addition to many of the most respected minds in contemporary science and innovation,” Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “The election of these esteemed faculty members is a great honor for them personally and an honor for Vanderbilt as well. I heartily congratulate this year’s fellows on behalf of the entire university community.”  

The fellows represent the College of Arts and Science, the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering. 

“From physics to chemistry to neuroscience, and from computer science to radiology, our newest AAAS fellows are making a difference not only through their foundational discoveries, but also by translating them to solutions with meaningful societal benefit,” Provost C. Cybele Raver said. “Their extraordinary achievements help make Vanderbilt a highest-caliber center of discovery and innovation, and I am proud to call these trailblazing scientists my colleagues.”  

The 2022 fellows are: 

Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research and innovation and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, for enduring novel contributions to high-performance computing and computational science and for distinguished service in science administration. 

Kenneth Catania, who holds the Stevenson Chair in Biological Sciences and is professor of biological sciences, for distinguished. contributions to the field of sensory neuroscience, particularly for his creative studies of non-model organisms and for making this work accessible to the public. 

Wellington Pham, professor of radiology and radiological sciences, for contributions to molecular imaging and the development of noninvasive molecular probes of tissue biology. 

John McLean, chair of chemistry and Stevenson Professor in Chemistry, for distinguished contributions to the field of analytical chemistry—particularly for innovations in structural mass spectrometry and ion mobility-mass spectrometry for advancing molecular understanding in health and disease. 

Robert Scherrer, professor of physics, for distinguished contributions to the field of theoretical cosmology—particularly for novel theories of dark energy and dark matter—and for creative approaches to public literacy through science fiction. 

The 2022 AAAS fellows class includes 506 scientists, engineers and innovators spanning 24 scientific disciplines.  

“AAAS is excited to announce the newest class of fellows from across the scientific enterprise in a tradition dating back nearly 150 years and to honor their broad range of achievements,” said Sudip Parikh, AAAS chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. 

The new AAAS fellows will be honored for their achievements at a celebration in Washington, D.C., this spring. 

About the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science journals. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement and more.