Six Johns Hopkins faculty members have been awarded
the distinction of fellow of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon members
by their peers.
The announcement of this year's 348 new fellows was
made in the journal Science on Oct. 31.
According to AAAS, the world's largest general
federation of scientists, these individuals have been
elevated to this rank because of their efforts to advance
science or applications that are deemed scientifically or
socially distinguished. New fellows will be presented with
an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing
science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb.
14 at the Fellows Forum during the 2004 AAAS annual meeting
As part of the Biological Sciences section, Carol W.
Greider, director of
Molecular Biology and
Genetics in the School of Medicine, was cited "for
groundbreaking studies on the molecular biology of
telomeres and telomerase and their roles in maintaining
chromosome integrity in normal and transformed cells."
Cecile M. Pickart, professor in the
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the
Bloomberg School of Public Health, was recognized "for
major contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms
and functions of the ubiquitin-proteasome system."
In the Chemistry section, Craig A. Townsend, professor
of chemistry in the Krieger School of
Arts and Sciences, was honored "for outstanding
contributions to the field of biosynthesis of microbial
metabolites, including betalactam antibiotics."
In Medical Sciences, Robert J. Arceci, a visiting
oncology in the School of Medicine, was recognized "for
advances in elucidating the pathogenesis of pediatric acute
leukemias and in improving their therapy." Donald S. Burke,
professor in the Department
of International Health in the Bloomberg School of
Public Health with a joint appointment in the School of
Medicine, was cited "for distinguished contributions to
research on the prevention and control of epidemic virus
diseases, including HIV/AIDS, flaviviruses and other
diseases of global importance."
The section on Social, Economic and Political Sciences
recognized Amy Ong Tsui, professor of
population and family
health sciences in the Bloomberg School of Public
Health, "for significant studies of reproductive health and
population processes in developing countries and for
exceptional leadership at Johns Hopkins University and the
University of North Carolina."
The tradition of electing AAAS fellows began in 1874.
The organization was founded in 1848 to advance science for
human well-being in the areas of science policy, science
education and international scientific cooperation. AAAS'
journal, Science, is an editorially independent,
multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed weekly that ranks among
the world's most prestigious scientific journals.