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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 3, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 10
AAAS Elects Six Johns Hopkins Faculty Members as Fellows

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 in Seattle.

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 professor of pediatric 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.


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