The University Record, November 20, 2000


Seven faculty named AAAS Fellows

Seven U-M faculty members are among 251 scholars nationwide that have been named American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows. Individuals are granted fellow status to recognize efforts in advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold or blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin Feb. 17 at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

U-M faculty named Fellows are:

  • Huda Akil, the Gardner C. Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neurosciences, professor of psychiatry, and co-director and senior research scientist, Mental Health Research Institute, for “outstanding contributions to the neurobiology of depression and stress and for leadership in creating a modern scientific basis for psychiatry.”

  • George J. Brewer, the Morton S. and Henrietta K. Sellner Professor of Human Genetics, professor of human genetics and of internal medicine, for “pioneering clinical research on copper metabolism and Wilson’s disease, with development of zinc and tetra-thio-molybdate treatments that have transformed care of patients with this disease.”

  • Jack E. Dixon, the Minor J. Coon Professor of Biological Chemistry, co-director of the Life Sciences Institute, and chair and professor, Department of Biological Chemistry, for “pioneering discoveries of the coding of peptide hormones, structure and catalytic mechanism of phosphotyrosine phosphates, and the lipid second-messenger target of the tumor suppressor PTEN.”

  • Vincent L. Pecoraro, professor of chemistry, for “fundamental studies of the biological chemistry of manganese, particularly in photosynthetic water oxidation chemistry.”

  • Nancy E. Reame, professor of nursing and research scientist, Reproductive Sciences Program, for “important clinical studies of women’s hormonal patterns during the menstrual cycle, in relation to infertility, and in premenopause and menopause periods of life.”

  • Stanley J. Watson, the Theophile Raphael Collegiate Professor of Neurosciences and professor of psychiatry, and associate chair of research, co-director and senior research scientist, Mental Health Research Institute, for “distinguished contributions to understanding the neurobiology of stress and depression.”

  • Max S. Wicha, Distinguished Professor of Oncology, professor of internal medicine and director, Cancer Center, for “distinguished contributions to the understanding of apoptosis in the biology and treatment of breast cancer and for national leadership in the fight against cancer.”

    Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest federation of scientists. The organization works to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs and publications. With more than 143,000 members and 276 affiliated societies, AAAS conducts many science policy and education programs and publishes the journal Science, among other activities.