Five UT Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

Five UT professors have been named by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to its 2014 class of fellows for their teaching and research.

This year, 401 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The new fellows will be presented with an official certificate February 14 at the AAAS annual meeting in San Jose, California.

The newly honored fellows, and the citations on their awards, are:

David Anderson, anthropology professor: For distinguished contributions to the archaeology of the southeastern United States, by directing and reporting on numerous large scale fieldwork, analysis and synthesis projects.

Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement and professor of civil and environmental engineering: For distinguished contributions to administration in academe and the US research enterprise, particularly advancing public research universities and their partnership with government and industry.

Liz Howell, professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology: For distinguished contributions to understanding the structure-function relationship in the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase.

John Larese, chemistry professor: For outstanding neutron-scattering and thermodynamic studies of the structure and dynamics of molecular adsorption on surfaces and development of related instrumentation.

Dan Roberts, head of the department of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology: For distinguished contributions to plant biochemistry, particularly for work on membrane channels and transporters and calcium regulatory proteins, as well as service to the discipline.

AAAS is one of the largest scientific organizations in the world, serving more than 261 individual science societies with more than a million members. It also publishes the journal Science. Fellows must be nominated to membership either by three current fellows, the CEO of AAAS, or AAAS steering groups. Nominations are subject to approval by the AAAS Council. The first class of fellows was named in 1874.

For more information on the nomination process and to search a database of current AAAS fellows, visit the website.

C O N T A C T :

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460, wheins@utk.edu)