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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded the distinction of AAAS 2012 Fellow to four of its members at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
In a statement released on Nov. 29, 2012, the association says the election as AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon its members by their peers because of their efforts at advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.
The following are the School’s AAAS 2012 Fellows and a statement on their distinguished work:
Charles Carter, PhD, “For distinguished experimental and theoretical contributions to the fields of structural molecular biology and the evolution of enzymes, and for services to the American Crystallographic Association.” He is a professor in the department of biochemistry and biophysics.
Robert Duronio, PhD, “For distinguished contributions to the field of developmental genetics, particularly pertaining to cell cycle regulation, and for service in graduate education in the biomedical sciences.” Duronio is assistant dean for research in the medical school, professor of biology and genetics, and also directs the Curriculum in Genetics and Molecular Biology PhD program and the Program in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at UNC.
Lishan Su, PhD, “For distinguished contributions to the field of HIV immune pathogenesis, particularly for modeling persistent infection, immunopathogenesis and therapy by HIV and HCV in immunized mice.” He is professor in the department of microbiology and immunology.
Kevin Weeks, PhD, “For distinguished contributions to the development of technology predicting the structures of RNAs and for their application of this technology to problems of biological importance.” The Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemistry is also a faculty member in the Program in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the School of Medicine.
Duronio, Su, and Weeks are members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.
This year’s 720 AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 30, 2012.