Three Purdue professors elected as fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science

November 26, 2013  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Three Purdue University professors have been awarded the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.

The distinction recognizes their notable work to advance science or its applications, and fellows are elected by peer members. The association will present 388 new fellows with the award on Feb. 15 during the association's annual meeting in Chicago.

The fellows from Purdue are:

* Robert L. Geahlen, distinguished professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology, for distinguished contributions to the field of receptor signaling, particularly for the discovery of Syk and understanding its central role in B cell signaling.

* Ananth Grama, professor of computer science, for distinguished contributions to the field of high-performance computing and computational sciences, particularly for system level modeling of biological processes.

* Jeffrey R. Lucas, professor of biological sciences, for distinguished contributions to animal behavior, optimality modeling, and animal communication, particularly in relation to the adaptive and mechanistic aspects of hearing in birds.

These new AAAS fellows bring the Purdue total to 57.

The tradition of selecting fellows began in 1874. Members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering group of their respective sections, by three fellows or by the association's chief executive officer. Each steering group then reviews nominations within its respective section and forwards a final list to the association's council. The nomination involves all disciplines of science and engineering, which makes it broader than any technical society. Additional information is available at http://www.aaas.org 

Writer: Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu 

Sources: Robert Geahlen, 765-494-1457, geahlen@purdue.edu

Ananth Grama 765-494-6964, ayg@purdue.edu

Jeffrey Lucas, 765-494-8112, jlucas@purdue.edu

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