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

January 20, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Eight 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 notable work to advance science or its applications, and fellows are elected by their peer members. The association will present 503 new fellows with the award on Feb. 19 during a special forum at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Purdue's newest fellows are as follows:

R. Graham Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, for his contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry through innovations in ionization, ion chemistry and instrumentation.

Stanton B. Gelvin, the H. Edwin Umbarger Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, for his contributions to scientific understanding of Agrobacterium mediated transformation of plant cells.

Paul M. Hasegawa, the Bruno Moser Distinguished Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, for his contributions to the field of plant abiotic stress and the understanding of signaling and effector determinants of salt, osmotic and low-temperature stress tolerance.

Ahmed Hassanein, the Paul L. Wattelet Professor of Nuclear Engineering, for his contributions to the areas of nuclear fission and fusion, high-energy and nuclear physics, and advanced nanolithography applications.

Scott A. Jackson, professor of agronomy, for his contributions to the field of crop genomics and the mapping, sequencing and analysis of complex crop plant genomes.

Scott A. McLuckey, the John A. Leighty Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, for his contributions to biological mass spectrometry through research in gas-phase ion chemistry and the development of novel instrumentation.

Paul B. Shepson, professor of chemistry, for his contributions to the elucidation of important chemical and photochemical processes that play central roles in air pollution and climate change.

Arvind Varma, the R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, for pioneering research publications in chemical reaction engineering and advanced novel materials synthesis, authorship of textbook and monographs, editorship of book series, and academic leadership.

These professors join 38 Purdue colleagues as AAAS fellows.

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. Additional information is available at http://www.aaas.org 

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