November 21, 2016

Eight Purdue professors elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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 professors are being honored for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

The fellows from Purdue are:

* Elisa Bertino, professor of computer science, research director of Purdue’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) and director of Purdue’s Cyber Center in Discovery Park. For distinguished contributions to information and computer security.

* William A. Cramer, Purdue’s Henry Koffler Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences. For distinguished contributions to the fields of structural biology of membrane proteins involved in photosynthetic electron transport and of colicin transport outer-membrane proteins.

* James Andrew DeWoody, professor of genetics in the College of Agriculture. For substantive contributions to the fields of wildlife and fisheries genetics, particularly for extending the theory and practice of parentage analysis in molecular ecology and conservation genetics.

* Barbara Lynn Golden, professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture. For numerous key and substantial contributions to the field of RNA structural biology and biochemistry.

* Hilkka Inkeri Kenttämaa, Purdue’s Frank Brown Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. For distinguished contributions to the field of organic mass spectrometry, particularly for research on distonic radical cations and new ionization and structural characterization methods.

* Matthew W. Ohland, professor of engineering education in the College of Engineering. For distinguished contributions in how engineering students are educated through classroom teaching, research impact, development of educational technology, and society leadership.

* Craig K. Svensson, dean of Purdue’s College of Pharmacy and professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology. For distinguished contributions in pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and disposition, and for excellence in administrative contributions as division head and dean.

* Wallace E. Tyner, James & Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture. For distinguished contributions in agricultural and energy economics and research at the interface of the two areas, especially biofuels economics and policy.

The 2016 fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Friday (Nov. 25) issue of Science, and they will be honored on Feb. 18 at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.

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 online

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