AAAS and the University of Minnesota Announce 2017 Fellows

November 20, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (11/20/17) — The University of Minnesota and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are excited to announce that five UMN researchers have been named as AAAS Fellows. Election as a Fellow is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Among the 396 members honored this year by AAAS because of their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications are:

David BernlohrDavid A. Bernlohr, Ph.D. (Section of Biological Science)
University of Minnesota Medical School and College of Biological Sciences
Bernlohr is a Distinguished McKnight Professor; head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics; Cargill Chair in Systems Biology of Human Metabolism; and a professor with the College of Biological Sciences. Bernlohr has been named an AAAS Fellow for his contributions to the field of biochemistry and advancements in the fields of diabetes, obesity and metabolism.

Ashley Haase

Ashley T. Haase, MD (Section of Biological Sciences)
University of Minnesota Medical School
Haase is a Regents’ Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology; and a professor in the Department of Medicine. Haase has been named an AAAS Fellow for investigating human (HIV-1/AIDS) and non-human primate (SIV) lentivirus infections, especially for developing the SIV rhesus macaque model for vaccine development. 

Reuben HarrisReuben S. Harris, Ph.D. (Section of Biological Science)
College of Biological Sciences and Masonic Cancer Center
Harris is a professor with the College of Biological Sciences, a member of the Masonic Cancer Center, and associate director of the Institute for Molecular Virology at the University of Minnesota. Harris has been honored as an AAAS Fellow for his contributions to the understanding of mechanisms mutagenesis in evolution, in host-cell defense against viruses, and cancer development.

david oddeDavid J. Odde, Ph.D. (Section of Engineering)
College of Science and Engineering and Masonic Cancer Center
Odde is a professor with the Department of Biomedical Engineering within the College of Science and Engineering and a biology and engineering leader with the Brain Tumor Program within the Masonic Cancer Center. Odde has been recognized as a AAAS Fellow for his contributions to the understanding of the self assembly and force generation of microtubules, F-actin, and associated proteins.

kasha parhiKeshab K. Parhi, Ph.D. (Section of Engineering)
College of Science and Engineering
Parhi is a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Science and Engineering. Parhi has been named an AAAS Fellow for his contributions to architectures and methodologies for VLSI design of digital signal processing systems and physical layer communication systems that form the backbone of the Internet.

The Fellows will be presented an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin at the AAAS Fellows Forum on Saturday, February 17 at 8 a.m. Central Time during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 24, 2017.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. To find out more about Fellows nomination and selection process, got www.aaas.org/general-process. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! (www.eurekalert.org), the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS. See www.aaas.org.

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