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Three University of Minnesota faculty honored as lifetime AAAS Fellows

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, announced its 2022 class of Fellows today, including three University of Minnesota faculty members. Professors Alan Love, Calvin Sun and Hui Zou are among more than 500 new AAAS Fellows, including scientists, engineers and innovators spanning 24 scientific disciplines. 

“On behalf of the University, I offer my sincere congratulations to Professors Love, Sun and Zou for the recognition of their significant contributions to their respective fields,” said AAAS Fellow and U of M Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel Croson. “Their transformative research, scientific integrity and intellectual rigor are shining examples of our faculty’s commitment to world-class research and the impact that it can have. I am proud to count them among my colleagues.”

Alan Love, Ph.D. (Section of History & Philosophy of Science)

Love is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts who studies the concepts of evolutionary innovation and novelty as well as issues that arise in developmental biology and functional morphology. His research seeks to bridge disciplinary differences through an account of scientific problems that provides a foundation for interdisciplinary inquiry. Love is recognized as an AAAS Fellow for contributions to conceptual and methodological issues arising in the philosophical inquiry into evolutionary biology and scientific practice.

Changquan Calvin Sun, Ph.D. (Section of Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Sun is a professor in the College of Pharmacy whose research focuses on manufacturing science of solid dosage forms such as tablets and capsules. By introducing new characterization tools and applying crystal and particle engineering techniques, his work has led to the efficient design of high-quality and low-cost medicines. Sun is recognized as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of drug delivery and dosage form design, particularly for integrating fundamental material science and engineering principles to solve real-world tablet manufacturing problems.

Hui Zou, Ph.D. (Section of Statistics) 

Zou is a professor in the College of Liberal Arts whose research specialties include statistical learning and high-dimensional statistics. Zou is a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher and is ranked on Stanford University's global list of the top 2% of scientists. Zou is recognized as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the statistical inference in high dimensions, especially with respect to variable selection, regularization and sparse discriminant analysis. 

The AAAS Fellowship is a lifetime honor that comes with an expectation that recipients maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity. The new Fellows will receive a certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin (representing science and engineering, respectively) to commemorate their election and will be celebrated in Washington, D.C., in summer 2023. They will also be featured in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science in February 2023.

“AAAS is proud to elevate these standout individuals and recognize the many ways in which they’ve advanced scientific excellence, tackled complex societal challenges and pushed boundaries that will reap benefits for years to come,” said Sudip Parikh, AAAS chief executive officer and executive publisher.

View a full list of the 2022 class of AAAS Fellows and historic honorees at  

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About the American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, 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 more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. The nonprofit AAAS 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. For additional information about AAAS, visit

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