Four UA Professors Elected as AAAS Fellows

Four University of Arizona professors in the departments of entomology, chemistry and biochemistry, and ecology and evolutionary biology have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS. Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

AAAS awarded the distinction of Fellow to 702 of its members this year. These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Founded in 1848, the association includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

Those from the UA who were named AAAS Fellows are:
Alexander Badyaev, a professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology, for distinguished contributions to evolutionary ecology by integrating tools and theory from quantitative genetics and the evolution of development.

The central goal and pioneering contribution of Badyaev's research is in deciphering the interplay among randomness, contingency and adaptation in the evolution of organismal form and function. Badyaev’s key studies aim to reconcile innovation and adaptation in the evolution of animal coloration, variability and heritability in skeletal structures, and adaptability and adaptation in the evolution of complex physiological systems.
Badyaev also is a highly accomplished nature photographer.

Michael Brown, a professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, for advancing the theoretical and experimental understanding of the structure, dynamics and function of cellular membranes and membrane proteins.

Brown’s research group studies the structure and function of proteins and related molecules embedded in the membrane of cells, where they serve as receptors for light, hormones and neurotransmitters. Certain such molecules are important targets for drugs, and understanding how they function opens up new avenues for therapies and other applications.

Read the rest of this November 29 UANews article at the link below. The article includes a profile of AAAS Fellow Yves Carrière, a professor in the department of entomology, for advances in understanding and managing evolution of insect resistance to insecticides and transgenic plants.

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Jan 23 2013