American Association for the Advancement of Science Names Fellows from Yale

Yale faculty members Ronald R. Breaker, Andrew D. Hamilton and Karl Ulrich Mayer are among the 308 new Fellows selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Elevation of AAAS members to the rank of fellow honors their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Fellows are announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on October 29. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin on February 19 at the Fellows Forum during the 2005 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The following are the areas of excellence of this year’s recipients at Yale:

* RONALD R. BREAKER, associate professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology: For the discovery of and studies on riboswitches, cis-acting RNA sequences that respond to cellular metabolites to regulate gene expression.

* ANDREW D. HAMILTON, Provost, Benjamin Silliman Professor of Chemistry and professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry: For pioneering achievements in bioorganic chemistry, especially in artificial receptor design, catalyst development, enzyme inhibition, peptidomimetic and protemimetic design, protein-protein interactions, and signal transduction.

* KARL ULRICH MAYER, professor of sociology: For empirical studies of comparative social inequality and mobility in Europe, leading to new theories of political economy, and of state policy and life chances.

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science. Founded in 1848, it serves 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, and 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million. The non-profit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; international programs; science education; and more. For the latest research news, see EurekAlert!,, a service of AAAS.

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