Yale faculty elected to world’s largest scientific society

Five Yale scholars have been named as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The AAAS states they were elevated to the rank of fellow “because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” All told, 388 scientists from around the world were elected this year.

The new AAAS fellows from Yale are:

Paul Cleary, chair of Yale School of Public Health, for “exceptional scholarly contributions through the use of sociological methods and perspectives to advance understanding of a wide range of health and health care issues.”

Craig Crews, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and of pharmacology and chemistry, and executive director of the Yale Center for Molecular Discovery core at West Campus, for “distinguished contributions to the field of chemical biology and particularly for contributions to the development of a new anticancer drug.”

Megan Urry, professor of physics and astronomy, for “exemplary dedication to research and teaching in physics and astronomy, and for leadership in promoting  the participation of women in the physics profession.”

Flora Vaccarino, professor of child psychiatry and neurobiology, for “distinguished contributions to the developmental neurobiology field, and the integration of knowledge derived from mouse models to the emerging field of human stem cells.”

Sandra Wolin, professor and vice-chair of cell biology and molecular biophysics and biochemistry, for “defining a novel pathway of RNA regulation involving Ro protein as a central mediator of controlled turnover.”

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. 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 additional information about the association, visit the website.

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