Prestigious honor recognizes researchers who lead their discipline on a global scale
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2017) – Six University of South Florida professors whose research efforts span biology, engineering, chemistry and business have been selected as Fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the organization announced Monday.
Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon the association’s members by their peers and is considered one of the top honors in academic research. The USF professors join 396 academic researchers who have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
“We are immensely proud of these six scientists, who are not only leaders and role models in their respective disciplines but across the USF System community,” said Paul R. Sanberg, USF senior vice president for research, innovation and knowledge enterprise.
“To be recognized as an AAAS Fellow is a significant career achievement that honors the profound impact these individuals have in developing new knowledge and advancing the understanding of our world on every level, from the most basic organisms to complex human innovations.”
The new class brings USF’s total number of AAAS Fellows to 62. This year, USF again ranks fourth worldwide for institutions with the most new AAAS Fellows elected – tied with the University of Arizona, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Oregon, University of Southern California, and Florida State University. USF also tied with FSU for the highest number of new AAAS Fellows among institutions in Florida.
The new AAAS Fellows from USF are:
Mya Breitbart of the USF College of Marine Science – For pioneering research in the field of viral metagenomics, particularly for developing new virus detection methods and discovery of single-stranded DNA viruses in nature.
Clifford L. Henderson of the USF College of Engineering – For distinguished research contributions to the fields of functional materials, microlithography and nanomanufacturing, and for leadership contributions to advance chemical and materials science and engineering.
Jennifer E. Lewis of the USF College of Arts and Sciences – For two decades of excellence in chemical education research, scholarship and teaching coupled with outstanding leadership in education at the local, regional and national levels.
Lynn Bloxom “Marty” Martin II of the USF College of Arts and Sciences – For distinguished contributions to the field of ecological physiology, particularly conceptual and methodological developments and discoveries in ecological immunology and organismal biology.
Jason R. Rohr of the USF College of Arts and Sciences For distinguished contributions to fundamental, applied, disease, toxicological, and climate change ecology.
James R. Stock of the USF Muma College of Business – For distinguished contributions to the advancement of the field of supply-chain management (SCM), particularly for the establishment of the sub-field of reverse logistics.
This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journalScience on Nov. 24.
About the University of South Florida
The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF ranks in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.
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 (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. 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.