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School of Medicine faculty member Richard Zigmond, Ph.D., elected AAAS fellow

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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Professor of Neurosciences Richard E. Zigmond, Ph.D., has been awarded the distinction of fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Zigmond joins 375 other new fellows elected in 2005 because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Zigmond was elected to the Neuroscience Section "for studies on the effects of changes in neural activity on the transmitter-synthesizing abilities of neurons and for investigations on the effects of injury on neuronal gene expression."

Among the others elected:

  • Huntington F. Willard, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of genetics at Case, was elected in the AAAS Biological Sciences section "for pioneering work on identifying functional elements in the human centromere that led to the construction of the first human artificial chromosomes." Case,s Department of Genetics, led by Willard as chair, in 1997 created the first artificial human chromosome, a powerful new tool for the study of human genetics and gene therapy and a technical achievement that is part of a larger quest to cure genetic diseases. Willard now is director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, vice chancellor for genome sciences, and Nanaline H. Duke Professor of Genome Sciences at the Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • Peter Agre, M.D., who completed his residency training through Case, was elected to the AAAS Medical Sciences section "for discovery of the aquaporin water channel proteins as regulators of water balance and for identification of their structure, function and importance in human disease." A 2003 Nobel laureate, Agre is vice chancellor of science and technology, and professor of cell biology, at Duke University.
  • Philip Osdoby, Ph.D., who completed his doctorate in biology through Case,s School of Graduate Studies in 1978, was elected in the AAAS Biological Sciences section "for distinguished contributions to the field of bone osteoclast development and physiology and for studies on cell-matrix interactions in bone." He is a professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis.

This year,s AAAS fellows will be announced in the journal Science on Oct. 28 and will receive official certificates and gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pins Feb. 18 during the 2006 AAAS annual meeting in St. Louis.

The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers. Currently, members can be considered for the rank if nominated by the steering groups of the association,s 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members (as long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee,s institution), or by the CEO of AAAS. Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section, and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list. The council is the policymaking body of the association, chaired by the AAAS president and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

 

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