Case Western Reserve University’s Pamela Davis, Lynn Singer named 2017 AAAS Fellows

Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and senior vice president for medical affairs, and Lynn T. Singer, PhD, the university’s deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

They are among 396 AAAS members selected as fellows by their peers for their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

Davis was selected for “distinguished contributions in the understanding and treatment of cystic fibrosis and in outstanding leadership in the medical community.” She holds the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Research Professorship and is both professor of pediatrics, physiology and biophysics, and of molecular biology and microbiology.

Singer, professor of population and quantitative health sciences, pediatrics, psychiatry and psychology at the School of Medicine, was selected for “distinguished contributions to the field of pediatric psychology, particularly for early identification of infant risk and for biologic and psychosocial factors affecting developmental outcome.”

This year’s AAAS fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science on November 24 and formally recognized on February 17 during the 2018 AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

Lifetime of service

Davis has served on the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; Davis holds seven U.S. patents.

Her awards include election to the National Academy of Medicine, the Paul Di Sant’Agnese Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Rosenthal Prize for academic pediatrics and the Smith College Medal. She also has been elected to the Association of American Physicians and inducted into the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame.

Davis received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Smith College in 1968. She earned her doctorate in physiology and pharmacology in 1973 and her medical degree in 1974, both from Duke University.

Committed researcher and administrator

As deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs, Singer oversees promotions, appointments and tenure, undergraduate and graduate studies, post-doctoral affairs and a number of university offices and institutions.

Her research expertise includes cognitive and motor outcomes of cocaine-exposed infants, chronic lung disease of prematurity and the effects of fetal exposure to the drug "ecstasy." She has edited two books and published over 200 professional articles.

Singer’s awards include the Cleveland Human Rights Campaign Leadership Award and the American Council on Education-Ohio Women’s Network Award for Excellence in Leadership in Higher Education. Previously, she was elected president of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society. Singer is also an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Singer received her master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve, and her bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and master’s in education from the University of Pittsburgh—both in special education and rehabilitation.


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