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Medical School Faculty Elected as Fellows

U-M has largest number ofnew AAAS fellows from single institution

originally posted November 9, 2000

ANN ARBOR, MI - Five faculty members from the University of Michigan Medical School have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest organization of scientists. They make up the majority of the U-M's seven new AAAS fellows, the largest group from any single U.S. institution this year.

AAAS fellows are a select group chosen by their peers for their distinguished efforts in advancing science or scientific applications. A total of 251 were elected this year; they will officially become fellows on Feb. 17 at the national AAAS meeting in San Francisco. The five UMMS faculty are:

Huda Akil, Ph.D., Gardner C. Quarton Professor of Neurosciences in Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and co-director and senior research scientist of the U-M Mental Health Research Institute. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the neurobiology of depression and stress, and for leadership in creating a modern scientific basis for psychiatry.

George J. Brewer, M.D., professor of genetics and internal medicine. He was elected for his clinical research on copper metabolism and Wilson's disease, and the development of zinc and tetrathiomolybdate treatments that have transformed care of patients with the disease.

Jack E. Dixon, Ph.D., Minor J. Coon Professor of Biological Chemistry, chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry. His nomination cited his pioneering discoveries of peptide hormones, structure and catalytic mechanism of phosphotyrosine phosphatases, and the lipid second-messenger target of the tumor suppressor PTEN.

Stanley J. Watson, Ph.D., M.D., Raphael Professor of Neurosciences in Psychiatry and co-director and research scientist at MHRI. He was elected in recognition of his distinguished contributions to understanding the neurobiology of stress and depression.

Max S. Wicha, M.D., professor of internal medicine and director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was elected for his contributions to the understanding of apoptosis in the biology and treatment of breast cancer, and for national leadership in the fight against cancer.

The other two U-M faculty elected AAAS fellows were:

Vincent Pecoraro, Ph.D., professor of chemistry in the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, for fundamental studies of the biological chemistry of manganese, particularly in photosynthetic water oxidation chemistry.

Nancy Reame, MSN, Ph.D., professor, School of Nursing and a research scientist in the Reproductive Sciences Program, for important clinical studies of women's hormonal patterns during the menstrual cycle, in relation to infertility, and in premenopause and menopause periods of life.


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