December 3rd, 2012 | Sci-Tech

Seven Yale professors named fellows of AAAS

Seven Yale faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Council, a prestigious honor that awards their “meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications,” according to the AAAS.

The brainy Yalies will join the other 695 honorees at the AAAS annual meeting this February and will be awarded with a certificate and blue and gold rosette for their achievements.

The list of honorees from Yale spans a wide range of scientific achievements, ranging from biology and neuroscience to computer science and physics. Joan Feigenbaum, a computer science professor at Yale who was also named a fellow this year, said she hopes the achievement of Yale professors in the sciences will encourage the administration to further support the science and technology sector at Yale.

“I hope that the fact that I and many other faculty members in Yale’s science departments are recognized by the scientific world at large will help convince the Yale administration that science, technology, engineering, and math are crucially important components of 21st-century intellectual life,” Feigenbaum wrote. “They should receive more attention here at Yale.”

Mark Hochstrasser, a professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry who researches protein degradation within cells, said it is “very nice” to have his research recognized by his colleagues at the AAAS, adding that his field has made great strides since he began his lab nearly 20 years ago.

See the list of Yalies awarded the honor below:

Lynne Cooley, professor of genetics, cell biology, and molecular, cellular and developmental biology.

Pietro de Camilli GRD ’79, professor of cell biology and neurobiology.

Xing Wang Deng, professor of plant biology and editor of The Plant Cell, a scientific publication.

Joan Feigenbaum, professor of computer science.

Mark Hochstrasser, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

David A. McCormick, professor of neurobiology.

Xiao-Jing Wang, professor of neurobiology, psychology and physics.