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Two Dartmouth professors become Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/29/07 • Sue Knapp • (603) 646-3661

Ambrose Cheung
Ambrose Cheung

Mary Lou Guerinot
Mary Lou Guerinot (photos by Joseph Mehling '69)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elevated two Dartmouth professors from the rank of member to the rank of Fellow. Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences Mary Lou Guerinot and Dartmouth Medical School Professor of Microbiology and Immunology Ambrose Cheung are among the 471 new Fellows named this year.

Both Guerinot and Cheung were elected Fellows as part of the section on biological sciences. Cheung was recognized for outstanding contributions to our understanding of bacterial virulence and molecular pathogenesis. Guerinot was honored for her distinguished contributions to the field of metals in biology and for deciphering fundamental mechanisms for iron acquisition, distribution, and regulation in plants.

Cheung said of his new AAAS rank, "We, as scientists, work diligently often in obscurity. A public recognition of this sort is extremely rewarding and makes me feel very much appreciated. I don't think my work would be possible without the talented students and postdoctoral fellows in my lab."

Guerinot said, "I am honored to have been nominated by my peers in recognition of my work. I've been privileged to work with many great collaborators and students, and I'm very proud of what my research has yielded in the way of understanding more about metals in plants."

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the Steering Groups of the Association's 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS Chief Executive Officer. A final list is forwarded to the AAAS's policymaking body called the Council, which votes on the list.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes some 262 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, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.

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