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AAAS Fellows Announced


Five UCR Faculty Elected AAAS Fellows

Entomologist, two Plant Geneticists and two Sociologists Elected

(November 1, 2004)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Nov. 1, 2004 — Five members of the University of California, Riverside faculty have been named 2004 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the campus announced today.

Awarded to 308 members nationwide this year, these individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts to advance science or its applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Fellows Forum during the 2005 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

“I offer my congratulations to these new Fellows of the distinguished AAAS. They join the ranks of a remarkable group of 116 UCR scientists and social scientists who have earned this designation because of their superb scholarly and research achievements,” said UC Riverside Chancellor France A. Córdova.
UC Riverside’s AAAS Fellows this year include the following:

  • Peter J. Burke, a professor and chair in the Department of Sociology, was elected for his pioneering theoretical and empirical work on self and identity processes as they influence human behavior and social interaction. He joined UC Riverside in 2002 from Washington State University.

  • Scott Coltrane, a professor of sociology, was elected for his significant contributions to understanding of the social construction of gender, the dynamics of parent-child relationships, and the role of fathers in the family. Coltrane joined UCR in 1988.

  • John T. Trumble, a professor of entomology and entomologist, was elected for his significant contributions to agricultural systems in integrated pest management programs and for service to entomological societies. He came to UCR in 1980.

  • Linda L. Walling, a professor of genetics and an associate dean at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, was elected for her important discovery of protease-encoding genes activated upon insect infection that can be incorporated into various crops to confer resistance to insect infestation. She joined UCR’s Department of Botany and Plant Sciences in 1984.

  • Jian-Kang Zhu, a professor of plant cell biology and director of the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, was elected for his pioneering research in the field of plant stress biology research, which fundamentally changed the perspective and direction of research in this field. He joined UCR in January from the University of Arizona.



“It's a testament to the strength of UCR's social sciences departments that this kind of peer recognition comes on a regular basis,” said Joel Martin, interim dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. “Prof. Burke is chairman of the department and Prof. Coltrane is now an associate dean working directly with me. I'm glad to be working closely with these two distinguished sociologists.”

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 Chief Executive Officer.

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.

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 serves 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 one 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. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.
Peter J. Burke

Peter J. Burke

Scott Coltrane

Scott Coltrane

Jian Kang Zhu

Jian Kang Zhu

John Trumble

John Trumble

Linda Walling

Linda Walling

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