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Scientists Recognized for Excellence

Fourteen UC Riverside Faculty Named 2003 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Acceptance into AAAS Recognizes Excellence in Various Scientific Disciplines

(November 3, 2003)

AAAS Fellows for 2003, in alphabetical order

AAAS Fellows for 2003, in alphabetical order

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Fourteen faculty members at the University of California, Riverside were named 2003 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their work of scientific or social distinction.

The AAAS, founded in 1848, is the world's largest, general scientific organization. It represents more than 138,000 members and 272 affiliated societies in the world, and conducts programs in science policy, education and international scientific cooperation. It publishes the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Science.

A total of 348 scientists in the world became AAAS Fellows this year. With this year's 14 fellows, a total of 116 UC Riverside faculty are now recognized as AAAS Fellows.

"I congratulate our scientists on receiving this recognition," said UC Riverside Chancellor France Córdova. "That so many have been recognized is one more sign of the overall quality of UCR's faculty and the significance of their research in many distinct areas."

Richard Luben, UC Riverside's interim vice chancellor for research, said, "These fourteen scientists are an excellent cross-section of UC Riverside's distinguished faculty. We're very happy that so many of our strong faculty are again receiving national recognition of this type.”

To be considered for the rank of fellow, the AAAS council votes on a final list that was reviewed and submitted by steering groups representing specialty sections.

The 14 new AAAS Fellows at UC Riverside are:

G. J. Andersen, professor of psychology. Dr. Andersen’s research is concerned with understanding the perceptual and cognitive limitations in processing visual information. His work has included studies on the perception of 3D scenes, on the visual information used during driving, and understanding changes in driving skill with increased age. The results of his driving research are being used to develop automated highway technologies based on a model of how humans drive a vehicle. Citation: For basic research in visual perception and its application to the study of driving and the effects of aging on perception and performance.

Nancy Beckage, professor of entomology and professor of cell biology and neuroscience. Dr. Beckage’s research includes examining physiological and hormonal host-parasite signaling using the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, and its interactions with the wasp parasitoid Cotesia congregata as a model system. Citation: For contributions to the field of insect physiology, particularly for studies of endocrine interactions between insect hosts and their parasitoids and pathogens.

Martinus van Genuchten, adjunct professor of soil physics. His research addresses the problems of soil and groundwater pollution by agricultural and other chemicals, development of computer software for predicting underground water flow and chemical transport, and characterizing the properties of the unsaturated zone between the soil surface and the groundwater table. Citation: For sustained innovative contributions to the fundamental description and mathematical analysis of variably-saturated flow and contaminant transport processes in the subsurface.

Sarjeet S. Gill, professor of cell biology and entomologist. Dr. Gill chairs the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience. His research using cell and molecular biology focuses on understanding mechanisms by which bacterial proteins cause toxicity, and how small molecules such as nutrients and neurotransmitters cross the cell membrane. Citation: For distinguished contributions to the control of agricultural pests by advancing the understanding of how bacterial proteins, which are increasingly used in transgenic crops such as insect tolerant corn and cotton, disrupt the function of the insect midgut.

Helen Henry, professor of biochemistry. Dr. Henry's research is concerned with the regulation of steroid hormones, particularly the vitamin D hormone that regulates calcium uptake in the intestine and its use by bones. Citation: For contributions to the understanding of the metabolism of the vitamin D hormones, particularly the regulation of these processes in cell culture.

Bradley C. Hyman, professor of biology and undergraduate advisor. Dr. Hyman studies the mechanisms by which genes change their position in small circular DNA molecules, mitochondrial DNAs, that we inherit from our mothers and contain genes for oxygen consumption. Dr. Hyman uses nematodes, microscopic worms, as model laboratory animals for his studies. Citation: For fundamental contributions to the functional architecture of animal mitochondrial genomes, nematode molecular biology, and for service to the international nematology community and local K-12 schools.

Adam J. Lukaszewski, professor of genetics & geneticist. Dr. Lukaszewski’s research is in the area of cytogenetics of crop plants; he studies meiotic chromosome pairing and recombination. Citation: For contributions to crop improvement through elegant chromosome engineering.

Jocelyn Millar, professor of entomology and chemical ecology. Dr. Millar's research focuses on the study of natural chemicals that insects use for communication, including signals that are used by individuals of the same species to communicate with each other (pheromones), and chemical cues (kairomones) that are used by individuals of different species, as, for example, the plant odors that an insect uses to find the plant upon which it lives. Citation: For research in the identification and synthesis of pheromones, kairomones, and other semiochemicals used in communication within and between insect species, and for research on the use of natural enemies to control invasive pest insects that attack Eucalyptus trees.

Ashok Mulchandani, professor of chemical engineering. Dr. Mulchandani is the chair of the chemical/ environmental engineering department and his research interests include Biosensors and Biodetoxification. Citation: For research in biological-based detection and detoxification of organophosphate nerve agents.

Leonard Nunney, professor of biology. Dr. Nunney’s research is in population and evolutionary genetics, with an emphasis on the application of basic theory to practical problems. Citation: For research on the theory of population genetics and its application to the study of conservation genetics, biological control, and cancer genetics.

Natasha Raikhel, distinguished professor of plant cell biology. Her research is focused on understanding the fundamental principles of vacuolar biogenesis and protein trafficking through the secretory system and on elucidation of the components that mediate cell wall biosynthesis in plants. Citation: For pioneering research in cell biology, particularly in the area of protein trafficking in plant cells.

Victor Shapiro, professor of mathematics, emeritus. Citation: For fundamental contributions to mathematical analysis, particularly for research results in multiple Fourier series and quasilinear elliptic and parabolic differential equations.

Nick Toscano, professor of entomology and extension entomologist. Dr. Toscano develops information about insect-crop pests, insect pest interactions with their hosts, insecticides, insects and crop phenology and how to utilize this information in the development of integrated pest management programs. His work has included fighting the glassy-winged sharpshooter and Pierce’s diseaseCitation: For outstanding research in insect pest management and highly effective communication of scientific advances to growers, resulting in significant reductions in chemical insecticide usage.

Gary Zank, professor of physics and director of The Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. Dr. Zank's research encompasses almost all aspects of heliospheric physics determined by the high-speed flow of matter from the sun (the solar wind), which includes the nature of the interplanetary medium, the interaction of the solar wind with the local interstellar medium (LISM), turbulence, shock waves, kinetic and magnetohydrodynamic theory, non-linear waves and weak turbulence, and plasma astrophysics. Citation: For pioneering studies in space plasma physics, especially for studies of particle acceleration in the heliosphere and the origin of anomalous cosmic rays.

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