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December 18, 2008

Scott one of Six UCSB Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) -- Susannah Scott of the Department of Chemical Engineering is one of six faculty members at UC Santa Barbara recently named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers; UCSB's six new Fellows are among a total of 486 named nationwide. Scott's election brings to ten the number of AAAS Fellows in the College of Engineering.

"AAAS Fellowship represents recognition by the broadest, most diverse scientific society in the world. It is an honor that goes beyond accomplishments in an individual field," said Matthew Tirrell, The Richard A. Auhll Professor and Dean of Engineering at UCSB.

"I would like to congratulate the six new Fellows of the AAAS from our campus who are recognized for their great scientific achievements," said Pierre Wiltzius, Dean of the Division of Mathematical, Life & Physical Sciences. "They represent the excellence across several departments in science and engineering."

The newly elected members from UCSB are:

Susannah L. Scott, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, for groundbreaking studies on the applications and quantitative characterizations of metal-oxide supported organometallic fragments as catalysts of olefin polymerization and metathesis. 

Oliver A. Chadwick, chair of the department of Geography and professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, for outstanding contributions to mineral weathering, soil development, critical zone exploration, soil polygenesis, climate change, and biochemical cycling in soils.

Mattanjah S. de Vries, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for distinguished contributions in developing studies of isolated biomolecular building blocks in the gas phase that reveal fundamental properties of nucleobase pairing and peptide folding.

Stanley M. Parsons, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for pioneering functional, structural and pharmacological studies of the vesicular acetylcholine transport system (VAChT).

David A. Siegel, professor in the Department of Geography and director of The Institute for Computational Earth System Science (ICESS), for distinguished contributions to ocean optics, implications of mixing and stirring in the ocean, ocean bio-optics, ocean-color remote sensing, and spatial interactions in population dynamics.

Herbert J. Waite, professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for fundamental studies of the chemical and physical aspects of biological adhesion leading to new biomimetic materials.

The 486 new Fellows have been awarded the honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 14, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science (http://www.sciencemag.org). 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 (http://www.aaas.org) 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 more information, contact:

Susannah L. Scott (805) 893-5606, or sscott@engineering.ucsb.edu

Oliver A. Chadwick (805) 893-4223, or oac@geog.ucsb.edu

Mattanjah S. de Vries (805) 893-5921, or devries@chem.ucsb.edu

Stanley M. Parsons (805) 893-2252, or parsons@chem.ucsb.edu

David A. Siegel (805) 893-4547, or davey@icess.ucsb.edu

Herbert J. Waite (805) 893-2817, or waite@lifesci.ucsb.edu

 

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