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Five MU professors were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004 in recognition of their efforts toward advancing science or its applications.
AAAS, publisher of the journal Science, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting scientific research and education throughout the world.
"This recognition demonstrates the impressive quality of our faculty at MU," says Jim Coleman, vice provost for research. "To be recognized by their peers is an incredible honor for our researchers, who are making leading discoveries in their fields on a regular basis."
Each awardee received a certificate and rosette pin at a "fellows forum" held February 19, 2005 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The MU fellows were among 308 scientists and scholars selected nationwide.
- Sandra Abell, professor of science education, who was recognized for her work in elementary science education and leadership. Abell is director of the Southwestern Bell Science Education Center, an institution working to improve science teaching and learning among kindergarten through undergraduate students.
- Candace Galen, professor of biological sciences, who was honored for her work in plant ecology and floral evolution. Galen is currently investigating how the ecological and evolutionary consequences of variation affect the characteristics of wildflowers.
- Rainer Glaser, professor of chemistry, who was recognized for his research in chemistry and contributions to promote scientific literacy and communication. Glaser recently completed an investigation on the process of diazonium ion hydrolysis, a chemical reaction in which water replaces nitrogen in diazonium ions. He is also the founder of "Chemistry Is in the News," a teaching program that relates chemistry to real-world events.
- Emmanuel Liscum, professor of biological sciences, who was acknowledged for his contributions toward advancing biologists' understanding of the genetic and biochemical components affecting plants' responses to light.
- John Charles Walker, professor of biological sciences, who was recognized for his pioneering work in the field of receptor-like protein kinases in plants. Currently, his lab investigates how plant genomes act as regulatory switches