Five Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of Top National Science Association

Five Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of Top National Science Association



NEW
BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Five Rutgers professors are among 702 scholars that the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elevated to the
rank of fellow. The pre-eminent national scientific organization selects
fellows based on their efforts in advancing science or fostering applications
considered scientifically or socially distinguished.

Joining 52
previous Rutgers fellows, the new inductees will receive an official
certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin Saturday, Feb. 16, at the AAAS
Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

The new
Rutgers AAAS fellows are:


Monica Driscoll

Monica Driscoll

Monica Driscoll, Department of Molecular Biology and
Biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences.

Driscoll
investigates the fundamental biology of aging and the neurodegenerative
process. She focuses on mechanisms that can protect against catastrophic
neuronal loss occurring as a result of nerve cell injury, neurodegenerative
diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, or the age-related decline of cell
and tissue systems. Driscoll and her team are known as leaders in the field of
healthspan genetics, a new area of science focused on determining strategies
for prolonging efficient youthful-like functions and creating a higher quality
of life for a longer period of time.

The
association cited Driscoll “for pioneering research in developmental
neurogenics, molecular mechanisms of aging and the molecular genetics of
neuronal cell death.”


Yogesh Jaluria

Yogesh Jaluria

Yogesh Jaluria, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering, School of Engineering.

Jaluria
is a leading authority in thermal science and engineering, and has been recognized
for contributions to fundamental and applied knowledge of heat transfer and
fluid mechanics. He is particularly recognized for work on buoyancy-induced
flows, such as the way warm water or air create currents as they rise in a body
of water or the atmosphere. These principles have been useful in understanding environmental
phenomena and the spread and growth of fires in enclosed spaces, in particular
heat transport through elevator shafts in high rise buildings. Jaluria has also
made contributions to materials processing, including thermal processing of
polymers, fabricating thin films and optical fiber drawing.

The
association cited Jaluria “for outstanding pioneering contributions to the field
of thermal science and engineering, particularly to materials processing,
buoyancy-induced flows, fire spread, energy storage and environmental flows.”


Jing Li

Jing Li

Jing Li, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology,
School of Arts and Sciences.

Li develops materials that
are potentially useful for clean and renewable energy applications, including
solar energy conversion, efficient solid-state lighting, and capturing carbon
dioxide and other harmful gases from power plant gas waste and converting them
back to fuel or into other useful materials. Her work focuses on understanding
the chemistry of new inorganic materials and inorganic-organic hybrid
materials, including their design, synthesis and modification. She and her
colleagues have discovered a nanostructured semiconductor phosphor material
family that may one day become a viable substitute for materials made with rare
earth elements, which are in high demand and short supply.

The
association cited Li “for contributions and innovative research in the
development and applications of multifunctional materials, particularly
inorganic-organic hybrid semiconductors and microporous metal organic framework
compounds.”


Manish Parashar

Manish Parashar

Manish Parashar, Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, School of Engineering.

Parashar
has made pioneering contributions to high performance parallel and distributed
computing and computational science, which involves large numbers of computers
working together to handle massive computing tasks. His work has enabled new
insights in many science and engineering domains through large-scale
computations running on massively parallel systems. It has been applied to
fields such as seismic modeling, combustion, biomedical informatics,
oceanography, astrophysics and plasma physics. He has demonstrated expertise in
data structures and algorithms, runtime management and optimization, and
programming abstraction and software infrastructures.

The
association cited Parashar “for distinguished contributions to high-performance
parallel and distributed computing and its application to the advancement of
computational science and engineering.”


Mark Robson

Mark Robson

Mark Gregory Robson, dean of agricultural and urban
programs in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and professor
and extension specialist in entomology.

Robson’s
research has focused on the interaction of human beings and pesticides,
especially in developing countries. He examines policies that affect pesticide
use on a global scale and studies the risk assessment process as it relates
public health and health policy. He grew up on a farm in Burlington County, New
Jersey, and is charged with updating the agricultural sciences major at Rutgers,
and recruiting new students to the major.

The
association cited Robson “for an illustrious career in exposure science that has
changed agricultural practices and pesticide regulation while simultaneously
educating students, the public and policy-makers.”

About the AAAS

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Founded
in 1848, the AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and works
to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs and
publications. The tradition of selecting AAAS fellows began in 1874.

AAAS
includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million
individuals. The association conducts many programs in the areas of science
policy, science education and international scientific cooperation. Its
prestigious peer reviewed journal Science
has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal
in the world, with an estimated readership of 1 million.

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