Three Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of Top National Science Association

Three Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of Top National Science Association

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Three Rutgers scholars are among 531 scientists 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.

Associate Professor Susan Cachel

Susan M. Cachel is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the graduate interdisciplinary Quaternary Studies Program. She studies the origins of higher primates; the origins the human family (hominization); the origins of anatomically modern humans; and evolutionary processes such as speciation and extinction. She is also interested in the biology of extinct species, using anatomical evidence and the evidence of comparative behavior. Cachel was cited for “incisive contributions to hominization theory, the role of nutritional fat in human occupation of high latitudes, and primate evolution.”

“I became a member of the AAAS when I first entered graduate school. To be honored as a AAAS Fellow re-affirms my continuing relationship with this organization,” Cachel said. “I am deeply pleased to receive this honor from one of America’s top-ranking scientific bodies.”

Associate Professor Lee Clarke

Lee Clarke is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences. Clarke works on problems concerning the environment, disaster, complex organizations and science. Many of his writings have been about the relationships between social organization and disaster. His current work is about how scientists negotiate the boundaries of science and politics. The project focuses on scientists whose work foretold, in various ways, the great harm that Katrina would bring to New Orleans. Clarke was cited for “pathbreaking research on organizations and risk, exemplary teaching, professional leadership, and outstanding work in communicating social science to the public.”

“It is an inestimable honor to be elected a Fellow of the AAAS. I am delighted to be in such distinguished company,” Clarke said.

James M. Tepper is a professor in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark. His primary research interests center around understanding the functional organization of the basal ganglia, a group of interrelated subcortical nuclei in the brain that promote voluntary movement, certain types of learning as well as higher cognitive functions. Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease and some forms of mental illness are all due to the death or dysfunction of various components of the basal ganglia. Tepper was cited for “his contributions to our understanding of the functional circuitry of the basal ganglia at the systems level.”

Professor James M. Tepper

“I am extremely honored to even have been considered as an AAAS fellow and am most grateful to be included among so many outstanding scientists,” Tepper said.

Joining the 40 previous Rutgers fellows, the new inductees will be presented with an official certificate and a gold rosette pin Saturday, Feb. 20, at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Founded in 1848, the tradition of selecting AAAS fellows began in 1874. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and works to advance science for human well-being through its projects, programs and publications. AAAS includes some 262 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 total readership of 1 million.



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