By: Dan Heuchert | University Communications
University of Virginia biologist George Bloom, cell biologist David Brautigan and physicist Brad Cox are 2016 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon association members by their peers.
Bloom was named for his distinguished contributions to the field of cell biology and the understanding of neurodegeneration. Brautigan earned the distinction for contributions to the field of cellular signaling – understanding the chemical signals cells use to interact with each other. Cox was honored for his contributions to the field of experimental high-energy physics, particularly in the discovery of the Higgs particle.
The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874 and is considered a prestigious distinction among scientists. This year, 391 of the 10 million-member organization – the world’s largest general scientific society – have earned this honor for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science. Members earn the rank of fellow after a nomination process by their peers within their fields or by selection of AAAS’s chief executive officer.
AAAS will honor the new fellows Feb. 10 during its annual meeting, held this year in Boston. Each will receive a certificate and rosette pin.