Six professors named AAAS Fellows
Six professors at the University of South Carolina have been named fellows in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.
The six, who are among this year’s class of 503 fellows, are Brian Benicewicz, chemistry and biochemistry; Frank Berger, biological sciences; Charles Mactutus, psychology; Daniel Reger, chemistry and biochemistry; John Richards, psychology; and James Sodetz, chemistry and biochemistry.
All six are faculty members in the university's College of Arts and Sciences. They will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held Feb. 19 during the 2011 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers in recognition of their efforts to advance science or its applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. AAAS Fellows have been elected since 1874; the association was founded in 1848 and publishes the journal Science.
“Carolina’s faculty are committed to scholarship, research, and teaching,” said USC President Harris Pastides. “The election of another six Carolina faculty members as prestigious AAAS Fellows proves the quality of our faculty is being recognized throughout South Carolina and beyond.”
Stephen Kresovich, USC’s vice president for research and graduate education, hailed the AAAS recognition as an important step toward building the reputation of the University’s research and scholarly community.
“The national recognition these six faculty members have achieved for their scholarly contributions is an indicator of the excellence of research at this university,” Kresovich said. “These professors are national leaders, and Carolina is proud and fortunate to have them among its faculty.”
Benicewicz was recognized for his contributions to the development of high temperature polymer membranes for fuel cells, and the synthesis and understanding of polymer nanocomposite materials.
Berger was honored for contributions to research, education, and outreach on colorectal cancer, including founding of the Center for Colon Cancer Research at USC.
Mactutus was recognized for contributions to the field of experimental psychology, particularly for basic and applied studies of animal cognition to neurobehavioral teratology and developmental neurotoxicology.
Reger was honored for research on inorganic and supramolecular systems, teaching of introductory chemistry and administrative service to the University.
Richards was recognized for contributions to the study of infant attention, with specific reference to work done showing the relation between brain and attention development in young infants.
Sodetz was honored for contributions to understanding the molecular structure, function, and assembly of the pore-forming complex of human complement proteins.