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6 UCLA professors named fellows by American Association for the Advancement of Science

Six UCLA scholars have been selected as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. Members are chosen for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874.
UCLA's six new fellows are among 531 scholars selected this year. The new fellows will be honored Feb. 20, 2010, at the AAAS annual meeting in San Diego.
UCLA's new fellows are:
Banerjee, professor and chair of molecular, cell and developmental biology and professor of biological chemistry, was selected for "distinguished contributions to the field of developmental biology, and for superior contributions to education programs." Banerjee and his research team seek to identify basic molecular strategies that are conserved in development across species.
Feldman, distinguished professor of neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was selected for his research on the neural control of breathing, particularly for discovering and demonstrating the essential role of a brainstem region he and his research team called the preBötzinger Complex, which serves as the command post for generating breathing in mammals. They also identified a small group of neurons, called preBötC, which are critical for issuing the commands.
Godwin, professor of environmental health sciences with an appointment at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, was selected for "distinguished contributions to the fields of bioinorganic chemistry and environmental health, particularly for elucidating the molecular toxicology of lead, and for communicating science to diverse audiences." Godwin also serves as associate dean for academic programs at the UCLA School of Public Health.
Goldberg, distinguished professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, was selected for his "fundamental and seminal contributions to our understanding of seed development, his commitment and success in undergraduate education and his numerous contributions to biotechnology." He recently used state-of-the-science technology to teach an interactive genetic engineering course with UCLA students and UC Davis students 370 miles away.
Keenan, distinguished professor of linguistics, was selected for "distinguished contributions in several different subfields of linguistics, including semantics, syntax, mathematical linguistics, language typology, and Austronesian linguistics (especially work on Malagasy)." Keenan's current research focuses on algebraic invariants of natural language.
Alfred Hales
Hales, professor emeritus of mathematics and director of the Institute for Defense Analyses' Center for Communications Research, was selected for "contributions in algebra and combinatorics, the Hales-Jewett Theorem, characterization of infinite abelian groups by Ulm invariants, and service as department chair and Center for Communications Research Director."
AAAS, founded in 1848, is a nonprofit organization that includes 262 affiliated societies and science academies and serves 10 million people. The association's mission is to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs and science education, including its website devoted to science news, EurekAlert!, at
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