Steve Kay and Robert Schmidt named 2009 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

December 17, 2009

Photo of Bob Schmidt
Bob Schmidt
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Dean Steve Kay

Dean Steve Kay and Biology Professor Robert Schmidt were among five professors at UC San Diego recently named 2009 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation's largest scientific organization.

In addition to Kay and Schmidt, the other UCSD professors honored were Don Cleveland of medicine, Kimberly Prather of chemistry and biochemistry, and Michael Rosenfeld of medicine. The five UCSD professors were among 531 individuals this year selected by colleagues in their disciplines to be honored by the association for "efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished."

The new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin (representing science and engineering, respectively) on February 20 at the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego. This year's AAAS Fellows will be also announced in the December 18 issue of the journal Science.

Kay was cited for "distinguished contributions to our understanding of the molecular architecture of circadian clocks in plants, fruit flies and mammals."

Schmidt was cited for "distinguished contributions to our understanding of the role of genes that regulate vegetative and reproductive development of maize and underlie its domestication from teosinte."

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