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Three University Of Virginia Professors Elected As Fellows Of American Association For The Advancement Of Science

February 11, 2000 -- Three University of Virginia scientists have been awarded the distinction of being chosen this year as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They are Donald F. Hunt, University Professor of Chemistry and Pathology; Richard C. McCarty, professor of psychology, and Andrew P. Somlyo, Charles Slaughter Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biology.

The three scientists have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts in advancing science or fostering applications that are distinguished.

They will be presented with a certificate and a rosette pin during a ceremony on Feb. 19 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Hunt is recognized for outstanding contributions to mass spectrometry, especially in the microsequencing of proteins and electron-capture negative-ion mass spectrometry.

McCarty is being honored for his laboratory research relating to the psychobiology of stress and the interplay between genotype and the environment in the development of hypertension.

Somlyo is being recognized for his fundamental contributions, through functional and structural studies, to the understanding of signal transduction and contractile mechanism of smooth muscle and to biological x-ray microanalysis.

The tradition of AAAS fellows distinction began in 1874. AAAS members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering group of their respective sections, by three fellows, or by the association's executive officer. The nominations pass through a review process and the most distinct nominees in their field are eventually awarded the rank of fellow by decision of the AAAS Council, the policymaking body of the association.

This year, AAAS awarded fellowships to 283 members. The association represents the world's largest federation of scientists with more than 143,000 members, and publishes the prestigious journal Science.

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