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

February 12, 2001-- Two University of Virginia scientists have been awarded the distinction this year of being chosen as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They are Anita Jones, University Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, and Zhifeng Shao, a molecular physiologist.

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

They will be honored during a ceremony on Feb. 17 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Jones is recognized for her service as Director of Defense Research and Engineering in the U.S. Department of Defense and on the Defense Science and National Science Boards, and for research on security and operating systems. She also co-chairs the Virginia Governor's Research and Technology Advisory Commission, and chairs the University of Virginia's 2020 Science and Technology Planning Commission, which is guiding the future of the University in those areas.

Shao is being honored for distinguished contributions to the development of atomic force microscopy for biological applications. He holds joint appointments at U.Va. as a research professor of physics and as a professor of molecular physiology and biological physics. He has published several significant articles in his fields and is a member of professional organizations including the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society.

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 fellowship to 251 members. The association represents the world's largest federation of scientists with more than 143,000 members, and publishes the prestigious journal Science.

Contact: Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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