5 Indiana University professors named 2022 AAAS Fellows: IU News

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Five Indiana University professors were elected to the new class of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows. It is one of the most distinguished distinctions within the scientific community, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the progress of science and research.

The 2022 IU Scholars and their AAAS Merit Citations are:

  • James Glazierprofessor of intelligent systems engineering at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at IU Bloomington and director of the Biocomplexity Institutefor the development of theoretical models of cell morphogenesis, their application in multi-model open-source modeling software and the dissemination of computational biological modeling methods.
  • Leonie Moyleprofessor and associate chair in the Department of Biology for Research and Facilities at IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences, for elucidating the links between the genetic and ecological causes of speciation in plants.
  • Mary MurphyClass of 1948 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences, for his distinguished contributions to the field of social psychology, particularly in advancing identity threat theory and developing solutions empirical for women and people of color underrepresentation in STEM.
  • Irene Newtonprofessor in the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, for his distinguished contributions to the molecular, microbial, and evolutionary biology of symbioses.
  • Xiaofeng Wang, Associate Dean for Research and James H. Rudy Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at IU Bloomington’s Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, for his distinguished contributions in the field of systems security and privacy data, in particular for the analysis and protection of the security of computer systems and the protection of human genomic data.

“To be elected by one’s peers as an AAAS Fellow is a tremendous honor, bestowed only on those who are outstanding scholars and innovators in their fields,” said IU President Pamela Whitten. “IU is stronger because of these outstanding faculty members and their incredible service as teachers and researchers. We celebrate the impact their scientific contributions have had and continue to have here in Indiana and around the world.

James Glazier

James GlazierJames Glazier

Glazier has held professorships in physics at the University of Notre Dame and visiting positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Western Australia, the University of Grenoble in France and at Tohoku University in Japan before joining IU Bloomington. His research focuses on the application of physics-based computer simulations to understand embryonic development, developmental and chronic toxicity, and developmental and infectious diseases. It also applies these simulations to develop and optimize disease treatment.

He is an active member of numerous international research collaborations between experimental and computational biomedical scientists. He leads the collaborative development of open-source CompuCell3D multi-scale modeling environment. He actively disseminates these methods, teaching an annual one-week virtual workshop on multi-scale modeling of virtual tissues. He is director of the Biocomplexity Institute at Indiana University.

In 2016, he became a founding member of IU’s Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering – the first engineering program at IU Bloomington. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Physics in London, and was President of the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society. He co-leads the IMAG/MSM working group on multi-scale modeling and viral pandemics and is active in the development of infrastructures and communities for the creation of biomedical digital twins.

Leonie Moyle

Leonie MoyleLeonie Moyle

Moyle is an evolutionary geneticist who studies the origin of new traits and species.

Her research examines the accumulation of reproductive barriers between emerging species, how these interact with traits involved in adaptation, and the specific genes that contribute to both processes. This work uses both animal and plant systems – including wild relatives of the economically important tomato – and ranges from fieldwork on the Galapagos Islands to assembly and analysis of whole genomes.

She served as North American Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution in 2021-22.

Mary Murphy

Mary MurphyMary Murphy

Murphy is the founder of Indiana University’s Equity Accelerator, a research, practice, and policy organization focused on creating more equitable learning and working environments through social and behavioral sciences. In the field of education, his research sheds light on situational cues – such as faculty and institutional mindset – that influence student motivation and academic achievement, with a focus on understanding when these processes are similar and different for structurally advantaged and disadvantaged students. She develops, implements and evaluates interventions that reduce identity threat and stimulate student motivation, perseverance and performance.

In the area of ​​organizations and technology, her research examines barriers and solutions to enhancing gender and racial diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. In particular, she examines the role of organizational mindset in companies’ organizational culture, employee engagement and performance, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Murphy completed a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University. In 2012, she joined the faculty of Indiana University, and in 2013 was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. In 2019, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given to early career scientists by the US government.

She is the recipient of more than $9 million in federal and foundation grants, including a $2.2 million NSF CAREER award for her research on strategies to improve diversity in STEM. His new book on the organizational mindset, “Cultures of Growth,” is set to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2023.

Irene Newton

Irene NewtonIrene Newton

Newton is a microbiologist who studies the molecular mechanisms of microbial symbioses. She studies model systems of insects as hosts, and her recent work has focused on both the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) and the bee (Apis mellifera), to understand how their associated microbes increase resilience to pathogens and environmental stresses.

Newton is Vice President of the International Symbiosis Society, Editor of the American Society for Microbiology’s Microbiology Resource Announcements, and recipient of the 2023 ASM Honorary Diversity Lecture.

Xiaofeng Wang

Xiaofeng WangXiaofeng Wang

Wang is co-director of the Center for Security and Privacy in Informatics, Computing and Engineering, and served as director of the Master of Science in secure computing program. He is Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Distributed Confidential Computing, a Frontiers in Secure and Trustworthy Computing project funded by the National Science Foundation. The project is a multi-institutional effort, involving faculty from IU (lead), CMU, Duke, OSU, Penn State, Purdue, Spelman, and Yale.

Over the past 20 years, Wang has worked on a wide range of research topics in system security and data privacy. He is considered one of the foremost researchers in systems security and privacy, and a top author according to online statistics such as CSR rankingsCircus of systems security and Top Authors, the Circus of Systems. Since joining IU in 2004, Wang has served as a principal investigator on research projects totaling nearly $23 million.

Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest general science society and publisher of the journal Science. The election of the five faculty members brings the number of AAAS Fellows affiliated with IU to 138. Election as a Fellow is a lifetime honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers.

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