Twelve Cornell and Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members — five of whom are also Cornell alumni — were elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general scientific society in the world.
The association elected 506 new fellows in 2022, honoring their efforts to advance research and its applications in a scientifically or socially distinguished manner. New scholarship recipients will receive an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin, representing science and engineering respectively.
AAAS will host an in-person rally in Washington, DC, in the spring to celebrate new Fellows.
The 2022 Cornell AAAS Scholars:
Avery August, Ph.D. ’94, Vice Provost, Chairman of the Presidential Advisors on Diversity and Equity, and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, was honored for his studies in the regulation of immune responses through intracellular signaling , leadership efforts to diversify Cornell’s faculty, and develop programs to mentor and support students in a STEM career. August’s lab studies the role of tyrosine kinases in regulating inflammation and anti-inflammation, as well as T-cell differentiation and memory development.
Michel Gore, Ph.D. ’09, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor and Professor of Molecular Breeding and Genetics for Nutritional Quality in the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section of the School of Integrative Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Plant Sciences life (CALS), was honored for his distinguished contributions to the field of genetics and genomics, particularly for the study of genetic diversity and the identification of genes and alleles for the genetic improvement of the quality crop nutrition. Gore uses quantitative genetics, genomics, analytical chemistry and remote sensing to elucidate the genetic basis of complex trait variation in diverse cultures.
Drew HarvelEmeritus Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (CALS), was honored for his distinguished contributions to the fields of ecology and oceanography, particularly for advancing our understanding of marine invertebrate disease resistance and impacts of climate change, and for communicating these results in award-winning publications. books, including 2019’s “Ocean Outbreak”.” Harvell, recently named a US Science Envoy by the State Department, focuses her research on sustainable marine biodiversity and the ecology of ocean host-pathogen interactions.
Haym Hirch, professor of computer science at Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, has been recognized for his contributions to machine learning, user modeling, and recommender systems, and for his extensive service to the computing community. the AI. Hirsh’s research has focused on the foundations and applications of machine learning, data mining, information retrieval, and artificial intelligence, particularly targeting questions that involve both people and IT.
Shaoyi Jiang, Ph.D. ’93, Professor Robert Langer ’70 Family and Friends at the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell Engineering (ENG), was honored for his distinguished contributions to molecular engineering of materials, in particular for the design of biocompatible and environmentally friendly zwitterionic materials for biofouling control. Jiang’s research focuses on functional zwitterionic materials for biomedical and engineering applications, and targeted drug delivery systems for pharmaceutical applications.
Lena Kourkoutis, associate professor in the School of Applied Physics and Engineering (ENG), was honored for his outstanding contributions to the field of condensed matter physics, in particular for the development of new electron microscopy techniques. His research group focuses on understanding and controlling nanostructured materials, from quantum materials to energy materials to biomaterials. They developed new cryogenic microscopy techniques to access low-temperature electronic states and to study processes at liquid/solid interfaces in energetic devices.
Dr. Son DavidProfessor Stavros S. Niarchos in in Pediatric Cardiology and Professor of Cellular and Developmental Biology at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to the biology of cancer metastasis and exosomes, in particular for the discovery of the pre-metastatic niche and the role of exosomes in organotropic metastases and early detection of cancer. Lyden is also director of the Physician Scientist Training Program at Weill Cornell Medicine.
David Muller, Ph.D. ’96, the Samuel B. Eckert Chair of Engineering in the Department of Applied Engineering and Physics (ENG), has been recognized for his distinguished contributions to the field of electron microscopy. Muller’s current research interests include the characterization and control of matter at the atomic scale for applications in energy storage and conversion, as well as the development and commercialization of new electronic imaging methods.
Lois Pollackengineering professor John Edson Sweet at the School of Applied Engineering and Physics (ENG), was honored for his distinguished contributions to the field of biophysics, in particular for the development of new techniques to study the time-resolved behavior of biological molecules. Pollack’s research focuses both on the development of experimental tools that allow new time-resolved studies of proteins, DNA or RNA, and on electrostatic interactions in RNA and RNA. DNA.
Abraham Stroock ’95, Professor Gordon L. Dibble ’50 at the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ENG) and Director of the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CULTURES), was honored for his outstanding contributions to understanding the dynamics of physical and chemical processes at the micrometer scale, particularly involving water management in plants and its impact on agriculture. The Stroock lab focuses on manipulating chemical dynamics and processes at the micrometer scale.
Harel Weinstein, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Physiology and Biophysics and Director of the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been recognized for his creative leadership and distinguished scientific contributions to molecular biophysics from molecular machines to membrane and computational biomedicine. Weinstein’s lab studies the structural, dynamic, and electronic determinants of biological processes underlying physiological functions. Weinstein is a faculty member of the Tri-Institutional Ph.D. Chemical Biology Program at Weill Cornell Medicine.
fengqi you, Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor of Energy Systems Engineering at the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ENG), was honored for major foundational contributions to advanced computational models, optimization algorithms, and tools analysis of multi-scale systems for process chemistry, energy systems and sustainability. You’s research focuses on the fundamental theory and methods of systems engineering and artificial intelligence, and their applications to smart manufacturing, digital agriculture, quantum computing, energy systems and sustainability.
AAAS, founded in 1848, comprises more than 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million people. The first AAAS Fellows were elected in 1874.