Five IU Bloomingon scientists have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Fellowship in the association is considered a high honor among both American and international scientists. Names of the 248 new fellows are listed in today’s Science magazine. IU’s fellows are:
• Anthropologists Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth, for their studies of human origins, early tool use by hominids, and the fossilization and preservation of human remains and artifacts. The two are co-directors of the Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology at IU Bloomington.
• Biologist Mark Estelle, for his contributions to the field of plant developmental biology and, in particular, the improvement of scientists’ understanding of the action of auxin, a hormone, in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana.
• Biologist Loren Rieseberg, for his evolutionary and hybridization studies of sunflowers. He is also a 2003 MacArthur Fellow.
• Psychologist William Timberlake, for uniting laboratory learning with an observational, ecological analysis of animal behavior. He is co-founder of the IU Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior in Bloomington.
Only 10 research institutions had more AAAS fellows this year than IU: Yale, Harvard, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Ohio State universities; and the universities of Chicago, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wisconsin-Madison, and California at Berkeley and at Riverside.