News Release

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Three NIH Scientists Named 2007 AAAS Fellows

Three scientists from the National Institutes of Health have been
awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow. Election as a Fellow is
an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 471 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because
of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance
science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with
an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science
and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 16 February
from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Fellows Forum during the 2008 AAAS Annual
Meeting in Boston.

This year's AAAS Fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes
section of the journal Science on 26 October 2007.

As part of the Section on Chemistry, Dr. Jeremy M. Berg, director
of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, was elected
as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the structure
and functions of metal ions in proteins and for leadership in advancing
research in service to humanity.

Two NIH researchers were elected as AAAS Fellow for outstanding
contributions under the Section on Medical Sciences. Dr. John E.
Niederhuber, director of the National Cancer Institute, was elected
for pioneering research on MHC immunology and cancer stems cells,
and outstanding leadership of the University of Wisconsin Cancer
Center and the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Mark C. Udey of the National Cancer Institute was elected
for seminal research on the biology of Langerhans cells (epidermal
dendritic cells) and the role of E-Cadherin and TGF-beta in their
development and localization.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members
can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the Steering
Groups of the Association's 24 sections, or by any three Fellows
who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors
are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS
Chief Executive Officer.

Each Steering Group then reviews the nominations of individuals
within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to
the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired
by the AAAS President, and consisting of the members of the Board
of Directors, the Retiring Section Chairs, delegates from each
electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the
National Association of Academies of Science.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher
of the journal, Science (
AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes some 262 affiliated societies
and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has
the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science
journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million.
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and serve society" through initiatives in science policy;
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