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Election as a Fellow is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (11/20/17) — Two University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering faculty have been named 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows. They are among four faculty elected from the University of Minnesota.

Election as a Fellow is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year 396 members nationwide were honored for their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications.

David J. Odde, Ph.D. (Section of Engineering)
College of Science and Engineering and Masonic Cancer Center
Odde is a professor with the Department of Biomedical Engineering within the College of Science and Engineering and a biology and engineering leader with the Brain Tumor Program within the Masonic Cancer Center. Odde has been recognized as a AAAS Fellow for his contributions to the understanding of the self assembly and force generation of microtubules, F-actin, and associated proteins.

Keshab K. Parhi, Ph.D. (Section of Engineering)
College of Science and Engineering
Parhi is a professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Science and Engineering. Parhi has been named an AAAS Fellow for his contributions to architectures and methodologies for VLSI design of digital signal processing systems and physical layer communication systems that form the backbone of the Internet.

Other University of Minnesota faculty honored were:

David A. Bernlohr, Ph.D. (Section of Biological Science)
University of Minnesota Medical School and College of Biological Sciences
Bernlohr is a Distinguished McKnight Professor; head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics; Cargill Chair in Systems Biology of Human Metabolism; and a professor with the College of Biological Sciences. Bernlohr has been named an AAAS Fellow for his contributions to the field of biochemistry and advancements in the fields of diabetes, obesity and metabolism.

Reuben S. Harris, Ph.D. (Section of Biological Science)
College of Biological Sciences and Masonic Cancer Center
Harris is a professor with the College of Biological Sciences, a member of the Masonic Cancer Center, and associate director of the Institute for Molecular Virology at the University of Minnesota. Harris has been honored as an AAAS Fellow for his contributions to the understanding of mechanisms mutagenesis in evolution, in host-cell defense against viruses, and cancer development.

The Fellows will be presented an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin at the AAAS Fellows Forum on Saturday, Feb. 17 during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 24, 2017.

Contacts:

Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959

Lacey Nygard, University News Service, ljnygard@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552