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UA faculty honored by AAAS, Dept. of Agriculture

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Summary:

The national spotlight was on University of Arizona this month as three professors were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a director for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Hall of Fame.

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Three faculty members and a vice dean at University of Arizona are being recognized nationally for their work.

Vicki L. Chandler, a regents professor and director of UA's BIO5 Institute, Richard A. Jorgenson, an associate professor of plant sciences, and Michael W. Nachman, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The association recognized 376 individuals nationwide who played instrumental roles in promoting the sciences.

In addition, Colin Kaltenbach, director of the Arizona Agricultural Research Station at UA, was inducted into U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. Only 11 people were inducted into the newly created hall of fame.

The Agricultural Research Station consists of 11 centers throughout the state, all run by UA.

Chandler recently received the prestigious Director's Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health for her groundbreaking work in plant genetics. Jorgenson discovered a fundamental genetic phenomenon known as RNA silencing. Nachman was recognized for his research concerning the genetics of adaptation and speciation in mammals.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general scientific society. It publishes the journal Science.


For more information:

"3 UA researchers honored for work with plants, genes," Tucson Citizen, 10/29/2005

"Three UA scientists selected as 2005 AAAS fellows," UA News, 10/28/2005

"UA vice dean honored for research that takes agriculture high tech," Tucson Citizen, 10/31/2005