Six faculty members from UCLA have been selected as 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are to be honored by the association for 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 rosette pin, representing science and engineering, on Feb. 16, at the association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Fellows will be formally announced in the “AAAS News and Notes” section of the journal Science on Nov. 29.
UCLA’s newest AAAS fellows are:
Heather Maynard, is the Dr. Myung Ki Hong Professor in Polymer Science. Maynard is being recognized for her contributions to the field of polymer chemistry, particularly for synthesis and application of protein-polymer conjugates, hydrogels and nanomaterials to treat human disease.
Aydogan Ozcan, UCLA Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ozcan is being recognized for his contributions to photonics research and technology development on computational imaging, sensing and diagnostics systems, impacting telemedicine and global health applications.
Carla Koehler, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Koehler is being recognized for her contributions to the field of biochemistry and cell biology, particularly for characterizing mechanisms of protein and RNA transport in mitochondria.
Xiangfeng Duan, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Duan is being recognized for his contributions to the field of materials chemistry, particularly for designing, synthesizing and integrating diverse nanoscale structures for functional electric, photonic and energy devices.
Neil Garg, Kenneth N. Trueblood Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Garg is being recognized for his breakthroughs in methods development, achievements in natural product total synthesis, and transformative chemical educational initiatives.
Dr. Wayne Grody, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine; pediatrics genetics; and human genetics. Grody is being recognized for his contributions to the founding and advancement of molecular diagnostics and genomic medicine, while providing leadership in the societal applications of these powerful technologies.
The UCLA honorees are among 416 members to be named fellows this year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which was founded in 1848 with a mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement and more.