Dr. Sixue Chen, professor in the Department of Biology (UF CLAS) and faculty director of the UF | ICBR Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry core, was recently honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) alongside six other University of Florida faculty members.
“It is a great honor, not only for me, but also for my students, postdocs, collaborators, my department and colleagues at ICBR,” Dr. Chen remarked. “It’s about the work we do together. I owe immense gratitude to them, and to the larger academic community and environment at the nation’s top 5 university.”
Dr. Chen was recognized for his significant contributions to the the field of plant biology, providing extensive insight and understanding of plant molecular networks.
“Congratulations to Dr. Sixue Chen in being named an AAAS Fellow! It is an honor with special relevance not only as an outstanding scientist in his field, but as a leader in the greater scientific community.”
– Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, ICBR Director
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Gainesville and Washington, D.C. — The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected seven faculty from the University of Florida to the newest class of AAAS Fellows, among the most distinct honors within the scientific community.
AAAS has awarded the following faculty from UF:
- J. Scott Angle, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, for distinguished contributions to the agricultural sciences, particularly soil science and microbiology, for fertilization strategies to alleviate world hunger, and for outstanding administrative excellence at three land-grant universities.
- Sixue Chen, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for distinguished contributions to the field of plant biology, particularly for our understanding of molecular networks that underlie responses to biotic and abiotic stresses.
- Matias Kirst, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, for distinguished contributions in the area of molecular breeding, genomics and informatics.
- Yuncong Li, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, for distinguished contributions to the field of soil and water sciences, particularly developing management practices for sustaining crop production and protecting soil and water quality.
- Jose C. Principe, College of Engineering, for distinguished contributions to the field of statistical signal processing, specifically by incorporating information theory and kernel functions applied to computational neuroscience.
- Tony Romeo, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, for distinguished contributions to the field of bacterial physiology and genetics, particularly the investigation of global gene regulation by small RNAs, exemplified by his work with the carbon storage regulator A (CsrA), an RNA binding protein with a central role in controlling bacterial physiology.
- Kathryn Sieving, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, for distinguished contributions to the fields of behavioral, community and landscape ecology, particularly using conceptual principles for wildlife conservation.
“Selection as AAAS Fellows is an important recognition of the outstanding research these seven faculty members are undertaking,” said David Norton, UF’s vice president for research. “It is also recognition of the breadth and diversity of UF’s nearly $1 billion research enterprise.”
“AAAS is proud to bestow the honor of AAAS Fellow to some of today’s brightest minds who are integral to forging our path into the future,” said Dr. Sudip Parikh, AAAS chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. “We celebrate these distinguished individuals for their invaluable contributions to the scientific enterprise.”
This tradition stretches back to 1874. AAAS Fellows are a distinguished cadre of scientists, engineers, and innovators who have been recognized for their achievements across disciplines ranging from research, teaching, and technology, to administration in academia, industry, and government, to excellence in communicating and interpreting science to the public.