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Five USF faculty members named fellows of prestigious scientific society



Five faculty members at the University of South Florida have been named fellows of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest scientific society.

Together, the researchers in medicine, public health and technology represent “decades of scientific accomplishments and more than 50 patented technologies,” a USF news release said.

The announcement brings USF’s number of AAAS fellows to 61, putting USF in the same class as the University of Florida and the University of Texas at Austin, among other organizations.

“The global recognition of the accomplishments and careers of these five stellar scientists says much about the quality and impact of research across the University of South Florida System,” said Paul Sanberg, senior vice president for research, innovation and economic development at USF. “Their scientific accomplishments have led to better healthcare and more advanced technology that serve humankind in a myriad of ways.”

This year, 391 AAAS members became fellows in an election by their peers, who honor distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. Each of this year’s fellows from USF juggle multiple titles and boast long CVs, but here’s a (very) abridged look at their work. You'll find much more about their work here.

  • John H. Adams, a distinguished professor in the department of global health, was cited for his pioneering work in malaria research, especially his high-profile discoveries that have led to better antimalarial drugs and vaccines. Adams also holds appointments in the Morsani College of Medicine.

  • Dmitry B. Goldgof is a professor in USF’s department of computer science and engineering, as well as in the department of oncological sciences in the Morsani College of Medicine. He was praised for his work in the fields of computer vision, pattern recognition and biomedical applications. His research in biomedical image analysis (e.g., identifying tumors in brain scans) was singled out.

  • Dennis K. Killinger is a distinguished professor emeritus of physics and director of the Lidar Remote Sensing Laboratory in USF’s College of Arts and Sciences. An early leader in the field of laser remote sensing, he was honored for groundbreaking work in “tunable laser spectroscopy and atmospheric remote sensing, especially new techniques for Lidar sensing of global CO2 and environmental trace species.”

  • Dr. Charles J. Lockwood is the senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, among other titles. He was honored for his research in reproductive science, notably his discovery of fetal fibronectin, the first biochemical predictor of premature birth.

  • Shyam S. Mohapatra is a distinguished USF Health professor, as well as an associate dean of graduate programs and professor in the College of Pharmacy, among other titles. He was lauded for his achievements in pharmaceutical and health sciences, especially those that have advanced biomedical nanotechnology for inflammatory diseases.

[Last modified: Monday, November 21, 2016 5:40pm]


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