Six Northwestern University college members have been chosen as 2020 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the biggest basic scientific society on the planet.
Shi-Yuan Cheng, André de Gouvêa, William Dichtel, Kenneth Forbus, Jiaxing Huang and Michael Jewett have been elected in recognition of their distinguished efforts to advance science. They might be honored nearly on Feb. 13, 2021, in an induction ceremony for brand new fellows.
Cheng is a professor of neurology on the Feinberg School of Medicine. He is acknowledged for his excellent contributions in molecular and translational most cancers analysis, particularly for creating and exploiting mobile and preclinical fashions for human tumor biology and remedy.
As an investigator in analysis, Cheng seeks to enhance our understanding of molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways in most cancers. By understanding these pathways, Cheng develops approaches for anti-cancer therapies that concentrate on the molecular growth of tumors. Cheng seems at cell tradition and animal mannequin programs notably in human glioblastoma, probably the most malignant type of most cancers within the mind.
de Gouvêa is a professor of physics within the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He is acknowledged for his contributions to our understanding of the physics of neutrinos and their function within the extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics.
de Gouvêa concentrates analysis efforts inside the division of physics and astronomy on theoretical high-energy physics. He seems at established theories about neutrinos and darkish matter and seeks deeper understanding of the mechanisms that management these processes.
Dichtel is the Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry in Weinberg. He is acknowledged for distinguished contributions to the fields of natural and polymer chemistry. In explicit, he works on synthesis and functions of two-dimensional polymers and porous polymer networks.
Dichtel’s lab focuses on creating and testing newly found supplies that apply natural and polymer vitality. His work has implications in water purification, vitality storage, explosives detection and polymer design.
Forbus is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science within the McCormick School of Engineering. He is acknowledged for distinguished contributions to synthetic intelligence (A.I.). He makes use of qualitative reasoning, machine studying and pure language understanding to advance A.I. expertise.
Forbus’ analysis expands throughout a variety of subject material, from clever academic software program to sketch understanding to make use of of A.I. in interactive environments reminiscent of sport design. He advances the thought in cognitive science that analogies are on the core of how people course of data.
Huang is a professor of supplies science and engineering in McCormick. Huang’s contributions to the sector of supplies embrace work on synthesis and processing of colloidal nanomaterials and their new functions for higher dwelling.
His analysis group goals to create new supplies, make them extra readily processable and apply them in artistic methods. His work has implications in catalysis and vitality, corrosion and friction management, manufacturing, private care, and public well being preparedness to infectious respiratory ailments.
Jewett is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering in McCormick and director of the Center for Synthetic Biology. His distinguished contributions to the sector of engineering embrace his use of artificial biology and cell-free programs to allow new functions that remodel the bioeconomy.
Jewett’s analysis focuses on making biology extra accessible to engineering. His work has implications in point-of-care manufacturing of vaccines and therapeutics, field-deployable detection of water contaminants for international well being, growth of equitable Okay-12 experiential studying kits, and sustainability.
Founded in 1874, the custom of AAAS fellows has continued every year and this yr honors 489 members. The AAAS was based in 1848 and contains practically 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million folks. It publishes the journal Science, the largest-circulating peer-reviewed basic journal on the planet. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” by initiatives in science coverage, worldwide packages, science training, public engagement and extra.