Schlosser, Chang Elected to AAAS

Four Columbia University professors — including Columbia Engineering's Peter Schlosser and Shih-Fu Chang — have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a prestigious scientific society established in 1848.
Schlosser (left) is the Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering (Henry Krumb School of Mines) and Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences (in the School of Arts and Sciences). Chang (far right) is a professor of Electrical Engineering.
The new fellows, selected from across a range of fields, including political science, biology and epidemiology, are among 503 inductees from across the nation. Last year the AAAS recognized seven Columbia professors as new fellows.
Excerpts from the AAAS citations of the newly-elected Columbia fellows are below:
Peter Schlosser, Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at SEAS and professor of earth and environmental sciences, was selected for his "important scientific accomplishments in ocean and hydrological sciences." Schlosser, who is also associate director of Columbia's Earth Institute and chair of the Earth Institute faculty, was recognized for his "contributions to sustainable development and his significant services to national and international scientific communities."
Shih-Fu Chang, professor and former department chair of electrical engineering at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, was selected for "pioneering contributions to multimedia content analysis and search." Since the early 1990s, his research group has developed numerous popular visual search engines and intelligent multimedia communication systems.
Wallace S. Broecker
Wallace S. Broecker, Newberry Professor of Earth and Environmental Science in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, was selected for "distinguished contributions to the fields of climate science and oceanography." In particular, Broecker, who is also a researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, was recognized for his "understanding of glacial ages, circulation of the ocean and ocean biogeochemistry."
Saul J. Silverstein
Saul J. Silverstein, professor of microbiology and immunology at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, was selected for "distinguished contributions to the field of biology and medical sciences." In particular, Silverstein was recognized for "development of the process of cotransformation of mammalian cells," which allows foreign DNA to be inserted into a host cell to produce certain proteins. Other notable accomplishments by Silverstein include the development of diagnostic reagents for the identification of human papillomaviruses, unraveling the transcriptional cascade of herpes simplex virus and most recently the interplay of viruses with host restriction factors.
New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, Feb. 19 during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The names of the new fellows were published in the “AAAS News & Notes” section of the journal Science on Jan. 28.

— First published by the Columbia University Office of Communications and Public Affairs

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