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Caitlyn Allen, Michael Casler, Timothy Donohue and David Spooner inducted as AAAS fellows

Four CALS professors are among 10 UW-Madison faculty members that have been elected fellows of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the organization announced on Dec. 17.

  • Caitilyn Allen, professor of plant pathology, was cited for distinguished contributions to the field of plant-microbe interactions, particularly the biology of bacteria that cause plant disease, and for work to increase representation of women in science.
  • Michael Casler, a professor of agronomy and member of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, was honored for distinguished contributions in agricultural sciences in teaching, research on perennial forages and bioenergy crop genetics, quality, fitness and adaptation, and for scientific services.
  • Timothy Donohue, a professor of bacteriology and director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, was recognized for contributions to the field of bacteriology, especially for investigating metabolic and regulatory activities of photosynthetic bacteria critical to bioenergy formation.
  • David Spooner, a professor of horticulture, was honored for distinguished work in systematics, evolution, and the domestication of potatoes, tomatoes and their wild relatives.