New AAAS Fellows from CALS: Michael Cox, Jiming Jiang, Jorge Escalante-Semerena

Three CALS professors are among eight from the UW-Madison who have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They include:

  • Michael M. Cox, professor of biochemistry, for distinguished contributions in molecular biology and enzymology of genetic recombination and DNA repair, and in the improvement of science education.
  • Jiming Jiang, professor of horticulture, for distinguished contributions to our understanding of crop plant genomes, especially centromeres, through the development, application and integration of advanced cytogenetic and genomic technologies.
  • Jorge C. Escalante-Semerena, professor of bacteriology, for distinguished contributions to the understanding of coenzyme vitamin B12 biosynthesis, sirtuins, and bacterial metabolism of propionate, tricarballylate and ethanolamine and graduate training in microbiology.

Selection as a AAAS fellow is a high honor conferred by peers in recognition of distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society. The tradition of naming AAAS fellows in honor of their achievements dates to 1874.

New fellows will be recognized at the Fellows Forum, held during the annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19.