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Five WSU faculty named AAAS Fellows

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Professors Santanu Bose, Tom Kawula, Bernd Markus Lange, Jill McCluskey, and Katrina Mealey have all been elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a lifetime honor recognizing the distinguished contributions of scientists, engineers, and innovators.

They are part of 564 new Fellows to be honored this year by the scientific society which publishes the Science family of journals. The new Fellows will be celebrated later in the year during an in-person gathering to be scheduled when it is feasible from a public health and safety perspective. They will also be featured in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science in January 2022.

The new AAAS Fellows from WSU are:

Closeup of Santanu Bose.

Santanu Bose

Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
College of Veterinary Medicine

Bose was recognized for his contributions to the field of respiratory virus innate immunity and inflammation, particularly for understanding the mechanisms regulating production of proinflammatory and antiviral factors to treat inflammatory lung diseases.

Closeup of Tom Kawula.

Tom Kawula

Professor and Director
Paul G. Allen School for Global Health

Director of Graduate Education
College of Veterinary Medicine

Kawula was selected for his work in microbiology, particularly in molecular pathogenesis of zoonotic bacterial diseases and training of the next generation of infectious diseases scientists.

Bernd Markus Lange

Institute of Biological Chemistry
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Lange was honored as a Fellow for his research in the field of plant terpenoid biochemistry, with particular emphasis on metabolic control in specialized secretory structures and cell types.

Closeup of Jill McCluskey.

Jill McCluskey

Regents Professor and Director
School of Economic Sciences
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

McCluskey was recognized for her contributions to research and leadership in the areas of food labeling, food quality, and product reputation.

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Katrina Mealey

Regents Professor
Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Richard L. Ott Endowed Chair
Small Animal Medicine and Research
College of Veterinary Medicine

Mealey was elected a Fellow for her contributions to veterinary pharmacogenetics, particularly for developing methods to identify animals susceptible to adverse drug events thereby preventing fatal adverse drug reactions.

“This recognition by the world’s largest scientific society is a testament to the incredible quality, innovativeness, and impact of WSU faculty research,” said Chris Keane, vice president for research for WSU and vice chancellor for research at WSU Pullman. “The work of our new AAAS Fellows also demonstrates WSU’s commitment to its land-grant mission to bring insights and practical solutions to the real challenges facing the citizens of our state, nation, and the world.”

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