November 25, 2013
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded four New York University professors the distinction of AAAS Fellow: Steven Burden, a neurobiologist at NYU School of Medicine; Eric Klann, a professor in the Center for Neural Science; Catherine Milne, a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; and Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at NYU School of Medicine. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
Burden, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and the Department of Cell Biology at NYU School of Medicine, was elected as an AAAS Fellow for “distinguished contributions to the understanding of neuromuscular synapse formation, particularly the identification and study of the Agrin, Lrp4, MuSK and Dok-7 signaling pathway.” An internationally recognized expert in the mechanisms of the neuromuscular synapse, his work provides a basis for understanding how dysfunction in this pathway causes neuromuscular disease as well as insight into the design of therapies to treat these diseases.
Klann was cited for “distinguished contributions to understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity and cognition, and how they are altered in brain disorders.” His recent work has uncovered novel mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets for a range of afflictions, including autism and Alzheimer's disease.
Milne, an associate professor for science education in NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning, was recognized “for distinguished contributions to research in chemistry education, and in history and philosophy of science, and for co-editing the journal Cultural Studies in Science Education.” Milne also studies how science teachers and students use representations in science and researches the strategies teachers can use to improve the general and discipline-based literacy of their students.
Sacks, MD, professor of neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center, was elected to the AAAS “for distinguished contributions to public awareness and understanding of science, and of the history of chemistry, through his book Uncle Tungsten and other writings.” A frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, he is also the author of 12 books, including Hallucinations, Musicophilia, Awakenings, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
This year, 388 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be honored in February 2014 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.
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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine (www.sciencetranslationalmedicine.org) and Science Signaling (www.sciencesignaling.org). AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more.
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