Four New York University professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Four New York University professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Four New York University professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon the association’s members by their peers.


"These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished," the association said in announcing this year's fellows.


New Fellows will be honored in mid-February at the Fellows Forum during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


The AAAS members from NYU to receive the honor this year were Timothy Bromage, a professor in the Departments of Biomaterials & Biomimetics and Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology at NYU’s College of Dentistry and in NYU’s Department of Anthropology, as well as three faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center: Hannah Klein, vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology and a professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Medicine, and Pathology; Mark Philips, a professor in the Departments of Medicine, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology; and William Rom, the Sol and Judith Bergstein Professor of Medicine and professor of Environmental Medicine.


Bromage has made several advances in paleoanthropology, notably through fieldwork, novel optics technologies, and in hard tissue biology, which in human evolutionary research established the fields of growth, development, and life history—the pace at which an organism grows. Klein was honored for her work in identifying proteins critical for the accurate repair of double-strand break DNA damage, which occurs often in human cells and drives cancer risk as we age. Philips has worked to reveal details of small GTPase signaling, including the oncogene RAS , which regulates both normal cell growth and the abnormal growth seen in tumors. Rom was chosen for his work on the public health effects of climate change, and for his research related to the early detection of lung cancer and the immune system’s response to tuberculosis.


New York University, founded in 1831, is one of the world’s foremost research universities and is a member of the selective Association of American Universities. NYU has degree-granting university campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai; and has 11 other global academic sites, including London, Paris, Florence, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Accra. NYU sends more students to study abroad than any other U.S. college or university and more international students study at NYU than at any other U.S. university. Through its numerous schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, the cinematic and performing arts, music and studio arts, public administration, engineering, social work, and continuing and professional studies, among other areas.

Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than eight percent of dentists nationally. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among it students that is unmatched by any other dental school. In January 2015, NYU opened a 13 floor, 170,000 square-foot interprofessional building at 433 First Avenue in Manhattan, adjacent to NYUCD's main campus. The new building expands space of the College of Dentistry by 50,000 square feet and provides a home for the NYU College of Nursing and the NYU Bioengineering Institute. It is a stunning example of a truly interdisciplinary partnership with a focus on synergistic academic and research opportunities to help solve complex public health problems facing the world, and, especially, the number one problem -- access to care.

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