Four named fellows of science association

Oct. 30, 2005, 6:19 p.m.

Three Princeton faculty members and a staff member in the development office have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their "efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished."

Mary Baum, director of leadership gifts in the Office of Development, was honored "for impressive effectiveness in support of science and engineering and for mentoring of women into positions of leadership." Baum holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Princeton and has been a member of the University's development staff since 1994. Prior to that, she was a research scientist at Merck Research Laboratories and managed the nuclear magnetic resonance facility in Princeton's chemistry department.

Jianqing Fan, professor of operations research and financial engineering, was recognized "for far-reaching contributions to statistical theory and methods, financial econometrics and statistical applications to health sciences." Fan joined the Princeton faculty in 2003 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and also has taught at the University of California-Los Angeles and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Laura Landweber, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was cited for "probing the diversity of genetic systems." Landweber's research focuses on the interplay between molecular evolution and computational biology. A 1989 graduate of Princeton who received her Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University, Landweber has been a Princeton faculty member since 1994.

Stephen Pacala, the Frederick Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, focuses on the processes that govern ecological communities and interactions between the global biosphere and climate, among other research interests. He was recognized for " development of the soundest and most influential forest growth simulator available, providing the foundation for a new generation of integrated atmosphere-biosphere models."

The American Association for the Advancement of Science elevated 376 of its members to the level of fellow this year in recognition of their accomplishments. The association is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.