Seven U-M scientists, engineers named 2017 AAAS Fellows

November 20, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Seven University of Michigan faculty members are among 396 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

These scientists and engineers were chosen as AAAS Fellows by their peers for their “efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished,” according to AAAS.

The new fellows are:

H.V. Jagadish, H.V. Jagadishthe Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering and a distinguished scientist at the Michigan Institute for Data Science, for distinguished contributions to database systems and many aspects of big data and data science, specifically for new ways to share data.

Neil Marsh, Neil Marshprofessor of chemistry in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and professor of biological chemistry at the Medical School, for distinguished contributions to the fields of chemical biology and enzymology, particularly for studies of enzymatic radical reactions and studies of fluorinated proteins.


Anne McNeil, Anne McNeilArthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and a professor of macromolecular science and engineering in the College of Engineering, for pioneering research uncovering the underlying principles guiding reactivity in catalyst-transfer polymerizations as well as self-assembly in small molecule gel formation.

Bhramar Mukherjee, Bhramar Mukherjeethe John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics, a professor of epidemiology and of global public health at the School of Public Health, and the associate director for cancer control and population sciences at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, for exemplary contributions to Bayesian methodology for the analysis of gene-environment interactions and data generated under case-control and outcome dependent sampling mechanisms.

Christopher Poulsen, Christopher Poulsenprofessor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and a professor of climate and space sciences and engineering in the College of Engineering, for extraordinary accomplishments in climate change modeling that have improved understanding of how Earth’s climate has evolved and changed over the past 800 million years.

Shawn Xu, Shawn Xuthe Bernard W. Agranoff Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences, professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the Medical School, and a research professor at the Life Sciences institute, for distinguished contributions to behavioral genetics and sensory biology, particularly using C. elegans as a model system to advance understanding of mechanosensation, thermosensation, photosensation and nociception.

Jianzhi Zhang, Jianzhi Zhangthe Marshall W. Nirenberg Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, for distinguished contributions to the field of molecular evolution, particularly for discoveries in functional genomics, and for developing impactful molecular evolutionary methods.

Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in Science Nov. 24 and will be honored in February at the AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas.