Matthew W. Hahn—professor in the IU Bloomington Department of Biology and the IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering—is one of five faculty members from Indiana University named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a distinction that recognizes outstanding contributions to the progress of science and research. Also named an AAAS fellow is Adam Zlotnick, an adjunct professor of the Department of Biology and professor of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. The five faculty members' election brings the number of AAAS fellows affiliated with IU to 99.
"The breadth and depth of these five faculty members' work is a testament to Indiana University's powerful expertise and intellectual curiosity across many areas of scientific and social inquiry," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Their efforts lead the conversation on subjects of vital importance to society, such as water safety, information security and the treatment of disease, as well as advance academic investigation into major questions related to our physical development as a species and the interaction of our culture and our biology."
Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. The AAAS citations of merit for Hahn and Zlotnick read as follows:
- Hahn—For distinguished contributions to the field of evolutionary biology, particularly using genomics and bioinformatics to study gene-family and genome evolution, speciation, phylogenetics and population genomics.
- Zlotnick—For contributions to our understanding of the biochemical basis of viral capsid assembly.
The fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Nov. 24 issue of the journal Science.