Departmental faculty members who were named AAAS Fellows and honored at the 2012 AAAS Fellows Forum were:
- Professor Emeritus David Dilcher, "for distinguished service to the study of angiosperm paleobotany, particularly the ‘abominable mystery' of angiosperm evolutionary origins, and for fostering international cooperation in paleobotany."
- Professor Patricia Foster, "for distinguished contributions to molecular genetics and microbiology, particularly for determining mechanisms of stress-induced mutagenesis and elucidating the calculation of spontaneous mutation rates." In March 2013, IU's Office of the Vice Provost for Research named Foster the associate vice provost for the sciences. She is tasked with working with IUB science faculty to form collaborative research teams and "to enhance our science faculty's opportunities to attract team-based research funding."
- Also elected was former biology faculty member, Carl Bauer, who now chairs the Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Department and holds an adjunct position with our department. He was recognized "for distinguished contributions in the field of microbial physiology especially for defining an understanding of the origin, evolution, and regulation of photosynthesis genes."
These three each received their certificate and pin at the society's annual meeting held in Vancouver, B.C., on February 18, 2012.
The eleven join AAAS Fellows Lynda Delph, Roger Hangarter, Roger Innes, and Rudolf Raff, who were honored at a Fellows Forum held on February 19, 2011. They were featured in the summer 2011 issue of The Biology Alumni Newsletter.
This brings the total number of AAAS Fellows among current IU Biology faculty to 23—over a third of the faculty, attesting to the quality of the IU biology department.