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Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Three IU Bloomington scientists chosen as AAAS fellows


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The American Association for the Advancement of Science has chosen Indiana University Bloomington biologists Jeffrey Palmer and Keith Clay and IUB geologist Erle Kauffman among its 2005 class of fellows. The scientists will be honored during the AAAS annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo., on Feb. 18, 2006.

Electees and their reasons for induction are, according to the AAAS:

* Erle Kauffman, retired, for "outstanding contributions to the study and teaching of the geological evolution of the Cretaceous of the Western interior of North America"

* Keith Clay, for "showing how microbial interactions with plants, including both symbiotic and pathogenic interactions, affect the diversity and dynamics of ecological communities"

* Jeffrey Palmer, for "fundamental discoveries in plant molecular evolution and phylogeny that have revolutionized the understanding of organellar genome evolution and virtually initiated molecular plant systematics"

A list of this year's 376 fellows will be published in the Oct. 28 issue of the AAAS journal Science.

IU Bloomington now has 40 AAAS fellows, more than any other institution in the state. Past electees include environmental chemist Ronald Hites, political scientist Elinor Ostrom, and chemists Harry Day and Gary Hieftje. AAAS is the largest general scientific society in the world.

To speak with Clay or Kauffman, please contact David Bricker at 812-856-9035 or Palmer is in New Caledonia conducting field work and cannot be reached.