Four Northwestern University faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

The four professors are being honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

New fellows will be honored Feb. 14 at the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

The faculty members are:

Mark Hersam, the Bette and Neison Harris Professor in Teaching Excellence and professor of materials science and engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Hersam was chosen for his distinguished contributions to the fundamentals and applications of nanoelectronic materials, including the development of methods for isolating monodisperse carbon nanotubes, graphene and related nanomaterials.

William L. Lowe Jr., the Tom D. Spies Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism in Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Lowe was chosen for his distinguished contributions to the intersection of genetic and endocrine research, particularly in the genetics of metabolism and diabetes, overall, and in pregnancy.

Thomas J. Meade, the Eileen Foell Professor in Cancer Research and professor of chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Meade was chosen for his distinguished contributions to the field of bioinorganic chemistry and for pioneering bio-activated magnetic resonance imaging probes and commercializing electronic DNA and protein biosensors.

Igal Szleifer, the Christina Enroth-Cugell Professor of Biomedical Engineering in McCormick. Szleifer was chosen for his distinguished contributions to the field of biomaterials and biointerfaces, particularly for theoretical modeling of molecular organization and biorelated function in polymer modified surfaces.

AAAS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world. It publishes the journal Science, as well as newsletters, books and reports. This year, AAAS elected 401 of its members as fellows.

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