Five Colorado State University professors in the College of Natural Sciences have been awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science distinction of Fellow.

The title of AAAS Fellow, one of the most prestigious honors in science, requires nomination by scientific peers. This year’s class from CSU includes three in from the Department of Chemistry and two from the Department of Biology. Fellows will be recognized at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston in February.

“Our biology and chemistry faculty are conducting cutting-edge research that is leading to new discoveries and companies as well as a better understanding of the world around us,” said Jan Nerger, dean of the College of Natural Sciences. “We are very proud of these fine scientists and their extraordinary accomplishments.”

Joining the Fellows in chemistry:

Eugene Chen, professor – For seminal contributions to polymerization catalysis and sustainable chemistry, particularly for developing new polymerization reactions and techniques for advanced and/or sustainable polymers.

C. Michael Elliot, professor – For creative work in inorganic synthesis and photochemistry as well as for teaching and mentoring of students and service as department head.

Tomislav Rovis, professor – For distinguished contributions to the field of chemical synthesis, particularly for the development of nucleophilic carbene catalysis and asymmetric umpolung.

Joining the Fellows in biology:

Donald Mykles, professor and University Honors director – For distinguished contributions to the field of crustacean physiology, particularly muscle structure and function, and the endocrinological basis of molt regulation.

N. LeRoy Poff, professor and director of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology – For pioneering research on stream ecology that advanced ecological theory and its application to developing solutions for critical environmental problems concerning water resources.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded the distinction of fellow to 702 of its members this year. These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished

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