Two UIC faculty scholars named fellows of prestigious science organization

Two University of Illinois at Chicago faculty scholars have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS has announced.

Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers for socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Deirdre McCloskey, distinguished professor of economics and liberal arts and sciences, was cited for her “outstanding contributions to world economic history and for provocative scholarship on the practice of economics, extending the field in humanistic and scientific ways.”

Mrinalini (“Meena”) Rao, professor of physiology and biophysics at UIC and former U of I vice president for academic affairs, was honored for “distinguished contributions to the gastroenterological field, particularly to intestinal epithelial transport, and for leadership in academic affairs and diversity.”

This year AAAS elected 702 fellows. They were announced last week in the journal Science and will be presented with a certificate and a gold-and-blue rosette pin in February during the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.

Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society, which includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science and serves 10 million individuals. The non-profit is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs and science education. AAAS is publisher of the journal Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world and an estimated total readership of 1 million.

UIC ranks among the nation’s leading research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 27,500 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.

[Photos of McCloskey and Rao are at http://newsphoto.lib.uic.edu/v/aaas/.]

Additional media contact: Katharine Zambon, AAAS, (202) 326-6434, kzambon@aaas.org.

UIC ranks among the nation’s leading research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 27,500 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world. For more information about UIC, please visit www.uic.edu.

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