L. Pamela Cook-Ioannidis and Blake Meyers have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest scientific society. The AAAS Fellow honor is bestowed upon members by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Cook-Ioannidis is recognized “for significant contributions to the mathematics of fluids (compressible and viscoelastic), and to the profession particularly in proactive service and leadership within SIAM” (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics).
Currently, she is the associate dean for faculty development in the College of Engineering and professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, where she served as chair from 1992 to 2000. She is also SIAM’s vice president for publications. Earlier this year, she was named The Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) 2012 University Change Agent for efforts to improve the representation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Meyers is cited “for distinguished contributions to the fields of bioinformatics and plant functional genomics, especially in the area of small RNA biology, in model and crop plants.”
The Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor and chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Meyers uses advanced DNA sequencing technologies to understand the biological functions and genomic impact of small RNAs, DNA methylation and gene expression in rice, maize and other plants. His lab pioneered the applications to mRNA and small RNA analyses of the first of the now-popular “next-generation” DNA sequencing technologies.