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Oct. 31, 2003

UI's Chaloner, Malanson Elected 2003 AAAS Fellows

University of Iowa professor and head of biostatistics Kathryn M. Chaloner, Ph.D., and professor of geography George P. Malanson, Ph.D., have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society.

The two UI professors and 346 other individuals elected as Fellows will be honored during the 2004 AAAS annual meeting Feb. 14 in Seattle, Wash. The AAAS award recognizes members for their efforts to advance science or applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

Chaloner's current research interests include experimental design, especially in using Bayesian methods for design, Bayesian modeling, clinical trials and HIV/AIDS research. She is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in research and education in statistics and biostatistics. She received a master of science degree in statistics from University College, London University, in 1976, and completed her Ph.D. in statistics in 1982 at Carnegie-Mellon University. She joined the UI College of Public Health in 2002.

An elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and elected member of the International Statistical Institute, Chaloner has served as associate editor of four major journals, including Biometrics and the Journal of the American Statistical Association. She also has served on and chaired a variety of collegiate committees and has mentored and advised numerous outstanding graduate students. She is an active participant on national program committees and is frequently invited to speak at educational conferences and seminars across the country and abroad.

Malanson came to the UI in 1985 after having received his doctorate from UCLA in 1983. His research in the northern Rocky Mountains is focused on patterns and processes at alpine treeline and in montane wetlands. His current research activities include grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Geography & Regional Science division, "Uncovering the Spatial Pattern of Feedback Effects at Alpine Treeline," and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Biological Resources Division to study "Invasibility of Alpine Tundra." His recent research extends to land use change at forest frontiers in Ecuador and Thailand.

In August 2003, Malanson was named a Coleman-Miller Professor, one of the highest and most prestigious honors given to a UI faculty member.

His service with national organizations includes the National Academies/National Research Council Committee on Geography at the USGS from 2000-2002; the NSF Geography & Regional Science Program Panel from 1998-1999; the editorial board of the journal Landscape Ecology since 1997; the editorial board of the journal Annals, Association of American Geographers since 2000; the Association of American Geographers' (AAG) Nystrom Award Committee in 1990, 1993 and 1997; and chair of the AAG Biogeography Specialty Group from 1997-99. He teaches introduction to Earth systems science for undergraduates, and his courses for advanced and graduate students include landscape ecology, wetlands, advanced biogeography and advanced landscape ecology.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the world's largest general federation of scientists. AAAS and its journal, Science, report nearly 140,000 individual and institutional subscribers, plus 272 affiliated organizations in more than 130 countries, serving a total of 10 million individuals.

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