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Oct. 29, 2004

AAAS Elects UI's Irish And Weinstock As 2004 Fellows

Two University of Iowa faculty members have been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Erin Irish, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Joel Weinstock, M.D., professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, were among 308 individuals elected this year by peers.

AAAS members are elevated to the rank of "fellow" if their efforts to advance science or its applications are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Irish and Weinstock will be honored next February during the 2005 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Irish was elected as part of the biological sciences section for her genetic and developmental studies that reveal the nature and regulation of determinacy in vegetative and reproductive meristems in maize. Meristems are similar to stem cells in animals because they serve as a perpetual source of new cells.

Irish joined the UI faculty in 1990. She previously was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pennsylvania and at Yale University. Irish earned a bachelor's degree from Hiram College in 1980 and received a doctoral degree in biology from Indiana University in 1984.

As part of the medical sciences section, Weinstock was elected for his significant contributions to the field of immune regulation and inflammatory bowel disease, particularly for fundamental discoveries that advance the understanding of host-parasite immune interaction and the regulation of chronic inflammation.

Weinstock, who also directs the Digestive Diseases Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Division of Gastroenterology-Hepatology, joined the UI faculty in 1986. He previously held positions at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Hutzel Hospital and Harper Hospital in Detroit, Mich.

Weinstock earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan in 1969 and a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1973. He also completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Michigan.

The non-profit AAAS ( was founded in 1848 and involves 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Its journal, Science (, has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million.

For the latest research news, log onto the AAAS web site EurekAlert! at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660; Program: Carol Hoy, AAAS, 212-724-2282,

PHOTOS: Contact Becky Soglin for current, color electronic images of Irish and Weinstock.

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