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Dec. 18, 2008

Three UI faculty members named AAAS Fellows

Three faculty members from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine each have been awarded the distinction of 2008 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

The three new AAAS Fellows, who were all recognized by the AAAS biological sciences division, are:

--Garry Buettner, Ph.D., UI professor of radiation oncology and a member of the Free Radical Radiation Biology Program.

--Paul Rothman, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, executive director of UI Physicians and professor of internal medicine.

--Marc S. Wold, Ph.D., UI professor of biochemistry.

The three UI recipients, who also are all members of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, are among 486 individuals elected this year by peers. AAAS members are elevated to the rank of "Fellow" because their efforts to advance science or its applications are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. The new Fellows will be honored at the 2009 AAAS annual meeting in February.

Buettner was honored for contributions and leadership in free radical biology, particularly for the application of thermodynamics to elucidate the role of antioxidants in biology. His research includes studying how vitamins C and E serve as antioxidants in cells and tissues and their roles in disease and health. Buettner holds a doctorate in chemistry from the UI and joined the UI staff in 1988 as director of the Electronic Spin Resonance (ESR) Facility, a UI core research facility. He became a faculty member in 1993 and continues to direct the ESR Facility. Learn more at

Rothman was recognized for contributions to the field of immunology, particularly for advances concerning signaling pathways and transcriptional control. His research on cytokines (immune system molecules) examines their role in the development of leukocytes. Abnormal development of these blood cells can lead to leukemia. He also studies the role of cytokines in immune system responses to asthma and allergies. Rothman earned his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine and joined the UI in 2004. Learn more at

Wold was honored for contributions to functional studies on the eukaryotic single-stranded DNA binding protein RPA in DNA replication, repair, recombination and checkpoint activation. His research on RPA, or replication protein A, is increasing understanding of cancer cell proliferation and changes that occur when cells age. Knowledge gained could lead to new treatments for diseases associated with defects in DNA repair or replication, such as cancer. Wold, who holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University, joined the UI faculty in 1989. Learn more at

The nonprofit AAAS ( was founded in 1848 and includes 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. AAAS hosts a news site, EurekAlert!, at

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