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Five From UC Named AAAS Fellows

UC faculty from the colleges of arts and sciences and medicine have been awarded Fellow status by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. UC now has 29 AAAS Fellows.

Date: 11/25/2013 11:00:00 AM
By: Dama Ewbank
Phone: (513) 558-4519

UC ingot   Five scientists from the University of Cincinnati (UC) have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They will be presented with official certificates and AAAS’s traditional rosette pins Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, during the AAAS annual meeting in Chicago.

AAAS fellowship status is given annually to distinguished individuals by society members and their peers. UC’s awardees are among the 388 AAAS members named Fellows this year for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. UC now has 29 faculty members who are AAAS Fellows.

New Fellows from UC are:

George Deepe, MD
Deepe, professor of medicine in the UC College of Medicine’s infectious diseases division, is being recognized by AAAS for “distinguished contributions to the field of fungal immunology and host defenses to fungal pathogenesis and to our understanding of metals in regulation of fungal immunology.”

Deepe has been on UC’s faculty for more than 30 years, serving 15 years as chief of the division of infectious diseases. He is a leading researcher and a world-recognized expert in the study of Histoplasma capsulatum, a pathogenic fungus that causes infection, particularly in the Ohio River Valley.

For his work, he was selected as UC’s 2013 recipient of the George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Distinguished Scientific Research. He was honored at the All-University Faculty Awards celebration April 17, 2013.

Deepe has consistently received federal and private funding for his research and has been awarded a number of honors, including the Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) from 1987 to 1992 and the MERIT Award from the NIAID from 1997 to 2007. In addition to his outstanding research portfolio, Deepe is heavily involved in mentoring graduate students and currently serves as associate director of the UC Medical Scientist Training Program.

Patrick Limbach, PhD
Limbach, an Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor of chemistry in UC’s McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, is being recognized by AAAS for “distinguished contributions in the area of nucleic acid mass spectrometry and for contributions to improving minority diversity in the chemical sciences.”

Limbach is a bioanalytical chemist with research interests in mass spectrometry, ribonucleoprotein complexes and protein translation. He earned his PhD from Ohio State University, where his graduate research focused on instrumentation improvements to Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry. While completing postdoc work at the University of Utah, Limbach worked in the area of RNA chemistry and nucleic acid mass spectrometry.

In 1995, he joined the faculty at Louisiana State University and in 2001, he moved to his current position at the University of Cincinnati. Limbach has received numerous teaching and research awards including the Young Investigator Research Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and was the 2008 Cincinnati section of the American Chemical Society Chemist of the Year.

David Meyer, PhD
Meyer is professor emeritus in the geology department at UC’s College of Arts and Sciences and is being recognized by AAAS for “distinguished research in invertebrate paleontology, including the study of extant crinoids to better understand extinct species, and for outstanding student-faculty relations, editorial contributions and community outreach.”

Upon earning his doctorate in geology from Yale University in 1971, Meyer worked as a research scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama from 1971 to 1975, and came to UC 1975. He has published widely in the field of paleobiology, especially on the paleontology of echinoderms, the ecology of coral reefs and the regional paleoecology of Ordovician strata in the Cincinnati area and of Mississippian strata in the Lake Cumberland area of Kentucky and Tennessee.

His research has touched on several key issues in paleoecology and macroevolution, including the nature of fossilization processes involved in the transformation of once-living organisms into skeletal and, ultimately fossil remains; the behavioral ecology of several extinct groups of echinoderms and brachiopods; the importance of predation as an agent in long-term macroevolutionary transitions observed throughout the history of life; the significance and genesis of, large, enigmatic “mud mounds,” which were prominent features on mid-Paleozoic sea floors; and the relevance of observations and data collected on present-day sea floors to patterns and processes observed in the deep-time fossil record.

Meyer authored a book about the world-famous Cincinnatian rocks and fossils, A Sea Without Fish (Indiana University Press, 2009), which has been widely praised in the professional and amateur scientific communities.

He played a leading role in the development of the graduate paleontology program at UC into a top-ranked program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. He is a Fellow of the Graduate School at UC and an active member of the UC chapter of Sigma Xi.

Meyer was elected Fellow the Paleontological Society in 2013. This international scientific organization is dedicated to paleontology and Fellows are elected for having made “significant contributions to paleontology through research, teaching or service to the profession.”

Arnold Miller, PhD
Miller is a professor in the geology department within UC’s McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and is being recognized by AAAS for “outstanding achievements in scholarly publications on quantitative paleobiology, biodiversity and ecology, and for dedication as a science educator, editor of professional journals and as a conscientious administrator.”

Miller is an evolutionary paleobiologist and paleoecologist, with research and teaching interests in biodiversity throughout geological time and in the present day. His current projects include the investigation of geographic and environmental selectivity during global mass extinctions and major diversification events; assessment of anthropogenic impacts on shallow-water molluscan communities as recorded in skeletal accumulations; numerical modeling of time-averaged fossil assemblages; and assessments of the distributions of animals and plants along present and past environmental gradients. Miller has published four papers in the AAAS journal Science, and has been a prolific contributor to the signature journal in his field, Paleobiology, which he also co-edited from 1992 to 1995.

He has been awarded “Best Paper” from the Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, is a member of the Fellows of the Graduate School at UC, an organization he chaired from 2010 to 2012, and was elected Centennial Fellow of The Paleontological Society in 2007.

Miller, who came to UC in 1986 following receipt of his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago, has served in editorial roles for numerous geology and paleobiology journals and as member or chair of a number of related professional organizations. He was chair of the Organizing Committee for the Ninth North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC), which attracted more than 500 paleontologists from 26 countries to the UC campus in the summer of 2009.

Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD
Rothenberg, professor of pediatrics at UC’s College of Medicine and director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is being recognized by AAAS for “distinguished contributions to the field of allergy/immunology, particularly for advancing our scientific understanding of eosinophilic disorders, and pioneering pediatric research.” He is actively involved in managing a research program focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of allergic disorders.

At Cincinnati Children’s, he has helped build a top program in pediatric research, and his division is a leader in pediatric allergy and immunology. In addition, Rothenberg sees patients suffering from allergic and immunological diseases from around the world as part of the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders that he directs.

For his work, Rothenberg has been honored with: the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation Award for the best young investigator in the allergy field; the Young Investigator Award and the Scholar in Allergy Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; the Ohio Governor’s Recognition Award; the 2007 E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society of Pediatric Research; and an NIH MERIT Award in 2010 from the NIAID.

He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Society for Pediatric Research, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Rothenberg has published more than 250 articles on molecular mechanisms of allergic responses.