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KNOXVILLE — For the second year in a row, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has more new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) than any other university in the South.

AAAS has named 11 UT Knoxville faculty members to the 2010 class of fellows. Ten of the new fellows hail from the College of Arts and Sciences and one from the College of Engineering.

In addition to once again besting all other regional universities, UT Knoxville has the second most new AAAS Fellows nationally, tied with Cornell University. Ohio State has the most new fellows with 17.

“These new fellows exemplify our campus’ leadership in research, science and engineering,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Their bodies of work and leadership in their respective fields have placed them among the nation’s best, and we’re proud of their accomplishments.”

AAAS is one of the largest scientific organizations in the world, serving more than 200 individual science societies with more than 10 million members. It also publishes the prestigious journal Science.

Fellows must be nominated to membership either by three current fellows, the CEO of AAAS, or by the leaders of their specific section of AAAS. Nominations are subject to approval by the AAAS Council. The first class of fellows was named in 1874.

The appointment of 11 new AAAS Fellows gives UT Knoxville a total of 28.

The newly honored fellows, and the citations on their awards, are:

Robert Norman Compton, professor of chemistry: For distinguished contributions to the understanding of negative ions and nonlinear laser spectroscopy.

Elbio R. Dagotto, distinguished professor of physics: For distinguished contributions to the field of theoretical and computational condensed matter physics.

– Narendra B. Dahotre, professor of materials science and engineering: For outstanding contributions to research and development and teaching of science and technology of laser materials processing and surface engineering.

Carol P. Harden, professor of geography: For distinguished contributions to geographic understanding of land-use change and watershed processes, and as vice president and president of the Association of American Geographers.

Suzanne Lenhart, professor of mathematics: For distinguished contributions to the field of optimal control and modeling of biological and physical applications and to education, service and outreach activities.

– Brent S. Mallinckrodt, professor of psychology: For distinguished contribution to the field of psychotherapy research and health psychology and as editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Gary Frederick McCracken, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology: For distinguished contributions to the fields of population biology, ecology and conservation biology with regard to the knowledge of bats.

Witold Nazarewicz, professor of physics: For distinguished contributions to the field of theoretical nuclear structure.

Cynthia B. Peterson, professor and department head, biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology: For promoting biophysical approaches to study the physiology of coagulation and fibrinolysis and for advancing interdisciplinary education at the interface of computational and biological sciences.

– Michael J. Sepaniak, professor of chemistry: For the advancement of the fundamental understanding and the practical implementation of diverse methods of microchemical analysis.

Lawrence A. Taylor, professor of earth and planetary sciences: For distinguished contributions to the field of planetary geochemistry.

C O N T A C T :

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