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AAAS Honors Six USF Faculty Members as 2017 Fellows

November 20, 2017

Prestigious honor recognizes researchers who lead their disciplines on a global scale

TAMPA, Fla. – Six USF professors whose research projects span biology, engineering, chemistry and economics have been selected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the organization announced Monday.

Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon the association's members by their peers and is considered one of the top honors in academic research. The USF professors join 396 academic researchers who have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

"We are immensely proud of these six professors, who are not only leaders and role models in their respective disciplines but across the USF System community," said Paul R. Sanberg, USF senior vice president for research, innovation and knowledge enterprise.

"To be recognized as an AAAS Fellow is a significant career achievement that honors the profound impact these individuals have in developing new knowledge and advancing the understanding of our world on every level, from the most basic organisms to complex human innovations."

The new class brings USF's total number of AAAS Fellows to 62. This year, USF again ranks fourth worldwide among individual institutions with the most new AAAS Fellows elected - tied with the University of Arizona, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Oregon, University of Southern California, and Florida State University. USF also tied with Florida State for the highest number of new AAAS Fellows among institutions in Florida.

The new AAAS Fellows from USF are:

Mya Breitbart

Mya Breitbart
Elected AAAS Fellow in the Biological Sciences Section
Citation: For pioneering research in the field of viral metagenomics, particularly for developing new virus detection methods and discovery of single-stranded DNA viruses in nature.

Mya Breitbart is a Professor of Biological Oceanography in the USF College of Marine Science, and a pioneering scientist in the field of viral metagenomics. She leads this rapidly growing field, publishing novel viral genomes from diverse hosts and environments. Her efforts have changed the way we view viruses and their impacts on our world, laying the groundwork for a whole new body of knowledge. She is recognized by colleagues as one of the top five microbial ecologists at her career level in the world. Breitbart's recent work has demonstrated the widespread occurrence of single-stranded DNA viruses in multiple ecosystems and diverse invertebrate hosts, leading her to develop novel methods for viral classification and produce a field guide of genomic characteristics for this previously overlooked viral group. Breitbart's research has direct societal impact, including the creation of the vector-enabled metagenomics technique for monitoring emerging viruses transmitted by insects and development of a novel viral bioindicator to evaluate and reduce disease risk from reclaimed water. Breitbart has been named a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and in 2013 she was selected by Popular Science as one of its "Brilliant Ten" young scientists. She has received $4.6 million in grants and published landmark papers in multiple fields. She has published 102 peer-reviewed articles, cited 11,731 times, with h-index of 50. Her findings continue to advance our understanding of ecology, evolution, and virology. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Florida Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego.

Clifford Henderson

Clifford L. Henderson
Elected AAAS Fellow in the Engineering Section
Citation: For distinguished research contributions to the fields of functional materials, microlithography and nanomanufacturing, and for leadership contributions to advance chemical and materials science and engineering.

Clifford Henderson is currently Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in the USF College of Engineering. His research broadly spans the intersection of chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, and nanotechnology. For more than 20 years, he and his research group have concentrated on developing advanced materials and material processing techniques that enable fabrication of micro- and nanostructured materials and devices. In particular, his group’s work in lithographic materials and processes has led to advancements in a number of aspects of nanomanufacturing that are utilized for the production of state-of-the-art semiconductors and integrated circuit devices. Henderson and his students have collaborated with and been funded by a wide array of industrial sponsors including Intel, Applied Materials, ETEC Systems, Lam Research, EKC Technologies, SEMATECH, and the Semiconductor Research Corporation. He was named an International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Fellow in 2010 and was the recipient of the Intel-STC Outstanding Lithography Researcher Award in 2012. Henderson and his research group strive to design, synthesize, understand and model functional polymers and organic materials to address a wide array of engineering challenges. Support for his research comes from a variety of national funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Henderson’s research has been recognized by various awards including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Henderson recently also served the country and his university and research peers as a Program Director and expert in the Functional Materials Program in the Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation Division of the National Science Foundation. He, his students and their collaborators have published more than 200 papers related to their research, and Henderson has given more than 300 seminars, presentations, and lectures around the world. He has served in a number of leadership roles in professional organizations including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and SPIE, and he has been recognized by a number of awards including the 2013 AIChE Herb Epstein Award and the 2015 AIChE Gary Leach Award. Henderson earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with Highest Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master's and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer E. Lewis
Elected AAAS Fellow in the Education Section
Citation: For two decades of excellence in chemical education research, scholarship and teaching coupled with outstanding leadership in education at the local, regional and national levels.

Jennifer Lewis is Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Chemistry, and Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching & Research in Undergraduate STEM Education in the USF College of Arts and Sciences. Her area of specialization within chemistry is educational research, especially current trends in the teaching and learning of chemistry at the undergraduate level. Her current research involves the assessment of student learning and attitudes, evaluation of student outcomes in biochemistry courses, and analysis of social networks among STEM faculty. Her research also focused on studying the adoption and implementation of national educational reform, and whether these curricular changes are associated with positive student outcomes, and her work in this area has been recognized by the Academic Competitiveness Council of the U.S. Department of Education. Lewis also studies at-risk populations and seeks to improve overall achievement for women and under-represented minorities in the sciences. She has received several major National Science Foundation DUE grants throughout her career, with awards totaling more than $6 million in the past 10 years. These grants are designed to help strengthen undergraduate education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in colleges and universities. Her awards include Fellow of the American Chemical Society, ACS Scholarship Award, Edward Mellon Lectureship in Chemical Education from Florida State University, and USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Her publications include a book and more than three dozen articles and book chapters. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from North Dakota State University, and her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Lynn Martin

Lynn B. Martin
Elected AAAS Fellow in the Biological Sciences Section
Citation: For distinguished contributions to the field of ecological physiology, particularly conceptual and methodological developments and discoveries in ecological immunology and organismal biology.

Lynn B. Martin is Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology in the USF College of Arts and Sciences. He is recognized as both a pioneer and world leader in the field of ecological immunology and disease ecology. His current research focuses on how some species expand their ranges by studying one of the most broadly distributed avian species: the house sparrow. Working with colleagues and scientists from around the world, Martin is working to characterize the endocrine and immune systems of native and introduced populations of the house sparrow, particularly in Kenya and Senegal. His work is helping to increase understanding of molecular epigenetic variation among individuals and populations. More recently, he has begun studying how stress affects dynamics of zoonotic diseases, such as West Nile virus, and how body size affects the architecture of mammalian species' immune systems. Among his awards, Martin has received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, the Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award from the American Ornithologists Union, the George A Bartholomew Young Investigator Award from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, the University of South Florida Outstanding Faculty Award, and Fulbright Specialist award. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, with an h-index of 40, and has received several National Science Foundation grants as PI or co-PI. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. He also completed post-doctoral training in Neuroscience at The Ohio State University.

Jason Rohr

Jason R. Rohr
Elected AAAS Fellow in the Biological Sciences Section
Citation: For distinguished contributions to fundamental, applied, disease, toxicological, and climate change ecology.

Jason Rohr is Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology. He also is affiliated with the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability and a courtesy faculty member of the USF Department of Global Health. Rohr uses transdisciplinary approaches to evaluate how infectious disease, pollution, and climate change affect humans and wildlife. Much of his wildlife research has focused on amphibians, whose populations are declining globally. Much of his human research has focused on reducing tropical diseases while enhancing food production. His goal is to understand and develop solutions to environmental problems. His work has been part of several major grants, most recently a $2.4 million National Institutes of Health grant and a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant. He serves on the National Climate Assessment panel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to identify national freshwater indicators of climate change, and his work has been featured in textbooks and national and international media. He has published more than 130 articles, with an h-index of 43. He earned his B.A. in Biology and B.A. in Environmental Studies, M.A. in Teaching, and Ph.D. in ecology from Binghamton University.

James Stock

James R. Stock
Elected AAAS Fellow in the Social, Economic and Political Sciences Section
Citation: For distinguished contributions to the advancement of the field of supply-chain management (SCM), particularly for the establishment of the sub-field of reverse logistics.

James R. Stock is Distinguished University Professor and Frank Harvey Endowed Professor of Marketing in the USF Muma College of Business. In 2016-17, he also served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. Stock is one of the world's leading authorities on reverse logistics and is considered to be a founder of that field. Reverse logistics is a sub-field of Supply Chain Management, and Stock's work over the past 40 years has made this field a major focus of research and scholarship around the world. He has authored more than 150 publications, books and college textbooks —with two more books scheduled for publication within the next three years. His textbooks have been published in several languages, including Chinese, Russian, Czech and Portuguese. He has received some of the field's top prizes, including two from SOLE—The International Society of Logistics: the Armitage Medal, recognizing individuals whose published books and technical papers have improved and increased the general body of knowledge of the science of logistics; and the Eccles Medal, recognizing outstanding achievements in logistics education. He also has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Reverse Logistics Association; Special Life Time Logistics Service Award from Yasar University and the IX International Logistics and Supply Chain Congress, Izmir, Turkey; and Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, among others. He earned his B.S. and MBA from the University of Miami, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.