Three Duke Researchers Named AAAS Fellows

Honor recognizes scientifically and socially distinguished research

Duke faculty honored this year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Jane Pendergast, John Rawls and Joe Brice Weinberg.
Duke faculty honored this year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Jane Pendergast, John Rawls and Joe Brice Weinberg.

Three members of the Duke University faculty have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

They are among 391 new fellows this year and are being recognized for their efforts toward advancing scientifically or socially distinguished science. They are:

Jane F. Pendergast, Ph.D., a professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics in the Duke Medical School, has been recognized in the AAAS section on statistics for advancing statistics within public health and for her “skilled, creative and dedicated service to the profession, including effectively advocating for improved recognition of AAAS Sections.” At Duke, she works with researchers in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Duke Center on Aging, and teaches in the Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Department’s graduate program.

John F. Rawls, Ph.D., an associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in the Medical School is being recognized in the AAAS section on Biological Sciences for his “distinguished contributions to the field of symbiosis, particularly using zebrafish as a gnotobiotic host model to identify mechanisms underlying host-microbiota interactions in the intestine.” His research is focused on host-microbe interactions in the gut that regulate immunity, digestion and energy balance.

Joe Brice Weinberg M.D. is a professor of medicine and immunology and associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology. He is being recognized by the AAAS section on Medical Sciences for his distinguished contributions to the fields of immunology and hematology/oncology, “particularly for establishing the role of nitric oxide in inflammation, infectious disease, and leukemogenesis.” In addition to his research on leukemia, malaria and arthritis, Weinberg is a staff physician in hematology-oncology at the Durham V.A. Medical Center.

The new fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold-and-blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the AAAS Fellows Forum, a part of  the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.