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Two Indiana University School of Medicine researchers honored as AAAS Fellows

INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indiana University School of Medicine faculty have received the distinction of being named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

They are Hal Edward Broxmeyer, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Mary Margaret Walther Professor Emeritus, and G. David Roodman, M.D., Ph.D., Kenneth Wiseman Professor of Medicine.

“There are few honors in the world of science as prestigious as being named a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science,” said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU. “The two IU School of Medicine faculty elected this year are not just influential in their respective fields but are esteemed by their colleagues at IU. I am honored to call Hal Broxmeyer and David Roodman colleagues and know that the medical school and our students have benefited from the contributions to our school and our world made by these outstanding scientists.”

Broxmeyer is the co-leader of the Program on Hematopoiesis, Microenvironment and Immunology at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. His recognition by the AAAS is “for distinguished contributions to hematopoietic stem cell biology, and cytokine and chemokine actions, and particularly for initiating and advancing the field of cord blood transplantation.”

Roodman is director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the IU Simon Cancer Center. His AAAS Fellow award is “for significant contributions to research and education in cancer and bone research, especially Paget’s disease.”

This is the second consecutive year that the AAAS has awarded the distinction to a record number of IU faculty members. This year, 12 faculty from the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences and the IU School of Medicine have been honored with the AAAS award. The announcement brings the total number of AAAS Fellows affiliated with IU to 81. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year, 702 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.