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AAAS Fellows elected

James E. Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Four University of Illinois researchers – Paul D. Coleman, Richard I. Gumport, Jean-Pierre Leburton and Bruce R. Schatz – are among 288 scientists elected as 2001 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Fellowship recognizes "efforts toward advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished," according to the association. With more than 138,000 members, the AAAS is the world’s largest general science organization. Founded in 1848, it publishes the journal Science and has been naming fellows since 1874.

Coleman, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, was chosen for fundamental studies in the generation and detection of far-infrared radiation and for first studies of the magnetic wiggler, carbon-monoxide chemical laser, metal-oxide-metal detector, and coherent Cerenkov radiation with a cone coupler.

Gumport, professor and associate head of biochemistry and professor of basic medical sciences in the UI College of Medicine, was selected for distinguished contributions to the understanding of nucleic acid enzymology and to the teaching of biochemistry.

Leburton, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recognized for contributions to the field of electronic nano-structures and the first self-consistent simulation of quantum dots, including boundary fluctuations.

Schatz, a professor of library and information science, was honored for work on supercomputing for information retrieval, particularly semantic analysis of scientific terminology, and for developing the Telesophy system, which inspired Mosaic software.

The new fellows, elected in late September, will be recognized Feb. 16, 2002, at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.