CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2017 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Animal biology professor Carla E. Caceres and statistics professor Douglas G. Simpson are among 396 people to be awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year.
Caceres studies factors that promote and support biodiversity, including genetics, reproductive and feeding strategies, individual variation and the structure of ecological communities. According to a statement from AAAS, Caceres is recognized for her “contributions to our understanding of the role of parasites in defining plankton community structure.” Caceres directs the School of Integrative Biology at Illinois.
Simpson’s expertise is in applied and computational statistics, with a focus on bioinformatics and biostatistics. He uses statistics to support the study of complex systems and to advance medical imaging diagnostics and risk assessment. He is honored “for distinguished contributions to the field of robust statistics, emphasizing generalized regression modeling and functional data, and for translational innovations in risk analysis.” He heads his department.
Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. Fellows are chosen by their peers for their outstanding contributions to the field. The new Fellows will be honored at the 2018 AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas.