AAAS honours McGill duo

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

C.J. Li and Nahum Sonenberg have both been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a 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 Saturday, Feb. 16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.

Li, the Canada Research Chair in Green/Organic Chemistry was honoured “for distinguished contributions to the field of green chemistry, particularly for developing green chemistry for organic syntheses.”

Sonenberg, the James McGill Professor in the Dept. of Biochemistry, was cited for “major contributions in the field of protein synthesis, identifying components of the translation pathway and elucidating their mechanisms of action.”

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

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