AAAS Awards, Prizes and Fellows

In 2012, AAAS honored the achievements of extraordinary
scientists, engineers, educators and journalists.

Anita K. Jones

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The Philip Hauge Abelson Prize, established in 1985, is awarded either to a public servant, in recognition of sustained exceptional contributions to advancing science, or to a scientist whose career has been distinguished both for scientific achievement and for other notable services to the scientific community.

Anita K. Jones was selected on the basis of her outstanding scientific-technical achievements; her contributions as a mentor, inspiration, and role model for other scientists and engineers; and her lifetime of exemplary public service to government, professional institutions, academia, and industry.

Nancy B. Jackson

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Established in 2012, the AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy recognizes an individual or a limited number of individuals working together in the scientific and engineering or foreign affairs communities making an outstanding contribution to furthering science diplomacy.

Nancy B. Jackson was recognized for her ongoing commitment to international science cooperation to prevent the theft and diversion of chemicals through the establishment of the Chemical Security Engagement Program, and for developing, nurturing, and advancing careers of scientists worldwide, with a special emphasis on women scientists in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa

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The AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, established in 1980, honors scientists, engineers, and their organizations whose exemplary actions, sometimes taken at significant personal cost, have served to foster scientific freedom and responsibility.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa was honored for his contribution to society by his remarkable stewardship of an independent investigation into the causes of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.

Baratunde Cola

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The AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, established in 2010 through the generosity of several AAAS donors, recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities.

Baratunde Cola was honored for his commitment to an exceptional research career while sharing his passion for science by engaging in creative outreach with teachers and students in underrepresented communities.

Richard B. Alley

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The AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science, formerly the Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, was established in 1987 and recognizes working scientists and engineers who make outstanding contributions to the “popularization of science.”

Richard B. Alley was recognized for his decades-long, broadbased and exceptionally effective efforts communicating the best of climate science to excite the interest of the general public and policymakers.

Cato Thomas Laurencin

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The AAAS Mentor Award, established in 1996, honors AAAS members who have mentored signifi cant numbers of students from underrepresented groups or who have changed the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies in the sciences. This award is directed toward individuals in the early- or mid-career stage who have mentored students for less than 25 years.

Cato Thomas Laurencin was recognized for his transformative impact and scientific contributions toward mentoring students in the field of biomedical engineering.

Alice M. Agogino

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The AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, established in 1991, honors AAAS members who have mentored significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups or who have changed the climate of a department, college, institution or field to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies in the sciences. This award is directed toward individuals with more than 25 years of success in mentoring

Alice M. Agogino was honored for her efforts to significantly increase the number of women and African- and Hispanic-American doctorates in engineering.

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Supported by The Fodor Family Trust
The Association’s oldest award, the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize was established in 1923 with funds donated by Newcomb Cleveland of New York City. Now supported by The Fodor Family Trust, the Prize acknowledges an outstanding paper published in the Articles, Research Articles, or Reports sections of Science.

Vincent Mourik, Kun Zuo, Sergey M. Frolov, Sébastien R. Plissard, Erik P. A. M. Bakkers, and Leo P. Kouwenhoven were recognized for the report “Signatures of Majorana Fermions in Hybrid Superconductor-Semiconductor Nanowire Devices” published in Science 25 May 2012, pp. 1003-1007.


The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books, established in 2005, celebrate outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.

Children’s Science Picture Book

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Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas
Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
(Blue Sky Press)

Middle Grades Science Book

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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
Sy Montgomery
(Houghton Mifflin)

Young Adult Science Book

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The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and
the Fight to Save a Species

Terrie M. Williams
(Penguin Press)

Hands-On Science Book

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Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery From Your
Own Backyard

Loree Griffin Burns
(Henry Holt)


These awards, endowed by Fred Kavli and The Kavli Foundation, recognize excellence in reporting for a general audience and honor individual reporters for their coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics.


LARGE NEWSPAPER (Circulation of 100,000 or More)

Carl Zimmer
The New York Times


Michelle Nijhuis
Smithsonian magazine



Sheraz Sadiq
KQED QUEST (San Francisco)

IN-DEPTH REPORTING (More Than 20 Minutes)

Sarah Holt and Laurie Donnelly


Bari Scott, Alex Chadwick, Mary Beth Kirchner, Robert Rand, Robin Wise
SoundVision Productions for American Public Media


Lynda V. Mapes, Steve Ringman, Genevieve Alvarez
The Seattle Times

Children’s Science News

Kirsten Weir
Current Health Kids

AAAS Fellows

AAAS Fellows are elected annually by the AAAS Council for meritorious efforts
to advance science or its applications. Fellows have made significant contributions in areas such as research, teaching, technology, services to professional societies, and the communication of science to the public.

Agriculture, Food & Renewable Resources

James R. Alfano
Nilsa A. Bosque-Pérez
Richard M. Bostock
Edward S. Buckler
Yves Carrière
Mary Erin Delany
Kellye A. Eversole
Mark Lawrence Failla
John James Finer
Avtar Krishan Handa
Maria J. Harrison
James W. Jones
Karen E. Koch
Weiping Liu
Cathie Martin
William B. McGill
Ravi Naidu
Kerry O’Donnell
Melvin J. Oliver
N. LeRoy Poff
Sanjaya Rajaram
Matthew Brian Thomas
Michael Karl Udvardi
Jonathan D. Walton
Guoyao Wu
Kun Yan Zhu


Arlen Frank Chase
Mark V. Flinn
Mary Anne Katzenberg
Joanna E. Lambert
Patricia Lambert
Lisa J. Lucero
Lorena Madrigal
Herbert D.G. Maschner
Elizabeth Jean Reitz
Katerina Semendeferi
Jan F. Simek
Peter Stuart Ungar


Lynn R. Cominsky
Eli Dwek
Bruce G. Elmegreen
Neal J. Evans II
Neil Gehrels
Sun Kwok
Angela V. Olinto
Richard William Pogge
Nathan A. Schwadron
Keivan Guadalupe Stassun
Michiel van der Klis
G. Mark Voit
Arthur M. Wolfe

Atmospheric & Hydrospheric Sciences

Thomas Stephen Bianchi
Anny Cazenave
Harindra Joseph Shermal
Susan Joy Hassol
Brian John Hoskins
Robert A. Houze, Jr.
Andrew John Weaver

Biological Sciences

Soman Ninan Abraham
Anurag Agrawal
Paul G. Ahlquist
Susan C. Alberts
Stephen Alexander
Edith Bach Allen
Christopher I. Amos
Gynheung An
Norman Arnheim
Alexander V. Badyaev
Diane L. Barber
James C.A. Bardwell
Susan Schloemer Bell
Shelley L. Berger
Albert H. Beth
James D. Bever
John M. Blair
Bruce Blumberg
Susan Bonner-Weir
Bruce A. Bowerman
Susan H. Brawley
Charles Brenner
Michael R. Brent
Edmund D. Brodie III
Yves V. Brun
Thomas P. Brutnell
Breck Edward Byers
Rafael Daniel Camerini-Otero
Jane M. Carlton
Nicholas C. Carpita
Daniel D. Carson
Charles Williams Carter, Jr.
Patrick J. Casey
Susan E. Celniker
Roger Chalkley
Jianzhu Chen
Zhijian ‘James’ Chen
Chi-Hing Christina Cheng
Xiaodong Cheng
Sallie Watson Chisholm
Ken W.Y. Cho
Vitaly Citovsky
Nancy Hall Colburn
Luca Comai
Roger D. Cone
Lynn Cooley
Thomas L. Daniel
Priya Davidar
Roger J. Davis
Trisha Nell Davis
Troy Day
Dennis R. Dean
Donald Harry Dean
Gregory E. Demas
Xing Wang Deng
Sharon Y.R. Dent
Robert J. Deschenes
Lakshmi A. Devi
Daryll B. DeWald
Biao Ding
Andrew Dobson
Jerry B. Dodgson
Kathleen Donohue
Lisa Alayne Donovan
Monica Driscoll
Crislyn D’Souza-Schorey
Robert Joseph Duronio
Walter Francis Eanes
Joseph R. Ecker
Bruce A. Edgar
Brian Joseph Enquist
William Fredric Fagan
Jeffrey L. Feder
Xin-Hua Feng
Bruce A. Freeman
William C. (Clay) Fuqua
David M. Gardiner
James Roy Garey
Rachelle Gaudet
Jonathan Gershenzon
Harold Lisle Gibbs
George W. Gilchrist
Lev R. Ginzburg
Patricia M. Glibert
Gary R. Graves
Beverley R. Green
Arno L. Greenleaf
Elizabeth A. Grimm
Deborah L. Gumucio
Barry Halliwell
Jeffrey Wade Harper
Reid N. Harris
Ulrike A. Heberlein
Steven Henikoff
Chien Ho
Mark W. Hochstrasser
Kay E. Holekamp
David Houle
Xin-Yun Huang
Peter J. Hudson
Michael Ibba
Mark A. Israel
Georg Jander
Alan M. Jones
Lynn Burgess Jorde
Leemor Joshua-Tor
Valerian E. Kagan
Patrick J. Keeling
Douglas Bruce Kell
Darlene R. Ketten
Aaron A. King
Daniel F. Klessig
Rob Knight
Anthony A. Kossiakoff
Elena M. Kramer
Michael Steven Krangel
Kenneth N. Kreuzer
Robert M. Krug
Julia Kubanek
Ratnesh Lal
Charles Lee
Wen-Hwa Lee
Jianming Li
Joyce E. Longcore
Gary M. Lovett
Susan T. Lovett
Sheng Luan
Hartmut Luecke
Kunxin Luo
Svetlana Lutsenko
Nancy R. Manley
Ann G. Matthysse
Earl D. McCoy
Anthony David McGuire
Hassane S. Mchaourab
Blake C. Meyers
Jeffery F. Miller
Richard A. Miller
Harry Lee Thompson
Allen J. Moore
John V. Moran
Donald L. Mykles
Mitzi Nagarkatti
Donald Owen Natvig
Jeanne M. Nerbonne
Marcia E. Newcomer
Stuart J. Newfeld
Joseph P. Noel
Santa Jeremy Ono
Elaine A. Ostrander
Duojia (DJ) Pan
Thomas A. Peterson
George N. Phillips, Jr.
Eric M. Phizicky
Eran Pichersky
Jennifer A. Pietenpol
William Plunkett
Richard S. Pollenz
Alvaro Puga
Jun Qin
Shahin Rafii
Francesco Ramirez
D. C. Rao
Mrinalini Chatta Rao
Carlene Allen Raper
Andrew Fraser Read
Michael Aaron Resnick
Nour-Eddine Rhaleb
Markus Walter Ribbe
Laura Jeanne Robles
Mark Gregory Robson
Raymond L. Rodriguez
G. David Roodman
Locke Rowe
Rosa M. Ruiz-Vázquez
Ann Kiku Sakai
Gary S. Sayler
Thomas Friedrich Schilling
Wolfgang Schmidt
Danny J. Schnell
Jeffrey S. Schorey
Maria Schumacher
Lance C. Seefeldt
Elba E. Serrano
Yun-Bo Shi
Laurel Owen Sillerud
Jane Silverthorne
Michael Kirtland Skinner
Barry Paul Sleckman
L. Dennis Smith
Nahum Sonenberg
Stacia A. Sower
Raymond John St. Leger
John A. Stamatoyannopoulos
Rolf Sternglanz
Peter Stiling
Fengzhu Sun
Xiao-Hong Sun
Yi Sun
Joel L. Sussman
William P. Tansey
Ronald K. Taylor
Keiko U. Torii
Richard Henry Treisman
Ronald W. Trewyn
Raphael H. Valdivia
Eberhard O. Voit
Diane K. Wagener
Geoffrey O. Wasteneys
Ruth Welti
Bruce J. West
Theodore C. White
Bridget S. Wilson
George B. Witman
Christopher V.E. Wright
Robin Lynn Wright
Hao Wu
Anthony J. Wynshaw-Boris
Rui-Ming Xu
Wei Yang
Elton T. Young
Hongtao Yu
Shuqun Zhang
Yi Zhang
Keji Zhao
Ming-Ming Zhou
S. Lawrence Zipursky


Mahdi M. Abu-Omar
Millard H. Alexander
Heather Cecile Allen
Bruce S. Ault
Zhenan Bao
Phil S. Baran
Ilan Benjamin
Eric Block
Andrew S. Borovik
R. David Britt
Stephanie L. Brock
Barbara M. Brodsky
Michael F. Brown
Allison A. Campbell
Richard M. Caprioli
Eugene Y. – X. Chen
Lin X. Chen
Sue B. Clark
Alvin L. Crumbliss
Ken Czerwinski
Huw M.L. Davies
Vincent Jo Davisson
Norman J. Dovichi
Prabir K. Dutta
Andrew D. Ellington
C. Michael Elliott
Jeffrey D. Esko
Pingyun Feng
Robert A. Flowers II
Michel R. Gagné
Feng Gai
Nicholas E. Geacintov
Franz M. Geiger
Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague
Jason E. Gestwicki
David Peter Giedroc
David S. Ginger, Jr.
Theodore Goodson III
Howard Lewis Hall
D. Michael Heinekey
Herbert Henderson Hill, Jr.
So Hirata
Ralf-Ingo Kaiser
Mercouri G. Kanatzidis
Kattesh V. Katti
Sarah L. Keller
Marisa C. Kozlowski
N. Rama Krishna
Anna I. Krylov
Krishna Kumar
Sarah Cosgrove Larsen
Charles Y-C Lee
Chao-Jun Li
Jing Li
R. Daniel Little
Jie Liu
Janis Louie
Leonard Richard
Richard Kenneth Marcus
Jennifer S. Martinez
Jimmy W. Mays
Ursula Mazur
Kenneth L. Nash
Mary P. Neu
Shuming Nie
Susan V. Olesik
Dennis G. Peters
Arthur J. Ragauskas
Douglas Ray
Hanna Reisler
Tomislav Rovis
John M. Schwab
Sean Campbell Smith
Mohan Srinivasarao
Arthur G. Suits
Basil I. Swanson
Kenneth J. Takeuchi
Mark Edward Thompson
Frantisek Turecek
Charles G. Wade
Jin Wang
Peng George Wang
Qian Wang
Arieh Warshel
Kevin M. Weeks
Gregory Alan Weiss
Christopher J. Welch
Carter T. White
Olaf Wiest
Evan R. Williams
Angela K. Wilson
John P. Wolfe
Stanislaus S. Wong
William Hamilton Woodruff
Jin-Quan Yu

Dentistry & Oral Health Sciences

Pamela K. Den Besten
David H. Kohn
Jacques E. Nör
No-Hee Park


A. Malcolm Campbell
Arthur J. Lidsky
Karen D. Liller
Elizabeth Ann Nalley
George D. Nelson
Dennis Lee Schatz
Ethel D. Stanley
Martin Storksdieck
Marshall D. Sundberg
Gabriela C. Weaver
Mark Allen Weiss


Ilhan A. Aksay
Paschalis Alexandridis
Luís A. Nunes Amaral
Michael D. Amiridis
Dionissios (Dennis) N.
Kyriacos A. Athanasiou
Amit Bandyopadhyay
Kent D. Choquette
Louis C. Chow
Panagiotis D. Christofides
Alan W. Cramb
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis
John G. Ekerdt
David P. Fyhrie
Mohamed Gad-el-Hak
Andrés José García
Emmanuel E. Gdoutos
Peyman Givi
Robert Goldstein
Mark A. Handschy
Mark F. Horstemeyer
Jacob N. Israelachvili
Yogesh Jaluria
Suhada Jayasuriya
Brian A. Korgel
Thomas F. Kuech
Soundar Kumara
Chung K. (Ed) Law
Alberto Leon-Garcia
Daniel A. Lidar
Zongli Lin
Azad M. Madni
Andreas Mandelis
Samir Mitragotri
Andreas F. Molisch
H. Keith Moo-Young
Ranga Narayanan
Arye Nehorai
James C. Newman, Jr.
Ellen Ochoa
Tatsuki Ohji
Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos
Doug D. Perovic
Zhihua Qu
Rodney S. Ruoff
Maria M. Santore
Christine E. Schmidt
John M. Torkelson
Rama Venkatasubramanian
Darsh T. Wasan
Ralph E. White
David B. Williams
Rama Krishna Yedavalli
Yuntian T. Zhu

General Interest In Science & Engineering

Andy Boyles
Cornelia Dean
Peter Faletra
Mandana Sassanfar
Patricia L. Ward
Stephen Jay Warshaw

Geology & Geography

Douglas West Burbank
Eugene Walter Domack
Steven George Driese
R. Lawrence Edwards
Gregory M. Erickson
Marilyn Louise Fogel
Thomas Hillman Jordan
Louise H. Kellogg
David L. Kohlstedt
David W. Lea
Isabel Patricia Montañez
Daniel P. Schrag
Jeffrey Peck Severinghaus
Donald I. Siegel
Howard J. Spero
Sally Walker
Thomas Robert Watters
Cathy Lynn Whitlock
Karl S. Zimmerer

History & Philosophy of Science

Michael R. Dietrich
Paul E. Griffiths
Frederick Grinnell
Margaret W. Rossiter

Industrial Science & Technology

William S. Marras
Michael Nastasi
John M. Newsam

Information Computing & Communication

Miklós Ajtai
Prabir Bhattacharya
Azzedine Boukerche
Justine Cassell
Amr El Abbadi
Joan Feigenbaum
Paul F. Fischer
Lawrence O’Higgins Hall
Raj Jain
Lydia E. Kavraki
Benjamin Jack Kuipers
Michael J. Kurtz
Prasant Mohapatra
Manish Parashar
Nagarajan Ranganathan
Thomas C. Rindfleisch
Eunice E. Santos
Ali H. Sayed
Karen R. Sollins
Arun K. Somani
Aravind Srinivasan
Ashok N. Srivastava
George O. Strawn
Roberto Tamassia
Carol Tenopir
Kevin Lowell Thompson
Victor Vianu
Xindong Wu
Qiang Yang

Linguistics & Language Science

Sandra Chung


Susanne C. Brenner
Robert Calderbank
L. Pamela Cook-Ioannidis
Susan Friedlander
Carolyn Gordon
Deborah Frank Lockhart
Susan Montgomery

Medical Sciences

Edward A. Berger
Lars Berglund
Hal Edward Broxmeyer
Genhong Cheng
Linzhao Cheng
Robert James Coffey, Jr.
Marco Colombini
Alan D. D’Andrea
Eric Delpire
Sarah S. Donaldson
Ronald N. Germain
M. Eric Gershwin
Maura Lianne Gillison
Clifford Vincent Harding III
David G. Harrison
Hedvig Hricak
Holly A. Ingraham
Raghu Kalluri
Hagop M. Kantarjian
Stuart M. Levitz
A. Thomas Look
Kun Ping Lu
Ormond A. MacDougald
Richard Mayeux
Kohei Miyazono
Jan A. Nolta
John Joseph O’Shea, Jr.
David Pellman
Reed E. Pyeritz
Dan Mark Roden
Lawrence E. Samelson
Rozanne M. Sandri-Goldin
Mark S. Schlissel
Mary Sharon Stack
Lishan Su
Kenneth S.K. Tung
Jeffery Marvin Vance
Sten H. Vermund
J. Lindsay Whitton


Timothy J. Bartness
Joanne Berger-Sweeney
Cesario Venturina
Randy Lee Buckner
Vince D. Calhoun
Hollis Tremaine Cline
Jonathan D. Cohen
Neal J. Cohen
Peter Jeffrey Conn
Pietro De Camilli
Yadin Dudai
Robert Haas Edwards
Ronald B. Emeson
Howard Joshua Federoff
Joseph Robert Fetcho
Ron D. Frostig
Alison Mary Goate
James L. Goodson
Judy Illes
Julie A. Kauer
David Kleinfeld
Hiroaki Matsunami
David A. McCormick
Cynthia F. Moss
Elisabeth Adams Murray
Phillip G. Popovich
Alcino J. Silva
Nelson Spruston
Xiao-Jing Wang
Alan Geoffrey Watts

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Michael Aschner
Paula C. Bickford
Mark Cushman
Paul F. Hollenberg
Marilyn Emily Morris
John Michael Pezzuto
Rao S. Rapaka
David E. Smith
Anil Kumar Sood
Charles M. Thompson
Carston R. Wagner
Lynn Wecker


Andrew Robert Baden
Dimitri N. Basov
Michael J. Bedzyk
Nigel D. Browning
Patricia R. Burchat
Antonio Helio Castro-Neto
Paul M. Champion
Pengcheng Dai
Stefan Gottfried Frauendorf
Michael S. Fuhrer
Peter M. Garnavich
Paul M. Goldbart
Benjamin Grinstein
Kenneth Heller
Theodore A. Jacobson
Rongying Jin
James Kakalios
Christopher J. Keane
Ashutosh Kotwal
Wim Leemans
Shawn-Yu Lin
Andrea J. Liu
Mikhail D. Lukin
Aneesh Manohar
Christopher R. Monroe
Douglas Natelson
George S. Nolas
David D. Nolte
Eric B. Norman
Mark A. Novotny
Anthony Joseph Peurrung
Philip W. Phillips
Joseph G. Polchinski
Richard Henry Price
Federico Rosei
Randal C. Ruchti
Nitin Samarth
Kenneth J. Schafer
Surajit Sen
Ian Shipsey
Melvyn J. Shochet
Alexei P. Sokolov
Gene D. Sprouse
Samuel Ting
Renata M.M. Wentzcovitch
Ali Yazdani
Sherry J. Yennello
Anton Zeilinger
Xiaowei Zhuang


Nelson Cowan
Celia B. Fisher
Margaret Gatz
Peter Adrian Hancock
Todd F. Heatherton
Julia R. Heiman
Ned H. Kalin
Todd D. Little
Steven J. Luck
Laurence T. Maloney
Alex Martin
John J. McArdle
Joseph Lee Rodgers III
John M. Roll
Steven K. Shevell
Eliot R. Smith
Anthony D. Wagner
Timothy D. Wilson
Howard N. Zelaznik

Social, Economic & Political Sciences

Howard E. Aldrich
Nicole Woolsey Biggart
Herbert Gintis
Randy Hodson
Edward Paul Lazear
Deirdre McCloskey
Melvin L. Oliver
Zhenchao Qian
Alvin E. Roth
John Skvoretz
Richard Michael Suzman

Societal Impacts of Science & Engineering

Michael M. Crow
Kathy L. Hudson
Jacob E. Levin
Jane C. S. Long
Dietram A. Scheufele


Arlene S. Ash
Katherine Bennett Ensor
Marc G. Genton
Barry I. Graubard
Karen Kafadar
KyungMann Kim
Ira M. Longini, Jr.
David Madigan
Nitis Mukhopadhyay
Haikady N. Nagaraja
Allan R. Sampson
Nell Sedransk
Ajit C. Tamhane
Marina Vannucci
Naisyin Wang
Ronald L. Wasserstein
Russell D. Wolfinger
Weng Kee Wong