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Two From Rensselaer Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Two From Rensselaer Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

By Mary L. Martialay

November 27, 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named two Rensselaer researchers AAAS Fellows for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished. Rensselaer professors George Makhatadze and Vincent Meunier are among 443 members chosen as 2019 AAAS Fellows.

Makhatadze, associate head and professor of biological sciences and a member of the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, was cited for seminal contributions to the understanding of protein thermodynamics, including temperature, pressure, and electrostatics; and the applications of this insight in biotechnology, biopharmaceutics, and diagnostics.

Meunier, head and professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy, was cited for distinguished contributions advancing the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology through application of innovative theory and advanced computation.

New Fellows will be formally recognized on February 15, 2020, during the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.


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