University of Oregon biologist Bowerman is a 2012 AAAS Fellow

EUGENE, Ore. -- (Nov. 29, 2012) -- Bruce A. Bowerman, professor of biology at the University of Oregon, is among 702 scientists elected by their peers as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2012.

New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold-and-blue rosette pin (representing science and engineering, respectively) on Saturday, Feb. 16, during the AAAS Fellows Forum at the association's 2013 annual meeting in Boston. They will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Friday, Nov. 30.

"It is a tremendous honor to be elected by your peers from such a highly regarded professional organization, and this selection of Bruce Bowerman speaks well for the quality of his work at the University of Oregon," said Kimberly Andrews Espy, UO vice president for research and innovation, and dean of the graduate school. "His research on the genetics of early cellular development is recognized around the world."

Bowerman joined the UO faculty in 1992 in the Department of Biology, which he now heads. He served as director of the Institute of Molecular Biology from 2005 to 2011. His lab uses genetics, molecular biology and microscopy to study cytoskeletal regulation and function in the early development of the roundworm (Caenorhabditis elegans) embryo. He was selected, according the AAAS announcement, for his "pioneering contributions in C. elegans developmental genetics, including studies on the mechanisms of Wnt signaling, asymmetric cell division, meiosis and cytokinesis."

Bowerman earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1981 from Kansas State University and a doctorate in 1989, also in biochemistry, from the University of California, San Francisco. He came to the UO after serving three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. 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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