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Four USC Professors Elected as AAAS Fellows

Four USC Professors Elected as AAAS Fellows
From left, Donal Manahan, Mathew McCubbins, Anthony Michaels and Alan Willner

Four USC professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), recognizing their contributions to science and technology.

AAAS – known colloquially as “Triple A-S” – is an international professional association for scientists. It is perhaps best known to the public for publishing the journal Science, which has an estimated total readership of 1 million people, according to the AAAS website. The new inductees’ names will be announced in Science on Dec. 23.

Faculty from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the USC Marshall School of Business and the USC Gould School of Law were among this year’s 539 inductees: Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife; Mathew D. McCubbins, provost professor of business, law and political economy with appointments at USC Marshall, USC Gould and USC Dornsife’s Department of Political Science; Anthony F. Michaels, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife; and Alan Willner, holder of the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at USC Viterbi.

Manahan, who also serves as vice dean of students for USC Dornsife, already has been honored with the naming of Manahan Peak in Antarctica in recognition of his research there. He was selected as an AAAS fellow for his “distinguished contributions in research and teaching in larval physiology and polar biology, and administrative service to the National Research Council and his home university,” according to the award committee.

Michaels is co-founder and managing director of Proteus Environmental Technologies, which promotes environmental research and the commercialization of sustainability technologies. He was selected for “distinguished and visionary contributions to biological oceanography, science administration and the application of environmental science accomplishments in the business world.”

McCubbins holds joint appointments at USC Marshall, USC Gould and USC Dornsife, as well as courtesy appointments at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He was selected “for distinguished contributions in the study of political science, legislative organization and behavior, bureaucratic accountability and the positive political theory of law.”

Willner, associate director for the Center for Photonics Technology and a member of the Defense Sciences Research Council, has served on scientific advisory boards for several small companies and founded Phaethon Communications, which was acquired by the Canadian telecom company TeraXion in 2002. He was selected for “key contributions to the development of fiber optics communications technology and techniques enabling major improvements in the performance of wavelength division multiplexed systems.”

The new fellows will be presented with a certificate and a blue and gold (symbolizing science and engineering) rosette pin at the AAAS’ annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada in February.

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