Five Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, including Penn State College of Medicine MD/PhD Program Co-Directors Dr. Robert Levenson and Dr. Leslie Parent.
Levenson is a distinguished professor of pharmacology and neural and behavioral sciences, and Parent is professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology and vice dean for research and graduate studies.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. This year, 396 Fellows were selected for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The Fellows will receive certificates and pins on Feb. 17, during the 2018 AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas.
Levenson was named for distinguished contributions in the area of signaling pathways, particularly with respect to dopamine and opioid receptor signaling, and in education administration.
Parent receives her award for distinguished contributions to the field of virology, particularly in the area of retrovirus replication and assembly.
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