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BBSRC chief executive elected to fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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29 November 2012

The BBSRC's chief executive has been awarded a Fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his leadership of the BBSRC and contributions to biology and biotechnology.

Professor Douglas Kell. Copyright: Tim Gander
Professor Douglas Kell. Copyright: Tim Gander

Professor Douglas Kell, based at The University of Manchester, is one of 702 new fellows to be elected by members of the AAAS for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its application.

In a career spanning more than 30 years Prof Kell has published hundreds of papers and has worked to develop and exploit many new analytical methods. He has also pioneered in areas of computational biology and experimental metabolomics and has been the BBSRC's chief executive since 2008.

He was nominated for "distinguished contributions to quantitative and systems biology and analytical biotechnology, and for service as CEO, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK."

He said: "I am delighted and honoured to be elected as a fellow of the AAAS, an organisation I hold in high regard.

"It is very satisfying to be recognised for both my research and in my role as chief executive of BBSRC by my peers. I would like to thank everyone who nominated and voted for me."

This year's AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science November 30.

The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publishes the journal Science. Founded in 1848 it includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science.

Members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association's 24 sections, or by three Fellows who are current AAAS members (as long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Each steering group reviews the nominations of individuals and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on nominations.

Also elected to a Fellowship is Professor Cathie Martin of the BBSRC-funded John Innes Centre in Norwich.

Prof Martin was nominated for "distinguished contributions to plant biology in the field of molecular genetics and to scientific discourse as Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell."

Prof Martin said: "Election to the AAAS Fellowship is a tremendous honour, awarded to relatively few non-US scientists. I believe the award affirms my activities as Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell."

She continued: "The Fellowship also endorses my efforts in fundamental research to use plant science to understand the nutritional benefits of plant-based foods and to apply this understanding to improve diets.'

The new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday February 16 during the AAAS's annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.


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