A handful of UNC scientists have been honored with election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science — an award that came as a genuine surprise to most of them.
"I really don't even know the process. I was just asked to be nominated, and I said, 'Sure.' I know there must be a committee that decides this, but I don't really know the process," said T. Kendall Harden, professor emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology, who was one of the faculty members to be honored.
Harden said he had no real indication that he would ever become a fellow.
Six UNC faculty members were elected to the association, the world's largest general scientific society, at the end of November. They are among 401 new fellows from around the country, all of whom have been recognized by their peers for making major contributions to the study and application of science in their careers.
Nancy Allbritton, Rosann Farber, Dale Hutchinson, Karen Mohlke and Nancy Thompson were also recognized from UNC. They will join 65 other UNC faculty members who are currently AAAS fellows.