Five Duke professors named AAAS Fellows for 2021

Five members of the Duke faculty have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are part of the 564 new members elected for their efforts in favor of the advancement of science or its applications in the service of society.

“Becoming an AAAS Fellow is one of the most distinct honors within the scientific community, and the AAAS Board elects its Fellows deliberately and carefully to preserve the honor attached to this recognition,” said the AAAS in a statement.

Two weeks ago, the AAAS dropped plans to hold its February annual meeting in person in Philadelphia, but will attempt to arrange an in-person recognition of new scholars at a later date.

Duke’s new companions are:

Tai-ping Sun, Ph.D. – Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources

A professor of biology at Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Sun studies a key regulatory module that controls plant growth and development by incorporating environmental cues. She is cited for her “distinguished contributions to the field of plant biology and agriculture, in particular to the understanding of the GA-DELLA signaling pathway and its functional importance for plant growth”.

Lydia Olander, Ph.D. – Biological Sciences

Adjunct professor of environmental science and policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Olander directs the ecosystem services program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. She is cited for “Distinguished contributions in the field of ecosystem services, in particular for the development and promulgation of methods aimed at improving environmental sustainability”.

Paul Arthur Baker, Ph.D. – Geology and Geography

A professor of geochemistry at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Baker studies paleoclimate as a way to understand climate change on time scales ranging from decades to millions of years. He is cited for “Contributions to basic research on the geochemistry of marine carbonates, the history and dynamics of the South American summer monsoon system, and the geological record of biodiversification in tropical South America”.

Emily M. Klein, Ph.D. – Geology and Geography

A distinguished university professor and chair of earth and climate sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Klein studies the composition of basalts on the ocean floor. She is recognized for her “distinguished contributions to the understanding of oceanic lithosphere formation in the world’s oceans”.

Robert Bryant, Ph.D. – Mathematics

Phillip Griffiths Professor of Mathematics at Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Bryant studies differential equations derived from geometric problems. He also directs the Simons Collaboration on Special Holonomy in Geometry Analysis and Physics. He is recognized for his “distinguished contributions to differential geometry and their applications to physics, and for his extraordinary services to the profession of mathematics”.

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