Two Tulane Faculty Women Named AAAS Fellows

October 28, 2005

Fran Simon
Phone: 504.858.3833

NEW ORLEANS Barbara Beckman and Laura Levy of Tulane University have been awarded the distinction of fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

As part of the Biological Sciences section, Beckman was elected as an AAAS fellow for her fundamental research on erythropoietin and its mechanism of action and for leadership in pharmacology education, and Levy was elected for her outstanding fundamental research in the study of feline leukemia virus.

"The research activities of my laboratory are focused on gaining a better understanding of how hematopoietic factors work at the biochemical and molecular level," says Beckman, professor of pharmacology who has a research interest in cancer. "In addition to their inherent biological relevance, the molecular mechanisms elucidated will have long-range implications for our understanding of alterations in signaltransduction events which result in the loss of differentiation and unregulated proliferation of cancer cells."

Levy, professor of microbiology and immunology and associate senior vice president for research at Tulane, has studied for the past 15 years pathogenic retroviruses, a group of RNA-containing viruses associated with degenerative and malignant diseases in humans and animals.

The research in her laboratory focuses on retroviruses that induce leukemia and lymphoma in susceptible animal hosts. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year, 376 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering) rosette pin on February 18 at the Fellows Forum during the 2006 AAAS Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Mo.

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