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Science  28 Nov 2014:
Vol. 346, Issue 6213, pp. 1069-1073
DOI: 10.1126/science.346.6213.1069

28 November 2014

Edited by Kathy Wren

As science grows in China, ethics education aims to keep up

Graduate students attend a public lecture on research ethics at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing.


A massive national effort in China to improve scientific integrity has brought the issue to the attention of a staggering number of researchers in that country: In less than 4 years, more than 8 million undergraduate and graduate students have listened to 20,000 lectures on the topic.

But experts at a recent meeting held at AAAS said that ethics education should start even earlier for Chinese and American researchers and that such education faces stiff challenges from a research environment that, in some instances, serves as a breeding ground for authorship disputes and misuse of data, among other problems.

With international scientific collaborations on the rise, the issue of integrity is increasingly important, the meeting's participants agreed. “The only way the scientific enterprise can contribute to worldwide problems is for…scientists to be willing, able, and enthusiastic about collaborating on a worldwide scale,” said AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner. “Central to any collaboration are issues like trust, shared values, norms, and standards that drive the practice.”

The China-U.S. Scientific Morality/Integrity Development Seminar was the fourth such meeting convened since the Scientists' Social and Ethical Responsibilities conference organized by the China Association for Science & Technology (CAST) and AAAS in 2007. Since then, CAST and AAAS have collaborated on several workshops on scientific integrity, and in 2010 established a joint steering committee to coordinate ethics work.

Total research funding for Chinese universities ballooned from US$7.6 billion in 2009 to US$12.7 billion in 2012, said Guangxian Li, the executive vice president of Sichuan University, who spoke at the 8 to 9 October seminar on behalf of Shen Yan, vice chairman of CAST and deputy director of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Research papers published by Chinese universities saw a 10% increase—to more than 1.1 million—during the same period.

The desire to achieve higher international standings has put enormous pressures on Chinese researchers to publish, said Li. The QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, for example, base 60 to 70% of their scores on research and citations.

But a national Chinese survey of more than 30,000 Chinese researchers found 51% of respondents admitted to frequently or occasionally improperly attributing sources, while 42% submitted manuscripts to multiple journals. Another survey of nearly 5500 graduate students from 24 universities, conducted a year later, revealed a similar trend.

An ambitious national campaign launched in 2011 by the Chinese Ministry of Education, Li said, is raising awareness of these issues. Six thousand graduate students from 60 universities have attended annual lectures on research ethics, held at the iconic Great Hall of the People, in Beijing. But education should start even earlier in a student's career, said Diange Yang, a professor in Tsinghua University's department of automotive engineering and deputy dean responsible for research work and international cooperation.

“Strengthening academic integrity education of graduate students…should be the responsibility of the whole society, and it should be done from childhood,” said Yang.

The United States is unlikely to hold national ethics lectures as has happened in China, but AAAS has joined the National Science Foundation and the Office of Research Integrity in conducting ethics education for scientists, said Mark S. Frankel, director of the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. By the end of the year, AAAS will post on its website seven case studies from a 2012 workshop that address issues of authorship, conflict of interest, collaboration, and plagiarism. And Frankel, Leshner, and Yang Wei, director of China's National Natural Science Foundation, are coauthors of a chapter on Chinese and American research integrity and ethics education that will be published in the “Handbook of Academic Integrity” in 2015.

Though essential, education in responsible research conduct is not enough, said Philip Langlais, professor of psychology and former vice provost of graduate studies and research at Old Dominion University. A 2006 survey he conducted with 222 faculty and 534 graduate students in the United States found that while up to 90% of faculty reported providing training in responsible research conduct, up to 35% of students claimed they received no training. Only 8% of students and faculty reported having discussed and reached consensus on topics such as authorship, ownership, and use of data.

“We've been targeting individuals, but not other layers of influence,” Langlais said. “Scientists who have received proper training in responsible conduct of research have violated best practices and principles of scientific integrity as a result of a ‘toxic’ research environment” of higher workloads, shifting university priorities, and increasing competition for funding.

In both China and the United States, “you can't change climate and culture overnight,” he said. “But, you can make small, incremental changes.”

AAAS members elected as Fellows

In October 2014, the AAAS Council elected 401 members as Fellows of AAAS. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum to be held on 14 February 2015 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California. Presented by section affiliation, they are:

Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources

Andrew F. Bent, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

Douglas R. Call, Washington State Univ.

Andrew D. Hanson, Univ. of Florida

Daniel A. Herms, Ohio State Univ.

Ann M. Hirsch, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Harold Corby Kistler, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Ian H. Mather, Univ. of Maryland

Bruce A. McPheron, Ohio State Univ.

Charles Michael Smith, Kansas State Univ.

Christopher K. Tuggle, Iowa State Univ.

Diane E. Ullman, Univ. of California, Davis

Esther van der Knaap, Ohio State Univ.

Section on Anthropology

David G. Anderson, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Robert L. Anemone, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro

Robert G. Franciscus, Univ. of Iowa

Dale L. Hutchinson, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bertis Britt Little, Tarleton State Univ.

Dwight W. Read, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Daniel H. Sandweiss, Univ. of Maine

Pauline W. Wiessner, Univ. of Utah

Section on Astronomy

Tom Abel, Stanford Univ./Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Andreas J. Albrecht, Univ. of California, Davis

Stanislav George Djorgovski, California Institute of Technology

Martin S. Elvis, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Paul G. Kalas, Univ. of California, Berkeley/SETI Institute

Margaret Meixner, Space Telescope Science Institute/Johns Hopkins Univ.

Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences

William D. Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Univ. of California, Berkeley

Kelvin K. Droegemeier, Univ. of Oklahoma

Willard S. Moore, Univ. of South Carolina

Drew T. Shindell, Duke Univ.

Frank J. Wentz, Remote Sensing Systems

Diane E. Wickland, NASA

Section on Biological Sciences

Alan A. Aderem, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute

Russ B. Altman, Stanford Univ.

Scott Allen Armstrong, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Bernard P. Arulanandam, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio

Alan D. Attie, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

David Mansfield Bader, Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine

Gregory F. Ball, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

Marisa Susan Bartolomei, Univ. of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Steven A. Benner, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution

Christoph Benning, Michigan State Univ.

Aviv Bergman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Jeffrey D. Blaustein, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst

Richard Merrill Breyer, Vanderbilt Univ.

Craig Eugene Cameron, Pennsylvania State Univ.

Lon R. Cardon, GlaxoSmithKline

Douglas R. Cavener, Pennsylvania State Univ.

Aravinda Chakravarti, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine

Cheng-Ming Chuong, Univ. of Southern California

Gino A. Cortopassi, Univ. of California, Davis

Robert J. Cousins, Univ. of Florida

Richard D. Cummings, Emory Univ. School of Medicine

Stephen P. Daiger, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Ann Dean, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH

Lynn Eleanor DeLisi, VA Boston Healthcare System/Harvard Medical School

Ronald A. DePinho, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Burton F. Dickey, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Valerian V. Dolja, Oregon State Univ.

David C. Dorman, North Carolina State Univ.

Gregory Roland Dressler, Univ. of Michigan

Daniela Drummond-Barbosa, Johns Hopkins Univ.

Josée Dupuis, Boston Univ. School of Public Health

Geoffrey M. Duyk, Texas Pacific Group (TPG)

Irene Anne Eckstrand, National Institute of General Medical Sciences/NIH

Sean R. Eddy, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Alan N. Engelman, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Peter J. Espenshade, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine

Rosann A. Farber, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Joanna Floros, Pennsylvania State Univ. College of Medicine

Jeffrey M. Friedman, Rockefeller Univ.

Haian Fu, Emory Univ. School of Medicine

David J. Garfinkel, Univ. of Georgia

Deborah E. Goldberg, Univ. of Michigan

Margaret A. Goodell, Baylor College of Medicine

Dan Graur, Univ. of Houston

Marilyn R. Gunner, City College of New York

Marnie E. Halpern, Carnegie Institution for Science

T. Kendall Harden, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A. Wallace Hayes, Harvard Univ.

Chuan He, Univ. of Chicago

John R. Hepler, Emory Univ. School of Medicine

Oliver Hobert, Columbia Univ. Medical Center

Stefan Hohmann, Univ. of Gothenburg (Sweden)

Richard L. Hoover, Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center

Ya-Ming Hou, Thomas Jefferson Univ.

Elizabeth Ehrhardt Howell, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Trey Ideker, Univ. of California, San Diego

W. Gray Jerome, Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine

Teh-hui Kao, Pennsylvania State Univ.

Jack H. Kaplan, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago

Paul Andrew Karplus, Oregon State Univ.

Tom Klaus William Kerppola, Univ. of Michigan

Shohei Koide, Univ. of Chicago

Stephen F. Konieczny, Purdue Univ.

Bruce R. Korf, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

Robert G. Kranz, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Lee Kroos, Michigan State Univ.

David Landsman, National Center for Biotechnology Information/NIH

David H. Ledbetter, Geisinger Health System

Brendan Lee, Baylor College of Medicine

Michael J. Leibowitz, Univ. of California, Davis

Norman G. Lewis, Washington State Univ.

Erwin London, Stony Brook Univ.

Manyuan Long, Univ. of Chicago

William L. Lowe Jr., Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine

Bruce J. MacFadden, Florida Museum of Natural History, Univ. of Florida

Nicholas Gordon Martin, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (Australia)

Andrea M. Mastro, Pennsylvania State Univ.

U. Thomas Meier, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Karen L. Mohlke, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Andrew W. Murray, Harvard Univ.

Jeffrey C. Murray, Univ. of Iowa/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

David L. Nelson, Baylor College of Medicine

Phillip Allan Newmark, Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ian C.T. Nisbet, I.C.T. Nisbet and Company (retired)

Michael J. Oglesbee, Ohio State Univ.

Mark D. Ohman, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/Univ. of California, San Diego

Ian Michael Orme, Colorado State Univ.

Mary Ann Ottinger, Univ. of Houston

Tao Pan, Univ. of Chicago

Patricia Ann Peyser, Univ. of Michigan School of Public Health

Sara C. Pryor, Cornell Univ.

B. Franklin Pugh, Pennsylvania State Univ.

Richard Anthony Rachubinski, Univ. of Alberta (Canada)

Danny F. Reinberg, New York Univ.

Daniel Martin Roberts, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Roy Martin (Marty) Roop II, East Carolina Univ. School of Medicine

Jocelyn Kenneth Campbell Rose, Cornell Univ.

Barry Philip Rosen, Florida International Univ. Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Stanley J. Roux, Univ. of Texas at Austin

Peter A. Rubenstein, Univ. of Iowa

Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Univ. of California, Irvine

Todd A. Schlenke, Reed College

Jon Seger, Univ. of Utah

K. Krishna Sharma, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia

Sanjay S. Shete, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Robert H. Singer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Michael Snyder, Stanford Univ.

Benjamin C. Stark, Illinois Institute of Technology

Rainer Storb, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

William S. Talbot, Stanford Univ.

Stephen E. Ullrich, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Karen M. Vasquez, Univ. of Texas at Austin

Leslie B. Vosshall, Rockefeller Univ.

Pamela J. Weathers, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Theodore G. Wensel, Baylor College of Medicine

Mark Winey, Univ. of Colorado Boulder

Edward W. Yu, Iowa State Univ.

Section on Chemistry

Nancy L. Allbritton, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jerry L. Atwood, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia

Bill J. Baker, Univ. of South Florida

Thomas Edwin Bitterwolf, Univ. of Idaho

Bruce S. Brunschwig, California Institute of Technology

Michelle V. Buchanan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Jef Karel De Brabander, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Henry C. Foley, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia

Heinz M. Frei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Michael T. Green, Pennsylvania State Univ.

Brian A. Gregg, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Patrick L. Holland, Yale Univ.

Timothy F. Jamison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David M. Jonas, Univ. of Colorado Boulder

Christopher W. Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology

Silvia Sabine Jurisson, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia

Christine Dolan Keating, Pennsylvania State Univ.

John Z. Larese, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Richard Alan LeSar, Iowa State Univ.

Arumugam Manthiram, Univ. of Texas at Austin

Thomas J. Meade, Northwestern Univ.

Deane Fremont Mosher Jr., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

Vincent T. Remcho, Oregon State Univ.

David Duncan Roberts, National Cancer Institute/NIH

Laurel L. Schafer, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)

Charles Albert Schmuttenmaer, Yale Univ.

Richard R. Schrock, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yang Shao-Horn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

C. David Sherrill, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mikiko Sodeoka, RIKEN (Japan)

Mark T. Spitler, U.S. Department of Energy

George G. Stanley, Louisiana State Univ.

Judith Stein, GE Global Research (Retired)

JoAnne Stubbe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lai-Xi Wang, Univ. of Maryland

Shi-Qing Wang, Univ. of Akron

Bert Weckhuysen, Utrecht Univ. (Netherlands)

David W. Wright, Vanderbilt Univ.

Jin Zhang, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine

Section on Dentistry and Oral Health Sciences

Matthew J. Doyle, The Procter & Gamble Company

Ophir David Klein, Univ. of California, San Francisco

Ann Progulske-Fox, Univ. of Florida

Section on Education

Cynthia Margaret Bauerle, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Bianca L. Bernstein, Arizona State Univ.

Elizabeth S. Boylan, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Elaine A. Johnson, Bio-Link/City College of San Francisco

David E. Lopatto, Grinnell College

Patricia A. Marsteller, Emory Univ.

David Hillyer Voorhees, Waubonsee Community College

Daniel A. Wubah, Washington and Lee Univ.

Section on Engineering

John S. Baras, Univ. of Maryland

Edward J. Berbari, Indiana Univ. Purdue Univ. Indianapolis

Roger T. Bonnecaze, Univ. of Texas at Austin

Lance R. Collins, Cornell Univ.

Placid M. Ferreira, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Shekhar Garde, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Brendan A. Harley, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gilbert V. Herrera, Sandia National Laboratories

Mark C. Hersam, Northwestern Univ.

Yun Hang Hu, Michigan Technological Univ.

David A. Kofke, Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY

K. Lu, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Joseph William Lyding, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Manos Mavrikakis, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

Karen Anne Moxon, Drexel Univ.

Debbie A. Niemeier, Univ. of California, Davis

Christopher Kemper Ober, Cornell Univ.

Vilupanur A. Ravi, Cal Poly Pomona

Clinton T. Rubin, Stony Brook Univ.

Ka-Yiu San, Rice Univ.

Wolfgang M. Sigmund, Univ. of Florida

Igal Szleifer, Northwestern Univ.

George Alexander Truskey, Duke Univ.

Marjolein Christine H. van der Meulen, Cornell Univ.

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia Univ.

Norman J. Wagner, Univ. of Delaware

Ge Wang, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Robert K. Whitman, Univ. of Denver

Jessica O. Winter, Ohio State Univ.

Mohammed A. Zikry, North Carolina State Univ.

Section on General Interest in Science and Engineering

John Katzenberger, Aspen Global Change Institute

Mary K. Miller, Exploratorium, San Francisco

Peter N. Spotts, The Christian Science Monitor

Section on Geology and Geography

Rodey Batiza, National Science Foundation

Hilary H. Birks, Univ. of Bergen (Norway)

Steven C. Cande, Univ. of California, San Diego

Kenneth H. Coale, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Thomas Cronin, U.S. Geological Survey

Rane L. Curl, Univ. of Michigan

Samantha B. Joye, Univ. of Georgia

Michael Keller, USDA Forest Service

Kenneth P. Kodama, Lehigh Univ.

Daniel A. Lashof, Natural Resources Defense Council

David López-Carr, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

Derek R. Lovley, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst

Melanie A. Mayes, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nora Noffke, Old Dominion Univ.

Harry H. Roberts, Louisiana State Univ.

George D. Stanley Jr., Univ. of Montana

Brian William Stump, Southern Methodist Univ.

Thomas William Swetnam, Univ. of Arizona

James W. C. White, Univ. of Colorado Boulder

Carol M. Wicks, Louisiana State Univ.

Section on History and Philosophy of Science

Cathryn Carson, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Robert J. Malone, History of Science Society/Univ. of Notre Dame

Joseph C. Pitt, Virginia Tech

C. Kenneth Waters, Univ. of Minnesota

Section on Industrial Science and Technology

Cammy R. Abernathy, Univ. of Florida

Liyuan Liang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

J. Stephen Rottler, Sandia National Laboratories

Justin Schwartz, North Carolina State Univ.

Section on Information, Computing, and Communication

Francine Berman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ahmed K. Elmagarmid, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Foundation

Thomas D. Garvey, SRI International

Peter D. Karp, SRI International

Madhav V. Marathe, Virginia Tech

Eric Mjolsness, Univ. of California, Irvine

Dan Roth, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

William H. Sanders, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thomas L. Sterling, Indiana Univ.

Section on Linguistics and Language Sciences

Ralph W. Fasold, Georgetown Univ.

Lise Menn, Univ. of Colorado Boulder

Pamela Munro, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Section on Mathematics

James M. Crowley, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Charles L. Epstein, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Nataša Jonoska, Univ. of South Florida

Kirk E. Jordan, IBM Research Division

Yuri Tschinkel, New York Univ.

Howard (Howie) Weiss, Georgia Institute of Technology

Section on Medical Sciences

Lynne V. Abruzzo, Ohio State Univ.

Naji N. Abumrad, Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine

Rexford S. Ahima, Univ. of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Andrew Arnold, Univ. of Connecticut School of Medicine

Linda Gwen Baum, Univ. of California, Los Angeles Geffen School of Medicine

Jeremy M. Boss, Emory Univ. School of Medicine

Myles A. Brown, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

David Michael Center, Boston Univ. Medical Center

Jeffrey S. Chamberlain, Univ. of Washington School of Medicine

Bandana Chatterjee, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Xinbin Chen, Univ. of California, Davis

Jeffrey I. Cohen, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH

Ronald B. Corley, Boston Univ. School of Medicine

Christopher M. Counter, Duke Univ. Medical Center

Jules L. Dienstag, Harvard Medical School

Mary C. Dinauer, Washington Univ. School of Medicine in St. Louis

Jeffrey M. Drazen, New England Journal of Medicine

Garth D. Ehrlich, Drexel Univ. College of Medicine

Agnes B. Fogo, Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center

Scott Laurence Friedman, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Stanford Univ.

Katherine Amberson Hajjar, Weill Cornell Medical College

Barbara C. Hansen, Univ. of South Florida

Christopher Charles William Hughes, Univ. of California, Irvine

Rakesh K. Jain, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Robert Gordon Kalb, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/Univ. of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Fadlo Raja Khuri, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory Univ.

Margaret Kielian, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Richard N. Kitsis, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Carol Ann Kumamoto, Tufts Univ.

Stephen B. Liggett, Univ. of South Florida College of Medicine

Jay S. Loeffler, Massachusetts General Hospital

Joseph Loscalzo, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Simon Alexander Mallal, Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine

John Mendelsohn, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dennis W. Metzger, Albany Medical College

Jeffrey J. Molldrem, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

David R. Piwnica-Worms, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Fernando P. Polack, Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine

Katya Ravid, Boston Univ. School of Medicine

Barrett Jon Rollins, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Donald H. Rubin, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System/Vanderbilt University

Nancy Hartman Ruddle, Yale Univ. School of Public Health

David J. Salant, Boston Univ. Medical Center

Erica Ollmann Saphire, Scripps Research Institute

P. Sarita Soni, Indiana Univ.

David Samuel Stephens, Emory Univ. Woodruff Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Patrick J. Stover, Cornell Univ.

Bruce Alan Sullenger, Duke Univ. Medical Center

James Ward Thomas II, Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine

Kevin J. Tracey, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Jan Vijg, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Paul A. Welling, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine

Section on Neuroscience

Richard Warren Aldrich, Univ. of Texas at Austin

Silvia Arber, Univ. of Basel/Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (Switzerland)

Rita Balice-Gordon, Pfizer, Inc.

Francisco Bezanilla, Univ. of Chicago

Samuel A. Deadwyler, Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine

Daniel J. Goldman, Univ. of Michigan

David M. Holtzman, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Christof Koch, Allen Institute for Brain Science

Alex Leo Kolodkin, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine

Michael Stephen Levine, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

David G. Morgan, Univ. of South Florida

Ronald William Oppenheim, Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine

Marina R. Picciotto, Yale Univ. School of Medicine

Jeffrey D. Schall, Vanderbilt Univ.

Masatoshi Takeichi, RIKEN (Japan)

Stephen Francis Traynelis, Emory Univ. School of Medicine

Fan Wang, Duke Univ. Medical Center

George D. Yancopoulos, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Charles Zuker, Columbia Univ.

Section on Pharmaceutical Sciences

Suresh V. Ambudkar, National Cancer Institute/NIH

Douglas A. Bayliss, Univ. of Virginia

Peter Buchwald, Univ. of Miami School of Medicine

Alice M. Clark, Univ. of Mississippi

Varsha Gandhi, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Randy A. Hall, Emory Univ. School of Medicine

Stephen S. Hecht, Univ. of Minnesota Medical School

Sung Wan Kim, Univ. of Utah College of Pharmacy

Gary R. Matzke, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. School of Pharmacy

Section on Physics

Andrew J. Baker, Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey

Robert Allen Bartynski, Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey

Philip G. Collins, Univ. of California, Irvine

Priscilla B. Cushman, Univ. of Minnesota

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) (Brazil)

Alan T. Dorsey, Univ. of Georgia

John Harte, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Mary Y.P. Hockaday, Los Alamos National Laboratory

David Larbalestier, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State Univ.

Marvin L. Marshak, Univ. of Minnesota

Roberto Daniel Merlin, Univ. of Michigan

Mark Newman, Univ. of Michigan

Harrison B. Prosper, Florida State Univ.

Bruce Arne Sherwood, North Carolina State Univ.

Milton Dean Slaughter, Florida International Univ.

Christopher Michael Sorensen, Kansas State Univ.

Nancy L. Thompson, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Amir Yacoby, Harvard Univ.

Section on Psychology

John T. Bruer, James S. McDonnell Foundation

Robert S. Feldman, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

Wilma Koutstaal, Univ. of Minnesota

Stanley Abraham Kuczaj II, Univ. of Southern Mississippi

Nan Bernstein Ratner, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

Eric Wanner, Russell Sage Foundation

Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences

Julia Ingrid Lane, American Institutes for Research/Univ. of Strasbourg (France)/Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)

Dudley L. Poston Jr., Texas A&M Univ.

Barbara Schneider, Michigan State Univ.

Mitchel B. Wallerstein, Baruch College

Michael Joseph White, Brown Univ.

Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering

Elizabeth A. Chornesky, Independent Analyst

T. Taylor Eighmy, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Anthony Fainberg, Institute for Defense Analyses

Micah Daniel Lowenthal, National Academy of Sciences

Section on Statistics

Susmita Datta, Univ. of Louisville

Mark Andrew Espeland, Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine

Robert Jackson Hardy, Univ. of Texas School of Public Health

William Q. Meeker Jr., Iowa State Univ.

Paula Karen Roberson, Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

John P. Sall, SAS Institute

James J. Schlesselman, Univ. of Pittsburgh

Stephanie Shipp, Virginia Tech

Clifford Spiegelman, Texas A&M Univ.

AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award winners named

Stories exploring human biology, including our interactions with the trillions of microbes we all harbor, the influences of our fishy evolutionary forebears on how we look, and the enduring challenge of understanding cancer, are among the winners of the 2014 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards.

Large Newspaper—Circulation of 100,000 or more: George Johnson, The New York Times, for “Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer,” 5 January 2014; “A Tumor, the Embryo's Evil Twin,” 18 March 2014; and “An Apple a Day, and Other Myths,” 22 April 2014.

Small Newspaper—Circulation less than 100,000: Matthew LaPlante and Paul Christiansen, Salt Lake City Weekly, for “Devastated: The World's Largest Organism is in Utah—and It's Dying,” 21 November 2013.

Magazine: David Dobbs, Pacific Standard, for “The Social Life of Genes,” September/October 2013.

Television—Spot News/Feature Reporting (20 minutes or less): Michael Werner, KCTS 9/QUEST, for “The Ecology of Fear,” 6 March 2014.

Television—In Depth Reporting (more than 20 minutes): Michael Rosenfeld, David Dugan, and Neil Shubin, Tangled Bank Studios/Windfall Films for PBS, for “Your Inner Fish,” 9 April, 16 April, & 23 April 2014.

Radio: Rob Stein, NPR, for “Staying Healthy May Mean Learning To Love Our Microbiomes,” 22 July 2013; “From Birth, Our Microbes Become As Personal As A Fingerprint,” 9 September 2013; and “Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues,” 4 November 2013.

Online: Amy Dockser Marcus, The Wall Street Journal, for “Trials: A Desperate Fight to Save Kids and Change Science,” 14 November 2013.

Children's Science News: Mara Grunbaum, Scholastic Science World, for “Biting Back,” 16 September 2013; “Underwater Adventurer,” 7 October 2013; and “Swallowed Up,” 3 February 2014.

The awards, administered by AAAS since their inception in 1945, go to professional journalists for distinguished reporting for a general audience. The Kavli Foundation provided a generous endowment in 2009 that ensures the future of the program.

Independent panels of science journalists pick the winners, who will receive $3000 and a plaque at the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, in February. Learn more at

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