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Two more Salk faculty elected as AAAS Fellows

Joseph R. Ecker and Joseph P. Noel have been named 2012 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. Election as an AAAS Fellow is among the highest honors in American science. Scientists are selected by their peers for "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications," according to election administrators.

Joe Ecker

Joseph R. Ecker

"We are very proud of these investigators and the distinguished research that they have conducted at the Institute," says Salk president William R. Brody. "We congratulate them on their election as AAAS Fellows and look forward to their many more scientific accomplishments in the future."

Joseph Ecker, a professor in the Salk's Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute&$8211;Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation investigator, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and holder of the Salk International Council Chair in Genetics. He was honored for his contributions to

Joseph P. Noel

Joseph P. Noel

the genomics/ epigenomics of plant and human cells, particularly for the development of new tools that enable genome-wide analyses.

Joseph Noel, professor and director of Salk's Jack H. Skirball Center for Chemical Biology and Proteomics, is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and the inaugural holder of the Arthur and Julie Woodrow Chair. Noel was selected for his contributions to the understanding of plant metabolism, especially the evolution, biochemistry and structures underlying the biosynthesis of specialized metabolites, including polyketides and terpenes.

Ecker and Noel are among 702 new members who were honored during the 2013 AAAS annual meeting in Boston on February 16. The elections bring the Salk's current total of AAAS Fellows to 16.