4 College of Texas at Dallas college members have been elected 2020 fellows of the celebrated American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu, professor of pc science within the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science; Dr. Steven Small, dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Dr. May Yuan, Ashbel Smith Professor of geospatial data sciences within the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS); and Dr. Anvar Zakhidov, professor of physics within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) are amongst 489 newly elected fellows chosen for his or her contributions to science and expertise.
Since 1874, AAAS fellows have been acknowledged for his or her extraordinary achievements and embody scientists, engineers and innovators who’ve distinguished themselves throughout disciplines — from analysis, instructing and expertise, to administration in academia, trade and authorities, to excellence in speaking and decoding science to the general public.
Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu
Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu
Kantarcioglu was chosen for distinguished contributions to the sector of safe and privacy-preserving knowledge storage, querying and mining, and adversarial machine studying. His analysis focuses on creating applied sciences that may effectively extract helpful data from any knowledge with out sacrificing privateness or safety. Just lately, he has addressed blockchain software program, sharing of pandemic-related affected person knowledge and safe use of videoconferencing software program.
Kantarcioglu, who joined the UT Dallas college in 2005, has printed greater than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His analysis has been supported by the Nationwide Science Basis (NSF) — from which he acquired a College Early Profession Improvement award in 2009 — the Air Power Workplace of Scientific Analysis, the Workplace of Naval Analysis, the Nationwide Safety Company and the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (NIH).
He’s director of the UT Dallas Data Security and Privacy Lab, a distinguished scientist of Affiliation for Computing Equipment and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
“Over time, I’ve labored on a broad vary of collaborative analysis initiatives, aiming to make sure safe and privacy-preserving knowledge storage, querying, sharing and evaluation,” Kantarcioglu stated. “As a pc scientist whose analysis agenda is on the interface of cybersecurity, machine studying and knowledge science, I consider that addressing the rising challenges in knowledge privateness and safety is inconceivable with out transcending the standard disciplinary boundaries and advancing new synergistic initiatives in knowledge science. I’m glad to see that my analysis contributions in knowledge safety and privateness are honored with this necessary recognition.”
Dr. Steven Small
Dr. Steven Small
Small, who’s the Aage and Margareta Møller Distinguished Professor in Behavioral and Mind Sciences, was honored for his distinguished contributions to the neurobiology of language, significantly in mind imaging of speech and language, and for founding the Society for the Neurobiology of Language and its journal.
Small, who joined UT Dallas in 2019, has carried out in depth analysis on the neurobiology of language and motor abilities and the way these are affected by stroke. His areas of experience vary from language processing and computational neuroscience to neuroimaging. He served as editor-in-chief of the journal Mind and Language from 2005 to 2019. He’s a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Affiliation.
“I’m honored to be becoming a member of Drs. Mick Rugg [director of the Center for Vital Longevity (CVL)] and Denise Park [CVL director of research] because the third AAAS fellow within the College of Behavioral and Mind Sciences at UT Dallas,” Small stated. “The AAAS performs a significant position in our society in selling science and its relevance to understanding and combating the urgent issues of our period, akin to public well being and local weather change, and advocating for science schooling in any respect ranges with consideration to fairness and inclusion.”
Dr. Might Yuan
Dr. Might Yuan
Yuan was elected for her contributions to basic and utilized geographic data science (GIS), particularly for creating new knowledge fashions and analytical strategies to deal with issues of serious societal issues.
“I’m honored to obtain the popularity and turn out to be a fellow of AAAS,” Yuan stated. “As we face many large challenges of our time, science is extra necessary than ever to supply evidence-based data for decision-making. I’m delighted to be a drive for science.”
Yuan’s analysis spans basic and utilized GIS by creating new knowledge fashions and evaluation to search out direct social implications for policymaking in on a regular basis life. Her current work expands to spatial knowledge analytics and event-location modeling.
Yuan joined EPPS in 2014. She serves because the chief editor for the Worldwide Journal of Geographical Data Science. Her analysis has been supported by the NSF, NIH, NASA, Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. departments of Protection, Homeland Safety, Justice and Power.
Dr. Anvar Zakhidov
Dr. Anvar Zakhidov
Zakhidov was honored for inventive, pioneering contributions to the design, processing and understanding of practical nanomaterials, together with carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and perovskites. An internationally acknowledged researcher, he’s identified for his landmark developments in nanotechnology, photonics and the physics of solar-energy gadgets, together with contributing to breakthroughs in fabricating carbon nanotube yarns and clear nanotube sheets.
Zakhidov joined UT Dallas in 2001 to co-found the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, the place he’s the affiliate director. Along with his college appointment at UT Dallas, he’s head of the Laboratory of Hybrid Nanophotonics and Optoelectronics at ITMO College, a significant state college in St. Petersburg and certainly one of Russia’s nationwide analysis universities.
Zakhidov is a fellow of the American Bodily Society and a international member of the Russian Academy of Pure Sciences.
“To be honored as a AAAS fellow provides me extra drive to contribute extra to the flourishing science at UT Dallas,” Zakhidov stated. “There are lots of thrilling analysis areas that I plan to discover, together with hybrid perovskites and room temperature superconductivity and its potential use in medical purposes. That is additionally a terrific event to thank all my graduate college students and funding businesses, with whom we shared thrilling analysis and discoveries over the past 20 years.”
Based in 1848, the American Affiliation for the Development of Science is the world’s largest basic scientific society. Its mission consists of advancing science, engineering and innovation, and serving society by initiatives in science coverage, worldwide applications, science schooling and public engagement. It additionally publishes the journal Science, which has the biggest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed basic science journal.