December 22, 2008

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Two University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Microbiologists Named 2008 AAAS Fellows

PHILADELPHIA - Two faculty members of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The new Penn Medicine AAAS Fellows are:

Yvonne Paterson, PhD, Professor of Microbiology: For distinguished contributions to the field of cancer research, particularly for her pioneering work in immunotherapeutic and for her institutional leadership as Director of Postdoctoral Programs.

Susan R. Weiss, PhD, Professor of Microbiology: For distinguished contributions to viral pathogenesis, specifically elucidating the determinants of mouse corona virus tropism and virulence in the central nervous system and liver.

This year 486 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, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, 14 February from 8 to 10 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

This year’s AAAS Fellows were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 19 December 2008.


PENN Medicine is a $3.6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,700 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) includes its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s top ten “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In addition UPHS includes a primary-care provider network; a faculty practice plan; home care, hospice, and nursing home; three multispecialty satellite facilities; as well as the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse campus, which offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation facilities and outpatient services in multiple specialties.

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