Three A&S Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows

Jerry Atwood, Curators’ Professor of Chemistry
Hank Foley, senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies
Silvia Jurisson, professor of chemistry and radiology
Kristi Galloway
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College of Arts & Science

Jerry Atwood, Hank Foley, and Silvia Jurisson have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Election as an AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. This year, 401 members were awarded the honor by AAAS as a result of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Jerry Atwood, Curators’ Professor of Chemistry, was recognized for his notable contributions to the fields of inorganic, organometallic, and materials chemistry. Atwood has made significant advances in chemical crystallography and supramolecular chemistry. In 1969, he first discovered liquid clathrates, which helped pave the way for what is now called “green” or “environmentally friendly” chemistry. In 1997, he discovered a way to make nanocapsules. This discovery may eventually lead to improved chemotherapy delivery methods. In 2002, Atwood discovered materials useful for storing hydrogen and methane. This created the potential for storing alternative fuels. Atwood has written more than 700 peer-reviewed articles, and his work has been cited more than 36,000 times.

Hank Foley, senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, is highly esteemed in the fields of synthetic and physical chemistry of nanoscale carbons and nanoporous membranes. He is an inventor with 16 patents, including a plasma reactor that transforms industrial materials into finished products, carbon membranes for small or large molecule separations, and new kinds of carbon materials. He has written more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and is author of the textbook Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis Using Mathematica.

Silvia Jurisson, professor of chemistry and radiology, has devoted her career to developing breakthrough materials that may be used in the detection and treatment of cancer. She studies the most common radioisotope used in cancer diagnosis, technetium-99m. Jurisson is collaborating with medical and veterinary scientists at MU to develop biological targeting mechanisms that help send radiation to cancerous cells and organs.

“We are fortunate to have many phenomenal faculty members in the College of Arts and Science—Jerry Atwood, Hank Foley, and Silvia Jurisson are prime examples,” says Dean Michael J. O’Brien. “Their recent selection as AAAS fellows just proves what we already knew; the contributions they are making to their fields and this college will change lives.”

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