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Henry Nguyen Elected AAAS Fellow

Henry Nguyen

Columbia, Mo. — Henry Nguyen, endowed professor of plant sciences at the University of Missouri, has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The rank of fellow is bestowed on members by their peers because of their efforts to advance science or its applications.

Nguyen was recognized for his distinguished research contributions to plant genetics and genomics, and for national and international recognition of his research leadership in abiotic stress research especially drought tolerance.

Nguyen is director of the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology. Established at MU in 2004 by an act of Congress, the NCSB is a conglomeration of scientists working to improve soybeans through innovative molecular and bioengineering technologies.

Nguyen is also a member of MU's Interdisciplinary Plant Group. The addition of Nguyen brings the total number of IPG members who are AAAS Fellows to 14, out of a total of 38 AAAS Fellows at MU.

"The election of another IPG faculty member as a AAAS Fellow is further evidence of the prestigious research in the area of plant biology being performed here at MU," said John Walker, professor of biological sciences and director of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group.

This year 531 members were awarded this honor by the AAAS. Nguyen will be officially honored at the association's annual meeting, which will take place in San Diego on Feb. 20, 2010. The Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin.

The 2010 AAAS Fellows were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Dec. 18, 2009.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science.