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Prem Paul elected AAAS fellow

Prem Paul
Prem Paul
Prem Paul, vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Paul was cited for his contributions to animal health through research on viral pathogenesis of respiratory and reproductive diseases that led to improved vaccines and diagnostic tests. He was selected as part of AAAS's Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources Section.

Paul's scientific expertise is in animal virology, particularly swine viruses. Before joining UNL in 2001, Paul was a veterinary medical scientist and administrator at Iowa State University and earlier was the veterinary medical officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. He holds a degree in veterinary medicine and a doctorate in veterinary microbiology.

Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed on AAAS members by their peers. Paul was one of 486 members selected for the honor this year because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. This year's fellows were announced in this week's (Dec. 19) issue of the international journal Science. New fellows will be recognized in February at the 2009 AAAS annual meeting in Chicago.

AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes 262 affiliated societies and academies of science serving 10 million individuals.