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Prof. Bittman Named a Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science
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Maria Terrone
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FLUSHING, NY, February 14, 2005 -- Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Robert Bittman was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was cited for his contributions to the field of lipids and will be recognized at the Fellows Forum to be held on February 19 during the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Professor Bittman’s research interests include lipids that are active in maintaining the structure of biological membranes and in regulating a variety of cellular functions, such as stimulating or inhibiting cell growth and inducing cell death. He also studies the development of lipids for use in cancer chemotherapy. In addition, his work concerns the interaction of cholesterol with sphingomyelin, which are both essential components of the membranes of mammalian cells.

Prof. Robert Bittman

Prof. Bittman has written over 250 research articles and serves on theeditorial boards of several scientific journals. He has edited more than 47 volumes of the monograph Organic Reactions, and edited Volume 28 of Subcellular Biochemistry, “Cholesterol: Its Functions and Metabolism in Biology and Medicine” (Plenum Press). He received the Avanti Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2003 for outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids. This career award is given to only one person each year. Professor Bittman’s research has been supported for the past 32 years by grants of nearly $5.5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was among the first to receive the NIH MERIT Award, a 10-year research award for which candidates may not apply, but are selected by the NIH.

Founded in 1848, AAAS is an international professional organization dedicated to advancing science around the world. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

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