Two professors at UC Riverside, Howard Judelson and Jirka Simunek, have been chosen as two of the 391 fellows chosen annually by the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Fellows for this program are chosen by the AAAS Council, which recognizes contributors around the country for their work in innovation, education and scientific leadership.
Judelson, a professor of plant pathology, was chosen for this award on the basis of his contributions to the field of molecular plant pathology, particularly for his work in developing resources for oomycete molecular genetics, a group of pathogens that devastate crops. He earned his doctoral degree in molecular biology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and postdoctoral training from UC Davis.
Simunek is a soil physicist and hydrologist, and was awarded for his work in creating advanced one and multi-dimensional numerical models for water, heat, virus and contaminant transport in both soil and groundwater. Simunek earned his doctorate in hydrology from the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague in 1993.