CEID members John Drake & Pej Rohani named AAAS Fellows

Writer: Allyson Mann, tiny@uga.edu  (This article has been adapted from the original posting, which can be found here). 
Contact: John Drake, jdrake@uga.edu; Pejman Rohani, rohani@uga.edu

CEID members and ecology professors John Drake and Pejman Rohani are among six University of Georgia faculty members named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed by their peers for “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

These six faculty members are among 416 new AAAS Fellows who will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue—representing science and engineering, respectively—rosette pin on Feb. 16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Their induction will bring the total number of AAAS Fellows at UGA to 48.

“I know from experience that this is highly gratifying recognition by one’s own peers,” said David Lee, UGA vice president for research. “Faculty recognized in this way have contributed substantially to their fields over a sustained period. I congratulate them on this major milestone.”

John Drake, Distinguished Research Professor in the Odum School of Ecology and director of UGA’s Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, a globally recognized authority on the ecology of infectious diseases. Drake conducts research in the interdisciplinary field of population biology, crossing boundaries between ecology, evolutionary biology and epidemiology. He is noted for contributions to ecology, particularly using experimental ecosystems to illuminate processes involved in population dynamics and developing of mathematical models of infectious disease transmission.

Pejman Rohani, professor with a joint appointment in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Odum School of Ecology, who focuses on the transmission, evolution and population dynamics of infectious diseases. He combines the analysis of existing data and data mining with mathematical and computational models to create biological models describing the transmission of a disease or infection. Rohani is noted for contributions to the field of infectious disease dynamics, epidemiological theory and modeling, and model-based enquiry.