Mark Chance, vice dean for research, named AAAS fellow

November 22, 2016

Mark R. Chance, PhD, vice dean for research at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Chance, elected to the AAAS section on chemistry, was cited "[f]or distinguished contributions in the fields of structural biology and chemistry by advancing technologies of mass spectrometry approaches for the study of protein structure and dynamics." His research interests include cellular signaling and transport by membrane proteins and new biophysics approaches for drug development.

As vice dean for research, Chance provides support to faculty members and other School of Medicine leaders in defining strategic directions for both basic and clinical research. He received his PhD in biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and his BA in biology from Wesleyan University in 1980. He also studied biochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1980 until 1984. He was Joseph Wunsch Fellow in biomedical engineering at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and post-doctoral fellow in biophysics at AT&T Bell Labs. His awards include the Hirschl/Weill-Caulier Career Scientist Award and the Naomi Kanof Investigator Award Lectureship and Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Clinical Investigation, awarded by the Society of Investigative Dermatology.

Chance joins 29 other active fellows from Case Western Reserve University, including 25 from the School of Medicine.

This year 391 members have been named fellows "because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications." Chance and the other new fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin (representing science and engineering, respectively) on Saturday, February 18th from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2017 AAAS annual meeting in Boston.

The newest class of AAAS fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of Science on November 25th. The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874.
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