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Dr. Paul S. Cremer, professor of chemistry and holder of the Arthur E. Martell Chair in Chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been recognized as a 2010 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Cremer, a pioneer in the field of biological interfaces, is one of two Texas A&M faculty among the 503 AAAS members honored by their peers with the prestigious distinction this year for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. He joins Dr. Martin B. Dickman, professor of plant pathology and microbiology, as the university's most recent inductees.

Cremer is cited by the AAAS "for distinguished contributions to the fields of physical, analytical and biological chemistry, particularly for elucidating the molecular-level details of lipid membranes and biological interfaces," while Dickman is honored "for excellence in research in the genetics and molecular biology of fungal-plant interactions."

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association's 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Cremer and Dickman will be presented with official certificates and gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pins in a Saturday, February 19 ceremony at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

"The AAAS is an organization that has worked tirelessly to advance science in the United States as well as worldwide," Cremer said. "I feel very honored to be named to the ranks of their fellows."

Cremer earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley in 1996 and spent two years as the ACS-Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University prior to coming to Texas A&M in 1998. His research group works at the interface of physical chemistry, biochemistry, sensor design and nanomaterial science. Overall, this work has led to a better picture of the details of how cells interact with their environment.

Biophysical studies in the Cremer group are linked through their employment of novel "lab-on-a-chip" platforms which enable high throughput/low sample volume analysis to be performed with unprecedented signal-to-noise. Many analytical techniques, such as temperature gradient microfluidics, local pH modulation for label-free biosensing, and on-chip binding constant measurements, were invented or developed in the Cremer laboratory.

A central focus of the Cremer group has been in the field of interfacial water structure and ion-macromolecule interactions (the Hofmeister Effect). In related studies, the Cremer laboratory has made major progress toward understanding the mechanism by which urea dentures proteins as well as elucidating the mechanisms involved in ligand-receptor binding at fluid biomembrane interfaces.

Cremer's research excellence has been recognized with a plethora of prestigious awards, including the 2010 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Award in Science from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST), the Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award (2006), the Sigma Xi Southwest Regional Young Investigator Award (2006), the Robert A. Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research (2006), a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2003), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2002), the Beckman Young Investigator Award (2001), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2001), the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2000), the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2000), and the Research Corporation's Research Innovation Award (1999). In 2009 he was named a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Cremer currently serves as an associate editor for The Journal of the American Chemical Society, the flagship journal of the ACS, as well as on the editorial boards of Chemical Reviews, Langmuir, Surface Science and Biointerphases.

To learn more about Cremer and his research at Texas A&M, go to http://www.chem.tamu.edu/faculty/cremer.

For more on the American Association for the Advancement of Science, visit www.aaas.org.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Paul S. Cremer, (979) 862-1200 or cremer@chem.tamu.edu

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