ICB Project Leaders Glenn Fredrickson and Scott Grafton elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Scott Grafton (left) and Glenn Fredrickson (right)

Two ICB project leaders have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

The newly elected Fellows from ICB are:

Glenn H. Fredrickson, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials, for contributions to the understanding of block copolymers, complex fluids and other soft matter.

Glenn Fredrickson obtained his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1984 and subsequently joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was named Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1989. In 1990 he moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara, joining the faculties of the Chemical Engineering and Materials Departments. He served as Chair of Chemical Engineering from 1998-2001 and is currently the Director of the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM) and the Director of the Complex Fluids Design Consortium (CFDC). Since 2009, he has also served as Executive Director of The KAITEKI Institute, a strategic unit of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. Professor Fredrickson has a long-standing interest in the statistical mechanics of complex fluids, including polymers, colloids, and glasses. His work is primarily theoretical and computational and has been most recently focused on field-based computer simulation strategies for anticipating the bulk and interfacial self-assembly of multi-component polymers.

Honors include a Sloan Fellowship, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Dillon Medal and Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society, the Alpha Chi Sigma Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and election to the National Academy of Engineering.

Scott T. Grafton, professor of psychological and brain sciences, for establishing brain imaging technology as a tool for cognitive neuroscience and its novel application to normal, plastic and pathological motor behavior. He is also co-director of the ICB.

Scott Grafton received BAs in Mathematics and Psychobiology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his MD degree from the University of Southern California. He completed a Neurology residency at the University of Washington and a residency in Nuclear Medicine at UCLA. He was a research fellow in Neuroimaging at UCLA where he developed methods for mapping human brain activity using positron emission tomography. With this he focused on brain plasticity during motor learning and the reorganization of the nervous system in the face of injury or neurodegeneration. He went on to develop brain-imaging programs at University of Southern California, Emory University and Dartmouth College. He joined the UCSB faculty in 2006 and is director of the UCSB Imaging Center. The center uses fMRI, magnetic stimulation and high density EEG to characterize the neural basis of goal directed behavior.

Professor Grafton is interested in how people organize movement into goal-oriented action. The emphasis is on elucidating the cognitive architecture that underlies action representation. This is developed with studies of sequence and skill acquisition, motor simulation, sensorimotor transformation, on-line control and action observation experiments. Brain-behavior relationships are defined using fMRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, patient based research and high-density electroencephalography.