University of Washington faculty members Susan Eggers and Randall Moon have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 4,000 fellows and 600 foreign honorary members of the academy include more than 250 Nobel Prize laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Eggers, UW professor emeritus of computer science and engineering, is co-inventor of a computer processing technology that makes more efficient use of a chip’s computing power. The technology changed industry standards and was adopted by Intel, IBM and others. Eggers is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has received a number of awards since joining the UW in 1989.
Moon, a professor of pharmacology, is a leader in regenerative medicine research. He began studying the cell signals that transform tadpoles into frogs, later concentrating on how alterations in these Wnt signaling networks, as they are called, lead to cancer, bone density disorders and other human diseases. More recently, his lab has been enhancing this signaling to accelerate tissue repair and prod stem cells to turn into progenitors for various blood cell types. He hopes to modulate Wnt signaling to design therapies against deadly cancers, such as melanoma, and to improve recovery from brain injuries and other neurological damage.
This year 198 people were elected to the academy including winners of the Nobel Prize, National Medal of Science, Lasker Award, Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur fellowships as well as Grammy, Emmy, Academy and Tony awards.