Knoxville, Tenn. – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council has elected Dr. David Anderson, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM), to rank of AAAS Fellow.
Each year, the Council elects members whose “efforts in favor of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished”. The Board elects Fellows deliberately and carefully to preserve the honor attached to this recognition.
The AAAS honors him for his distinguished contributions to the mentorship of residents and students, as well as advances in biomedical research and technology, particularly in surgical disease and biomaterial composites for tissue regeneration and drug administration. The UTCVM Tissue Regeneration Laboratory focuses on the development of new biomaterial platforms for the guided regeneration of damaged tissue.
Anderson joined UTCVM in 2012 as head of the college’s large animal clinical sciences department before being named associate dean of research. During this period, he reinvigorated research efforts within the department and continues to generate enthusiasm for discovery in veterinary medicine. Over a 32-year career, he has mentored more than 40 graduate students (Ph.D. and MS) and 30 residents and fellows, and served as first author, co-author, or mentor author for more than 195 peer- has edited journal publications, eleven books and seventy-five book chapters.
Anderson says being elected an AAAS Fellow is a singular honor. “I am honored to join one of the most distinguished groups of scientists, engineers and innovators in the world. The many discoveries, made by our teams over the past three decades, are a testament to the incredible people I have learned so much. I am grateful to all collaborators, students and staff who continue to make scientific advances and, ultimately, translate them into practice.
Anderson was instrumental in establishing the UT Institute of Agriculture Genomics Center for Advancement of Agriculture, a center committed to advancing agriculture by developing new strategies for improving productivity and sustainability food production systems.
Anderson is one of two UTIA faculty members elected to the AAAS Scholars Class of 2021, alongside Carl Sams, a professor at the UTIA Institute and Austin Professor Emeritus in the Department of Plant Sciences.
The UT College of Veterinary Medicine is part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Through its mission of land-grant research, education, and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and delivers Real. Life. Solutions. utia.tennessee.edu.
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