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Richard Lee named an AAAS Fellow

10/27/1998

Richard E. Lee Jr., professor of zoology at Miami University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed on select members of the AAAS for their advancement of science.

Lee and Miami colleague Jon Costanzo have long studied the freeze tolerance of several unusual species of amphibians and reptiles, creatures that freeze solid over winter and thaw back to life in the spring. The pair have identified four of the 11 species known to be freeze tolerant.

Their goal is to learn how to mimic the cryopreservation techniques found in nature to preserve human organs in order to increase viability for transplant. Donor organs now last just a few hours.

Lee and wife Marcia Lee, associate professor of microbiology, have also researched cold-hardiness and freeze tolerance in insects. Richard Lee has traveled to the Arctic and Antarctic to study cold tolerance in terrestrial arthropods.

He is author or co-author of more than 120 papers on cryobiology and ice-nucleating bacteria and co-editor of two books. Some of Lee's work has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

He was named a College of Arts and Science Distinguished Educator for 1993-94.

This year, 283 researchers were elected to Fellow status. With 144,000 members, the AAAS is the world's largest federation of scientists.

Lee will be presented with the honor at the January meeting of the AAAS.

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