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WASHINGTON, D.C. 11/24/2014 - Five faculty members from the University of South Florida in Tampa have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year, 401 members from 196 universities and organizations have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 14, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, Cal.

Dr. Dave Morgan is being honored as part of the Neuroscience section for his distinguished contributions to the advancements and changes in the methodologies of care and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Morgan is chief executive officer and executive director of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute and Distinguished Professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology in the Morsani College of Medicine, USF Health. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and started his independent career at the University of Southern California. His research interests are aging and brain function, focusing on drugs to treat Alzheimer's dementia. He regularly sits on review panels for the National Institutes of Health and other agencies evaluating grants to develop new drugs to treat Alzheimer's and consults with the pharmaceutical industry.

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