Navigation Links
CWRU's Beall elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

In her pioneering studies, Cynthia Beall became used to the heady atmosphere high in the mountains of Tibet, Ethiopia and Peru. Now she'll share rarified air with Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and more as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Beall, a Distinguished University Professor and the S. Idyll Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, has spent her career uncovering how modern human populations continue to evolve, adapting to the dearth of oxygen at high altitudes.

The academy was formed in 1780 by founding fathers John Adams, John Hancock and others to "cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honour, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people."

"It's a great honor joining some remarkable members from the present and the past," Beall said. "George Washington and Margaret Meade were members at one time, and Charles Darwin. What more could an anthropologist want?"

Beall is Case Western Reserve's third academy Fellow. Lynn Landmesser, Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the School of Medicine was elected in 1993. Simon Ostrach, the Wilbert J. Austin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering, in the department of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Case School of Engineering, was elected in 2001.

A 37-year faculty member, Beall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical society, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Human Biology Association's Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award and its Raymond Pearl Memorial Award.

"Cynthia is an extraordinary scientist, a wonderful colleague, an outstanding teacher and mentor, and she is passionately devoted to developing the public understanding of science," said Cyrus Taylor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve. "This is a very well-deserved recognition."

During her career, Beall has repeatedly changed the course of research in high-altitude human biology. She has shown that highlanders in the Andes and the Himalayas adapted differently to life in thin air. She and colleagues discovered the mechanisms that enable the populations to thrive where lowlanders face altitude sickness. Among Tibetans, they identified a major gene underlying one adaptive trait and found strong evidence of natural selectionwomen with the gene had twice as many children as those without. Later, they identified a genetic locus that associated with another adaptive trait and also gave strong evidence of natural selection.

More recently, she and fellow researchers have shown that Tibetans and the Amhara, an ethnic group that has lived high in the mountains of Ethiopia for more than 5,000 years, have the same adaptation that reduces the risk blood clots and strokecommon risks for lowlanders. But they found different genes are behind the adaptation, evidence of convergent evolution. That is, the two populations used different genetic means to the same biological end.

Beall and the rest of the 2013 class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 12, 2013, at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

She will join the academy's more than 4,600 Fellows and 600 Honorary Foreign Members who are leaders in mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences and humanities, business, government, public affairs and the arts.

Among its Fellows are more than 200 Nobel Prize laureates and 100 Pulitzer Prize winners.

The academy continues to help set the national agenda for research and analysis in the arts and sciences. Major academy projects have focused on the changing nature and needs of higher education and research, the well-being of the humanities in the United States and their central role in assuring the vitality of our cultural life, the emerging challenges of scientific and technological advances, geoglobal politics, population and the environment and the welfare of children.


Contact: Kevin Mayhood
Case Western Reserve University

Related medicine news :

1. Hutchinson Center president elected to American Academy of Art and Sciences
2. UT MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho elected to National Academy of Sciences
3. Cleveland Clinic selected to participate in National MDS Clinical Research Consortium
4. IQware Solutions is Pleased to Announce that IQware MTM has Been Selected by the Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation (TPREF)
5. ONR system selected to help DoD track human subjects studies
6. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania selected to lead US nurse-training initiative
7. Half-match bone marrow transplants wipe out sickle cell disease in selected patients
8. Wolters Kluwer Health selected as publisher for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry
9. Dr. Joan Miller selected to deliver the prestigious Edward Jackson Memorial Lecture
10. Mangos Selected by Liberty Sport as Advertising Agency Partner
11. Richard Mayeux, M.D., M.S., elected Fellow of AAAS
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... MA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... It’s ... has a tattoo — a number even greater among Millennials (a whopping one in ... are more and more people who are dissatisfied with their ink. In fact, ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 01, 2015 , ... The importance of volumetric breast density ... of numerous abstracts accepted for presentation here, at the 101st Annual Radiology Society ... the use of Volpara Solutions’ quantitative breast imaging software tools for providing breast ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Diego, CA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 ... ... and scale , Visage Imaging Inc. (“Visage”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pro ... mobile imaging results enhancements at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... it has been awarded a fixed price per sprint agile development contract to ... at $34 million over five years, provides software engineering, infrastructure, as well as ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... PYA’s ... Post-Affiliation Integration ,” addresses a main “pain point” for merging or aligning healthcare ... once a deal is signed. This quick-read guidance suggests that failing to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... Dec. 1, 2015  Six months of adjunctive metformin therapy ... 1 diabetes, according to new research from T1D Exchange ... may have a beneficial effect on measures of obesity, including ... of the Journal of the American Medical Association , ... effect of metformin on overweight and obese adolescents with type ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 1, 2015 During the recent 2015 ... San Francisco, CA , Medinol Ltd. continued ... marketplace. During a satellite symposium, "The BioNIR eDES: ... Minimize Restenosis", a renowned physician panel discussed the ... CoCr Coronary Stent System and the Medinol eDES ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Russia has always been a country of choice for ... Europe in 2015 were tested in phase II-III ... has always been a country of choice for global multi-center phase ... in 2015 were tested in phase II-III clinical trials ... always been a country of choice for global multi-center phase III clinical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: