Kiran Soma named Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Kiran Soma

UBC Psychology Professor Kiran Soma has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

Dr. Soma has been awarded the distinction of Fellow for his distinguished contributions to the field of behavioural neuroscience, particularly the roles of local steroid synthesis in brain and immune function. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Soma on this well deserved recognition!

Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honour bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers in recognition of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Dr. Soma is excited, honoured, and humbled to receive this election from his peers. “It’s very humbling when I look at the list of AAAS Fellows,” says Soma, Professor of Psychology. “I’m grateful to Janet Werker and my other sponsors, as well as to all the undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists that have been in my lab at UBC. What an amazing group of people that I get to work with on a daily basis.”

“The AAAS plays a crucial role in advancing science and it was without hesitation that Kiran’s name was put forward for this fellowship,” says Janet Werker, UBC Psychology Professor and a AAAS fellow herself. “Kiran is an outstanding scientist and the impact of his work on the international research community is significant. His research has been referenced in journals from a broad array of scientific disciplines, showing that his work has great interdisciplinary appeal.”

This year 347 members have been awarded this honour by AAAS. Dr. Soma and the other new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold rosette pin on February 13, 2016 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. More.

Dr. Soma joined the Department of Psychology at UBC in 2004. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a recipient of a Killam Faculty Research Fellowship and a Killam Faculty Research Prize. In addition he has received a CIHR New Investigator award, a MSFHR Scholar award, and numerous service and merit awards. He is an active member of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. His research expertise is behavioural neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, neuroethology, aging, diet, exercise, and immunology.

-Bonnie Vockeroth

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