Henry Nguyen Elected as Fellow of AAAS

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Columbia, Mo – Dr. Henry Nguyen, Director of the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology at the University of Missouri, was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Nguyen is being honored for his distinguished research contributions in plant genetics and genomics, as well as, for his national and international recognition of his research and leadership in plant abiotic stress, most notably in drought tolerance.

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is an honor accorded to distinguished persons who are members of the Association, the world's largest scientific society and publisher of the peer-reviewed weekly journal Science. Fellow are elected annually by the AAAS Council, the policymaking body of the Association, for "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications which are scientifically or socially distinguished". Examples of areas in which nominees may have made significant contributions are research; teaching; technology; services to professional societies; administration in academe, industry, and government; and communicating and interpreting science to the public. The Association has awarded fellowships since 1874.

Dr. Nguyen received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Missouri. He began his career at the Oklahoma State University as a faculty member and then joined the Texas Tech University and the Texas A&M University System in 1984. He was then offered a job at the University of Missouri in 2002 as a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences as well as Endowed Chair of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC). In 2004, he was named Director of the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology (NCSB) which is part of the University of Missouri.

Due to his research expertise and leadership in biotechnology, Dr. Nguyen has served in numerous professional organizations, both national and international. He has received many honors and awards. He has contributed to 25 career Book Chapters, he has edited 4 books, and has 164 publications. He has directed a total of 14 Master Students, 20 Ph.D. students, mentored 37 Postdoctoral fellows and 67 Undergraduate students throughout his career. Dr. Nguyen has hosted 27 visiting scientists/research fellows. Throughout his career, Dr. Nguyen has secured approximately $24 million dollars in competitive funding to support his research program from federal agencies, industry, and non-profit organizations.

The AAAS will present Dr. Nguyen the Fellow award at a formal ceremony in San Diego on February 20, 2010. Dr. Nguyen stated, "I was fortunate to be nominated and supported by colleagues around the country. I am thankful for their support and the work by my staff, students and postdoctoral research associates over the years."