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Kathleen Newton named 2017 AAAS Fellow

Nov. 22, 2016

Kathleen Newton

Kathleen Newton, Professor of Biological Sciences

Professor Kathleen Newton has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her “distinguished contributions to the fields of plant biology and genetics, particularly for investigations of mitochondria and chloroplasts in plant growth and development.”

Election as a fellow of the AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science. New fellows will be honored at the 2017 AAAS meeting in Boston, Mass.

Newton is known for her research on mitochondrial genomes and the consequences of mitochondrial mutations in corn. Her studies of mutant genes in mitochondria, organelles central to energy production in cells, have yielded important insights into how these maternally inherited genes function. In particular, her findings have provided new information about genetic interactions among the nucleus, the chloroplast, and the mitochondrion in growing plants. Her recent research has focused on the role of these complex intracellular interactions in heterosis, or hybrid vigor, in corn.

Newton received her bachelor’s degree in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed both her master’s and doctoral degrees at Indiana University in Bloomington and her postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis and Stanford University. In 1984, Newton joined the faculty in the Division of Biological Sciences at MU, where she is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group. She is the recipient of MU’s Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Research and Creative Activity and an Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

Newton is a member of the Genetics Society of America, the American Society of Plant Biologists, and the AAAS.

Newton is among 391 AAAS fellows elected this year, three of which are from the University of Missouri.

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