UC Irvine neurobiologist Leslie Thompson and mathematician Qing Nie have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as an AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed upon association members by their peers. Thompson, a professor of psychiatry & human behavior, was selected for her distinguished contributions to the Huntington’s disease field, particularly relating to mechanisms underlying the cause of the disease, to medical school teaching and to HD-related professional societies. Nie, a professor of mathematics, was chosen for his work in the field of systems biology and for developing pioneering educational programs for students in mathematical and systems biology. This year’s 388 new AAAS fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Nov. 29 issue of the journal Science. Each will be presented with an official certificate and a gold rosette pin Feb. 15 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2014 AAAS annual meeting in Chicago. Nie and Thompson are the 133rd and 134th UC Irvine researchers to be named AAAS fellows.