Three faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the University announced Monday. 

Jane Pendergast, professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics in the Duke Medical School, along with John Rawls, associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology in the Medical School, and Joe Weinberg, professor of medicine and immunology, received the award. The AAAS recognized 391 new fellows this year for their efforts in advancing science or its applications. 

"Being recognized by your peers as a AAAS Fellow is one of the great honors for a scientist. We’re extremely proud of Professor Pendergast, Professor Rawls and Professor Weinberg for their work at Duke and their contributions to society," wrote Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, in an email Monday.

A researcher in Duke's division of general internal medicine and the Duke Center on Aging, Pendergast was recognized in the AAAS section on statistics for her work in advancing statistics in the field of public health. 

Rawls was chosen by the AAAS section on biological sciences for his research in host-microbe interactions in the digestive system that control immunity and energy balance. In particular, he has conducted research that uses zebrafish as a model to study host-microbiota interactions in the intestine. 

Weinberg, who was recognized in the AAAS section on medical sciences, is known for his research on leukemia, malaria and arthritis. His contributions to the fields of immunology and oncology involve studies on the role of nitric oxide in inflammation and infectious diseases. He is also a physician in hematology and oncology at the Durham V.A. Medical Center. 

Formed in 1848, AAAS is an international non-profit organization that seeks to provide a voice for science in society and foster greater collaboration among scientists. The new fellows will be awarded a certificate and rosette pin at AAAS' annual meeting this February in Boston.