Kathy Foltz Named 2016 AAAS Fellow
Three UC Santa Barbara faculty members have been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2016 among them MCDB faculty member Kathleen Foltz. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Foltz was cited among her peers in the association’s section on biological sciences “for distinguished contributions to the developmental and cell biology of fertilization and egg activation, and in mentoring, outreach, education and undergraduate research in STEM fields.” Foltz’s research focuses on molecular- and cellular-level activity and signaling at the moment of fertilization and oocyte activation. She has been named a Searle Scholar and a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellow. She also is the recipient of UCSB’s Plous Award, the Chancellor’s Award for contributions to undergraduate research and the Distinguished Teaching Award. Foltz also holds an appointment at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute, and is interim dean of the campus’s College of Creative Studies.