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Major U.S. scientific association to induct UTHSC biochemist

Bettie Sue Masters, Ph.D., the Robert A. Welch Foundation Chair of Chemistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC), has received one of the highest honors in the field of science — selection as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She will join other distinguished U.S. scientists for the induction ceremony Feb. 16 in Boston.

Dr. Masters, professor of biochemistry at UTHSC, was recognized in the Biological Sciences section. Her research interests have included a class of enzymes involved in the metabolism of therapeutic drugs, cancer-causing agents and hormonal mediators within organs such as the liver, lung and kidney.

More recently, her studies have focused on determining the structure and function of the nitric oxide synthases, which produce nitric oxide in various organs for mediation of neural signaling, dilation of blood vessels, or killing of foreign cells such as tumors and bacterial or fungal agents.

Founded in 1848, AAAS represents more than 138,000 scientists worldwide and 275 affiliated societies. AAAS publishes the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Science.

The 2000 class of AAAS Fellows included Peter T. Fox, M.D., director of the Health Science Center's internationally respected Research Imaging Center, and Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., professor of orthopaedics.

Dr. Masters was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1996. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology selected her as the 2001-2002 vice president-elect for science policy.

Contact: Will Sansom