Melanie Matchett Wood has been named as a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor. These professorships are awarded only to those who "possess unusual qualifications and promise, having been recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of their research". The title may be carried for the duration of her career in Madison. This is truly an accomplishment, as Melanie was awarded the Vilas Early Career Investigator award just last year. It is truly a testament to Melanie's research that she has gone from the junior to the senior award in just one year. Congratuations!