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National Academy of Sciences Elects 105 Members 


The National Academy of Sciences elected 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,291 and the total number of foreign associates to 465. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the academy.

The elected members are:

Agol, Ian; professor of mathematics, department of mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

• Ashtekar, Abhay; Eberly Professor of Physics and director, Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

• Bailey-Serres, Julia; director, Center for Plant Cell Biology, and professor of genetics, department of botany and plant sciences, University of California, Riverside

• Bartel, Bonnie; Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, department of biosciences, Rice University

• Blau, Helen; Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Professor, Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine

• Boothroyd, John; Burt and Marion Avery Professor of Immunology, department of microbiology and immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine

• Brown, Myles; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and director, Center for Functional Cancer Epigenetics, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

• Bull, James; Johann Friedrich Miescher Regents Professor, department of integrative biology, The University of Texas, Austin

• Car, Roberto; Ralph W. Dornte ‘31 Professor in Chemistry and professor in physics, department of chemistry, Princeton University

• Cashman, Katharine; professor of volcanology, University of Bristol, Clifton, U.K.

• Chakraborty, Arup; Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering and director, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• Cherlin, Andrew; Griswold Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, department of sociology, John Hopkins University

• Crimmins, Eileen; AARP Professor of Gerontology, Davis School of Gerontology, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

• Dafermos, Constantine; Alumni-Alumnae University Professor, division of applied mathematics, Brown University

• Dai, Hongjie; J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Chemistry, department of chemistry, Stanford University

• DeRisi, Joseph; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor and chair, department of biochemistry and biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

• Deshaies, Raymond; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor, division of biology, California Institute of Technology

• Drinfeld, Vladimir; Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor, department of mathematics, The University of Chicago

• Eberhardt, Jennifer; associate professor, department of psychology, Stanford University

• Ehleringer, James; distinguished professor of biology, department of biology, University of Utah

• Eiler, John; director, Caltech Microanalysis Center, and Robert P. Sharp Professor of Geology and Geochemistry, division of geological and planetary sciences, California Institute of Technology

• Evans, Steven; professor of statistics and mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

• Fejer, Martin; co-director, Stanford Photonics Research Center, and professor of applied physics, Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Ginzton Laboratory, Stanford University

• Forrest, Stephen; Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan

• Friesner, Richard; professor of chemistry, department of chemistry, Columbia University

• Germain, Ronald; chief, Laboratory of Systems Biology; and distinguished investigator, National Institutes of Health

• Giovannoni, James; research molecular biologist, Agricultural Research Service, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University

• Glaeser, Robert; emeritus professor, University of California-Berkeley, and senior scientist, Donner Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

• Guerinot, Mary Lou; professor, department of biological sciences, Dartmouth College

• Hart, Oliver; Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics, department of economics, Harvard University

• Hartmann, Dennis; professor, department of atmospheric sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

• Heal, Geoffrey; Donald C. Waite Professor of Social Enterprise and professor of economics and finance, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University

• Heckman, Timothy; A. Herman Pfund Professor of Astronomy and director, Center for Astrophysical Sciences, department of physics and astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

• Heintz, Nathaniel; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and James and Marilyn Simons Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University

• Hieter, Philip; professor of medical genetics, Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

• Hoekstra, Hopi; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, departments of organismic and evolutionary biology and of molecular and cellular biology, Harvard University

• Hu, Wayne; Horace B. Horton Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and member, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The University of Chicago

• Irvine, Judith; Edward Sapir Collegiate Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, University of Michigan

• Jones, Peter; research director and chief scientific officer, Van Andel Research Institute

• Kastan, Michael; executive director, Duke Cancer Institute, and professor of pharmacology and cancer biology, Duke University

• Kingston, Robert; molecular biologist and chief, department of molecular biology, Massachussetts General Hospital; and professor and vice chair, department of genetics, Harvard Medical School

• Kinzler, Kenneth; professor of oncology and co-director,The Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University

• Klebanov, Igor; associate director, Princeton Center for Theoretical Sciences, and Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics, Princeton University

• Koonin, Eugene; senior investigator, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

• Krumlauf, Robb; scientific director, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

• Larsen, Clark; distinguished professor of social and behavioral sciences and chair, department of anthropology, The Ohio State University

• Leibler, Stanislas; professor, Institute for Advanced Study, and professor, School of Natural Sciences, The Rockefeller University

• Lester, Marsha; Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor, department of chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

• Liu, Andrea; Hepburn Professor, department of physics and astronomy, University of Pennsylvania

• Lynch, Nancy; NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering, department of electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• Markus, Hazel; Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences, department of psychology, Stanford University

• Marqusee, Susan; director, QB3–Berkeley (California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences), and Eveland Warren Endowed Chair Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology, department of molecular and cell biology, University of California, Berkeley

• Meng, Xiang-Jin; professor of molecular virology, College of Veterinary Medicine; professor of internal medicine, Carilion School of Medicine; and professor, department of biomedical sciences and pathobiology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

• Mirzakhani, Maryam; professor of mathematics, Stanford University

• Monroe, Christopher; fellow, Joint Quantum Institute, NIST; and Bice Zorn Professor of Physics, department of physics, University of Maryland, College Park

• Murphy, Kenneth; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Eugene Opie Centennial Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

• Murphy, Susan; Herbert E. Robbins Distinguished University Professor of Statistics, department of statistics, and research professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

• Niyogi, Krishna; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; faculty scientist, physical biosciences division, DOE-Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and professor, department of plant and microbial biology, University of California, Berkeley

• O’Keefe, John; inaugural director, Sainsbury Wellcome Center for Neural Circuits and Behavior, and professor of cognitive neuroscience, University College London

• Palumbi, Stephen; Jane and Marshall Steele Chair of Biology and director, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

• Parkinson, Claire; climate change senior scientist, Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

• Pinker, Steven; Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, department of psychology, Harvard University

• Ploegh, Hidde; professor of biology and member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• Raymo, Maureen; Lamont Research Professor and director, Lamont-Doherty Core Repository, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

• Rosakis, Ares; Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and chair, division of engineering and applied science, California Institute of Technology

• Sabatini, David; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor of biology and member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• Sanford, Melanie; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, department of chemistry, University of Michigan

• Schapire, Robert; principal researcher, Microsoft Research

• Segall, Paul; professor of geophysics, department of geophysics, Stanford University

• Sehgal, Amita; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

• Seydoux, Geraldine; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor, department of molecular biology and genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

• Sigworth, Frederick; professor of cellular and molecular physiology and of biomedical engineering, department of cellular and molecular physiology, Yale University School of Medicine

• Slovic, Paul; professor, department of psychology, University of Oregon

• Soltis, Pamela; distinguished professor and curator, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville

• Stone, Anne; professor and director, Center for Bioarchaeological Research, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

• Stover, Patrick; professor and director, division of nutritional sciences, Cornell University

• Summers, Michael; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and distinguished university professor, University of Maryland

• Urry, C. Megan; director, Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and chair, department of physics, Yale University

• Virgin, Herbert W., IV; Edward Mallinckrodt Professor and chair, department of pathology and immunology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

• Wasserman, Larry; professor, department of statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

• Yang, Peidong; S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy and professor of chemistry, department of chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

• Young, Stephen; associate director, Star Program, and professor of medicine and human genetics, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

• Zamolodchikov, Alexander; leading researcher, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences; and Board of Governors Professor of Physics, department of physics and astronomy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

• Zank, Gary; director, Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, and Pei-Ling Chan Professor of Physics, University of Alabama, Huntsville


Newly elected foreign associates, their affiliations at the time of election, and their country of citizenship are:

• An, Zhisheng; professor, Institute of Earth Environment, and member, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an, China

• Berns, Anton J.M.; principal investigator, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam

• Bird, Adrian; professor and Buchanan Chair of Genetics, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh, U.K.

• Fabian, Andrew; Royal Society Research Professor in Astronomy, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, U.K.

• Fernández, Julio; professor, department of astronomy, and dean of the school of science, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay

• Frenkel, Daan; 1968 Professor of Chemistry, department of chemistry, University of Cambridge, U.K.

• Hell, Stefan; director, department of nanobiophotonics, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany

• Jouzel, Jean; research scientist, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, CEA-Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Orme des Merisiers, France

• Kornai, János; honorary professor emeritus, Corvinus University of Budapest

• Lanzavecchia, Antonio; director, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona, Switzerland

• Lutz, Wolfgang; program director, World Population, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

• McDonald, Arthur; professor and Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics, department of physics, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

• Peres, Yuval; principal researcher in theory group, Microsoft Research, Redmond, Wash. (Israel)

• Petit, Christine; professor, Collège de France, and director, Unité de Génétique et Physiologie de l’Audition, Institut Pasteur, Paris

• Possingham, Hugh; professor of mathematics and ecology, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia

• Rabinovich, Gabriel; professor of immunology, University of Buenos Aires

• Reid, Nancy; Canada Research Chair and University Professor, department of statistics, University of Toronto

• Suwa, Gen; professor, The University Museum, University of Tokyo

• Voisin, Claire; director of research, CNRS, Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu, France

• West, Stephen; senior group leader and deputy director, Clare Hall Laboratories, Francis Crick Institute, Herts, U.K.

• Wilson, Ian; Hansen Professor of Structural Biology and chair, department of integrative structural and computational biology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif. (United Kingdom)

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