72 new members chosen by Academy

WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 16 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The election was held this morning during the business session of the 143rd annual meeting of the Academy. "Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in American science and engineering," said Ralph Cicerone, who became president of the Academy in 2005. Barbara Schaal, an NAS member since 1999 who was elected last year as the Academy's first woman vice president, noted, "This year's new class represents outstanding accomplishment in a wide variety of disciplines."

Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,013. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States. Today's election brings the total number of foreign associates to 371.

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Additional information about the institution and its members is available online at www.nasonline.org.

Newly elected members and their affiliations at the time of election are:

ADELSON, EDWARD H.; professor of vision science, department of brain and cognitive sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

ADLEMAN, LEONARD M.; Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer Science, department of computer science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

ALMERS, WOLFHARD; senior scientist, Vollum Institute, and professor of biochemistry, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland

AMASINO, RICHARD M.; Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, department of biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison

BAKER, DAVID; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor, department of biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle

BANFIELD, JILLIAN F.; professor, department of earth and planetary sciences and department of environmental science, policy, and management, University of California, Berkeley

BARBARA, PAUL F.; R.J.V. Johnson-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry, department of chemistry and biochemistry, University of Texas, Austin

BASSLER, BONNIE; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor of molecular biology, department of molecular biology, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

BEZANILLA, FRANCISCO; Hagiwara Professor of Neuroscience, department of physiology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

CEPERLEY, DAVID M.; staff scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and professor of physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

CLAPHAM, DAVID E.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and A.R. Castenade Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston

CLEVELAND, DON W.; professor and head, Laboratory of Cell Biology, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of California, San Diego

COBB, MELANIE H.; Jane and Bill Browning Jr. Chair in Medical Science, Southwestern Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences, and professor, department of pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

COFFMAN, ROBERT L.; vice president and chief scientific officer, Dynavax Technologies, Berkeley, Calif.

DAVIS, MARK E.; Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

DE FRIES, RUTH S.; professor, department of geography, University of Maryland, College Park

DOI, ROY H.; Distinguished Professor, department of microbiology, University of California, Davis

EATON, WILLIAM A.; chief, Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

ECKER, JOSEPH R.; professor, Plant Biology Laboratory and Genome Analysis Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego

ELLISON, PETER T.; professor of anthropology, and dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

FERRARA, NAPOLEONE M.A.; fellow, department of molecular oncology, Genentech Inc., South San Francisco, Calif.

FINLAYSON-PITTS, BARBARA J.; professor of chemistry, department of chemistry, University of California, Irvine

FORSYTH, DONALD W.; James L. Manning Professor of Geological Sciences, department of geological sciences, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

FRANK, JOACHIM; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and laboratory chief, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany

FUJIMOTO, JAMES G.; department of electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

FUTUYMA, DOUGLAS J.; Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution, department of ecology and evolution, State University of New York, Stony Brook

GANETZKY, BARRY; Steenbock Professor of Biological Sciences, and professor of genetics and medical genetics, Laboratory of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

GELMAN, ROCHEL; professor of psychology and cognitive science, department of psychology and center for cognitive science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick-Piscataway

GILBERT, CHARLES D.; professor, Laboratory of Neurobiology, Rockefeller University, New York City

GIRVIN, STEVEN M.; professor of physics and applied physics, department of physics, Sloane Physics Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

GLEICK, PETER H.; president, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, Oakland, Calif.

GOFF, STEPHEN P.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, department of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

GOLDIN, CLAUDIA; program director, Development of the American Economy, and Henry Lee Professor of Economics, department of economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

GREENE, LAURA H.; Swanlund Professor of Physics, Loomis Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

GREENGARD, LESLIE; professor of mathematics and computer science, Courant Institute, New York University, New York City

HAUSSLER, DAVID H.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor, department of computer science, University of California, Santa Cruz

HELLER, ERIC J.; professor of chemistry and physics, department of chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HOFFMAN, BRIAN M.; professor of chemistry, department of chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

IWANIEC, HENRYK; New Jersey State Professor, department of mathematics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

JAMES, ANTHONY A.; professor, department of molecular biology and biochemistry, University of California, Irvine

KARL, DAVID M.; professor of oceanography, department of oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu

KENNICUTT, ROBERT C. JR.; Plumian Professor of Astronomy, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

KUTZBACH, JOHN E.; professor emeritus, Center for Climatic Research, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

LANGMUIR, CHARLES H.; professor of geochemistry, department of earth and planetary sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

LENSKI, RICHARD E.; John A. Hannah Professor of Microbial Ecology, department of microbiology and molecular genetics, and director, graduate program in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior, Michigan State University, East Lansing

LIN, ROBERT P.; professor of physics, department of physics, and director, Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley

MARLETTA, MICHAEL A.; Aldo DeBenedictis Professor of Chemistry, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, department of chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

MCDERMOTT, ANN E.; professor of chemistry, department of chemistry, Columbia University, New York City

MILGROM, PAUL B.; Shirley R. and Leonard W. Ely Jr. Professor of Humanities and Sciences, and professor of economics, department of economics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

NOVICK, RICHARD P.; investigator, Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine, and professor of medicine and microbiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York City

O'CONNELL, JAMES E.; director, Archaeological Center, and professor and chair, department of anthropology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

O'DONNELL, MICHAEL E.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and professor, Laboratory of DNA Replication, Rockefeller University, New York City

ONUCHIC, JOSE N.; co-director, Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, and professor of physics, department of physics, University of California, San Diego

ORR-WEAVER, TERRY L.; member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and professor of biology, department of biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

PAGE, LYMAN A. JR.; Henry DeWolf Smyth Professor of Physics, department of physics, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

PATTERSON, DAVID A.; professor of computer science, University of California, Berkeley

PLUMMER, E. WARD; Distinguished Professor of Physics, department of physics and astronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

RAETZ, CHRISTIAN R.H.; George Barth Geller Professor of Biochemistry, department of biochemistry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

RAVETCH, JEFFREY V.; Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Professor, and head, Laboratory of Genetics and Immunology, Rockefeller University, New York City

RESKIN, BARBARA F.; S. Frank Miyamoto Professor of Sociology, department of sociology, University of Washington, Seattle

RIGGS, ARTHUR D.; Director, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, Duarte, Calif.

RUSSELL, DAVID W.; McDermott Distinguished Professor, and professor, department of molecular genetics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

SAMPSON, ROBERT J.; Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, department of sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

SAUNDERS, JOHN W. JR.; professor emeritus, department of biological sciences, State University of New York, Albany

SHOCHET, MELVYN J.; Elaine M. and Samuel D. Kersten Jr. Distinguished Service Professor in Physical Sciences, and professor, department of physics, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago

STEIDEL, CHARLES C.; Dubridge Professor of Astronomy, department of astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

THIEMENS, MARK H.; dean, division of physical sciences, professor of chemistry, and Chancellor's Associates Chair, department of chemistry and biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

TIRRELL, DAVID A.; Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, and chair, division of chemistry and chemical engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

VOICULESCU, DAN-VIRGIL; professor of mathematics, department of mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

WING, ELIZABETH S.; curator of zooarchaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History, and professor of anthropology and of zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville

WOOSLEY, STANFORD E.; professor of astronomy and astrophysics, department of astronomy and astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

WU, CARL; chief, Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

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

BAI, CHUNLI; vice president, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (People's Republic of China)

BOON, THIERRY; director, Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research, Brussels (Belgium)

BRAGINSKY, VLADIMIR B.; research professor, Moscow State University, Moscow (Russia)

CARLESON, LENNART A.E.; professor emeritus, department of mathematics, University of Uppsala (Sweden)

DAVIDOVICH, LUIZ; professor of physics, Institute of Physics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

DE ARAUJO, ALOISIO PESSOA; professor, Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

DE LANGE, TITIA; Leon Hess Professor, Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, Rockefeller University, New York City (Netherlands)

DEL PINO, EUGENIA M.; professor, School of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, Quito (Ecuador)

FRASCH, ALBERTO C.; international research scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and director, Institute for Research in Biotechnology, Universidad Nacional de San Martin (Argentina)

GADAGKAR, RAGAVENDRA; professor, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Banglore (India)

GAMKRELIDZE, THOMAS V.; president, Georgian Academy of Sciences, Tbilisi (Georgia)

GARRETT, CHRISTOPHER J. R.; Landsdowne Professor of Ocean Physics, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria (Canada and United Kingdom)

JONES, MONTY P.; executive secretary, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Accra (Ghana)

KROTO, HAROLD W.; professor, department of chemistry and biochemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee (United Kingdom)

PALACIOS, RAFAEL; Distinguished Professor, Center for Genomic Sciences, National University of Mexico, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

POZZAN, TULLIO; professor, department of biomedical sciences, University of Padova (Italy)

RAKOTOARISOA, JEAN AIMÉ; director, Institute de Civilisations Musée d'Art et d'Archeologie, and professor of geography, University of Antananarivo (Madagascar)

YUAN, LONGPING; director general, China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center, Hunan (People's Republic of China)

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