Twelve UC Researchers Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Twelve University of California researchers were elected today (May 3) to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their achievements in scientific and engineering research. Election to the academy is among the highest honors accorded to a scientist or engineer.

The UC researchers were among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 14 countries elected at the academy's 142nd annual meeting in Washington, D.C. No other university or college in the nation or world had more than six new members in this latest election.

Active NAS membership totals 1,976, and with this election, 358 members are affiliated with the University of California.

"Election to the National Academy of Sciences is an exceptional honor," said UC President Robert C. Dynes, who himself has been an NAS member since 1989 (Dynes is a physicist and an expert on semiconductors and superconductors). "The election of these researchers confirms once again the strength of our faculty in mathematics, science and engineering.

"The university's strong membership in the National Academies underscores the quality, diversity and breadth of work being conducted at UC, which is critical to California's and the nation's economic security and global competitiveness."

In February, the National Academy of Sciences announced that Ralph J. Cicerone, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, campus since 1998, was elected president of NAS, the third UC leader to serve as the academy's president. Cicerone, an atmospheric scientist, is scheduled to take office this July.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to promoting science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, which calls on the academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

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