News from the National Academy of Sciences

April 26, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Academy of Sciences Elects New Members — Including a Record Number of Women — and International Members

WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 120 members — 59 of whom are women, the most elected in a single year — and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

“The historic number of women elected this year reflects the critical contributions that they are making in many fields of science, as well as a concerted effort by our Academy to recognize those contributions and the essential value of increasing diversity in our ranks,” said National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt.  “I am pleased to welcome all of our new members, and I look forward to engaging with them in the work of the National Academies.”

Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,461 and the total number of international members to 511. International members are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

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

Agrawal, Anurag; James Perkins Professor of Environmental Studies, department of ecology and evolutionary biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Ajtai, Miklós; IBM Emeritus Researcher, IBM Almaden Research Center, Los Gatos, Calif.

Aksoy, Serap; professor and acting chair, department of epidemiology of microbial diseases, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Conn.

Alvarez-Buylla, Arturo; Heather and Melanie Muss Chair, department of neurological surgery, University of California, San Francisco

Anderson, Robert S.; distinguished professor, department of geological sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder

Aprile, Elena; professor, department of physics, Columbia University, New York City

Bagenal, Frances; senior research scientist, laboratory for atmospheric and space physics and department of astrophysical and planetary sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder

Baker, Barbara; senior scientist, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Albany, Calif.

Balazs, Anna C.; John A. Swanson Chair, Swanson School of Engineering, and distinguished professor, department of chemical and petroleum engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Baric, Ralph S.; William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor, department of epidemiology, and professor, department of microbiology and immunology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Bartolomei, Marisa S.; Perelman Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and co-director, epigenetics program, department of cell and developmental biology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia

Beckerle, Mary C.; chief executive officer and director, Huntsman Cancer Institute; and distinguished professor of biology and associate vice president for cancer affairs, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Belnap, Jayne; senior scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Moab, Utah

Bernanke, Ben S.; distinguished fellow in residence, economic studies, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

Bertrand, Marianne; Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, Chicago

Birman, Joan S.; emeritus research professor, department of mathematics, Barnard College, New York City

Blackmond, Donna G.; professor and chair, department of chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

Bloom, Kerry S.; Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor and chair, department of biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Boebinger, Gregory S.; director, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and professor, department of physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee

Brinker, C. Jeffrey; laboratory fellow, Sandia National Laboratories; and distinguished and regent’s professor, department of chemical and biological engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Buonanno, Alessandra; director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany

Cao, Hui; professor, department of applied physics, Becton Center, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Card, David; Class of 1950 Professor of Economics, department of economics, University of California, Berkeley

Chang, Ta Yuan; professor, department of biochemistry and cell biology, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.

Chen, Lieping; United Technologies Corporation Professor in Cancer Research and professor, departments of immunobiology, dermatology, and medicine (medical oncology), Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Constantin, Peter; director, program in applied and computational mathematics, and John Von Neumann Professor, department of mathematics, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

D'Andrea, Alan; The Fuller-American Cancer Society Professor, department of radiation oncology, Harvard Medical School; and director, Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston

DellaPenna, Dean; university distinguished professor and MSU Foundation Professor, department of biochemistry and molecular biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Deser, Clara; senior scientist and section head, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo.

Di Fiore, Anthony; professor and chair, department of anthropology, University of Texas, Austin

Dimopoulos, Savas; Hamamoto Family Professor, department of physics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Dustin, Michael L.; professor of molecular immunology and director of research, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Elkins-Tanton, Linda T.; managing director, Interplanetary Initiative, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe

Elson, Elliot L.; alumni endowed professor emeritus, department of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Fischer, Debra; professor, department of astronomy, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Fitzgerald, Katherine A.; professor, department of medicine, and Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester

Fredrickson, Glenn H.; Mitsubishi Chemical Chair in Functional Materials, department of chemical engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Freedman, Daniel Z.; professor emeritus of applied mathematics and physics, department of mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; visiting professor, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Frydman, Judith; professor of genetics, and Donald Kennedy Chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Fuselier, Stephen A.; executive director, space science directorate, space science and engineering division, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio

Gagliardi, Laura; Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor, department of chemistry, and director, James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago

Gelfand, Michele J.; distinguished university professor, department of psychology, University of Maryland, College Park

Gentner, Dedre; Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor of Psychology, department of psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Ghosh, Sankar; Silverstein and Hutt Family Professor and chair, department of microbiology and immunology, Columbia University, New York City

Gladyshev, Vadim N.; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; and director of Redox Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston

Glass, N. Louise; professor and chair, department of plant and microbial biology, University of California, Berkeley

Griffin, Robert G.; Arthur Amos Noyes Professor, department of chemistry, and director, Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Grigorieff, Nikolaus; professor, RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester

Guth, Larry; Claude Shannon Professor, department of mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Hanson, Maureen R.; Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor, department of molecular biology and genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Heitman, Joseph; James B. Duke Professor and chair, department of molecular genetics and microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.

High, Katherine A.; president, Therapeutics, AskBio, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Hilgemann, Donald W.; Roy and Christine Sturgis Chair in Biomedical Research and professor, department of physiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Hopper, Anita K.; professor, department of molecular genetics, Ohio State University, Columbus

Ingraham, Holly A.; Hertzstein Distinguished Investigator, professor, and associate vice chairman, department of cellular and molecular pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco

Jablonski, Nina G.; Evan Pugh University Professor, department of anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Jaffe, Laurinda A.; professor and chair, department of cell biology, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington

Jain, Jainendra K.; Evan Pugh University Professor and Erwin W. Mueller Professor, department of physics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Jervis, Robert; Adlai Stevenson Professor of Political Science, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York City

Karlin, Anna; Microsoft Professor and Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science and Engineering, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle

Kearns, Michael; professor, department of computer and information science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Kieber, Joseph J.; Kenan Distinguished Professor, department of biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Kitaev, Alexei Y.; Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, department of computing and mathematical sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Klevit, Rachel; professor, department of biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle

Knipe, David M.; Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, department of microbiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Kranton, Rachel E.; James B. Duke Professor of Economics, department of economics, and dean of the social sciences, Duke University, Durham, N.C.

Lange, Kenneth; Rosenfeld Professor of Computational Genetics, department of computational medicine and departments of human genetics and statistics, University of California, Los Angeles

Laurencin, Cato T.; university professor and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington

Leach, Jan E.; associate dean for research and university distinguished professor, College of Agriculture, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

LeCun, Yann; vice president and chief artificial intelligent scientist, Facebook; and Silver Professor of Computer Science, Data Science, Neural Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York University, New York City

LeVeque, Randall J.; professor emeritus, department of applied mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle

Lippman, Zachary B.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Jacob Goldfield Professor of Genetics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

Liu, David R.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences, department of chemistry and chemical biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Lovejoy, Thomas E.; university professor, department of environmental science and policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

Lovett, Susan T.; Abraham S. and Gertrude Burg Professor of Microbiology, department of biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

Mason, Nadya; director, Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow Professor in Physics, department of physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Maunsell, John H.R.; director, Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, and Albert D. Lasker Professor of Neurobiology, department of neurobiology, University of Chicago, Chicago

McDade, Thomas W.; Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology, department of anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

McSween, Harry Y., Jr.; chancellor's professor emeritus, department of earth and planetary sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Mészáros, Peter; director, Center for Particle Astrophysics, and Eberly Chair, department of astronomy and astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Moler, Kathryn A.; vice provost, dean of research, and Marvin Chodorow Professor, department of applied physics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Montañez, Isabel P.; distinguished professor and chancellor's leadership professor, department of earth and planetary sciences, University of California, Davis

Montell, Denise J.; Duggan Professor, department of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Moore, Kathryn J.; Jean and David Blechman Professor of Cardiology, department of medicine, Langone Medical Center, New York University, New York City

Moore, Tirin; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and professor, department of neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

Moran, Mary Ann; distinguished research professor and regents’ professor, department of marine sciences, University of Georgia, Athens

Morris, Stephen; Peter A. Diamond Professor in Economics, department of economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Mutz, Diana C.; director, Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics, and Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Nadel, Lynn; regents’ professor emeritus, department of psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson

Narlikar, Geeta J.; professor, department of biochemistry and biophysics, University of California, San Francisco

Nuzzo, Ralph G.; G.L. Clark Professor of Analytical Chemistry and professor, department of chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Olinto, Angela V.; dean, physical science division, and Albert A. Michelson Distinguished Service Professor, department of astronomy and astrophysics, University of Chicago, Chicago

Olopade, Olufunmilayo F.; Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, department of medicine, and director, Center for Clinical Genetics and Global Health, University of Chicago, Chicago

Overbaugh, Julie; professor, human biology division and public health sciences division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle

Pescosolido, Bernice A.; distinguished professor, department of sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington

Petzold, Linda; distinguished professor, department of computer science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Phillips, Margaret A.; The Sam G. Winstead and F. Andrew Bell Distinguished Chair in Biochemistry and professor, department of biochemistry and department of pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Pickett, Steward T.A.; distinguished senior scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, N.Y.

Przeworski, Adam; Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Politics, department of politics, New York University, New York City

Rabalais, Nancy N.; Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography and Wetland Studies and professor, department of oceanography and coastal sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Reid, Robin S.; professor, department of ecosystem science and sustainability, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Rickford, John R.; J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Linguistics and the Humanities, emeritus, department of linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Robinson, Gregory H.; UGA Foundation Distinguished Professor, department of chemistry, University of Georgia, Athens

Rothenberg, Ellen V.; distinguished professor, division of biology and biological engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Salmon, Edward D.; professor, department of biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sargent, Anneila I.; Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, emeritus, division of physics, mathematics, and astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Sessler, Jonathan L.; R.P. Doherty Jr.-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry and professor, department of chemistry, University of Texas, Austin

Shaw, Ruth G.; professor, department of ecology, evolution, and behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Shepherd, J. Marshall; Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program, University of Georgia, Athens

Sherwood, Chet C.; professor, department of anthropology, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Simon, M. Celeste; Arthur H. Rubenstein MBBCh Professor, department of cell and developmental biology, and scientific director, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Staffilani, Gigliola; Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor, department of mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Theriot, Julie A.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Chief Scientific Advisor, Allen Institute for Cell Science; and professor, department of biology, University of Washington, Seattle

Turelli, Michael; distinguished professor and Joel Keizer Endowed Chair in Theoretical and Computational Biology, department of evolution and ecology, University of California, Davis

van der Donk, Wilfred A.; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair, department of chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Wasielewski, Michael R.; Clare Hamilton Hall Professor, department of chemistry, and executive director, Institute for Sustainability and Energy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

White, Eileen; professor, department of molecular biology and biochemistry, and associate director for basic science, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Wong, Rachel O.; professor and chair, department of biological structure, University of Washington, Seattle

Wright, Dawn J.; chief scientist, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Redlands, Calif.

Zweibel, Ellen G.; W.L. Kraushaar Professor of Astronomy and Physics, department of astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Newly elected international members, their affiliations at the time of election and their country of citizenship are:

Armesto, Juan J.; full professor, department of ecology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)

Ban, Nenad; professor, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics, and deputy director, Centre for Molecular Structure and Mechanism, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Croatia)

Bateman, Ian J.; professor of environmental economics and director, Land, Environment, Economics, and Policy Institute, University of Exeter (United Kingdom)

Bismut, Jean-Michel; professor, department of mathematics, Université Paris-Sud (France)

Borgerhoff Mulder, Monique; department of human behavior, ecology, and culture, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (The Netherlands)

Borrero, Luis A.; emeritus professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires; and emeritus investigator and deputy director, Instituto Multidisciplinario de Historia, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (Argentina)

Brassard, Gilles; professor, department of computer science and operations research , Université de Montréal (Canada)

Bustamante, Mercedes; professor, department of ecology, University of Brasilia (Brazil)

Carrasco, Marisa; Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science and Collegiate Professor, New York University (Mexico)

Cates, Michael E.; Lucasian Professor of Mathematics and Royal Society Research Professor, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Christensen, Ulrich; director, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Germany)

Christensen-Dalsgaard, Joergen; head of the Stellar Astrophysics Center and professor, department of physics and astronomy, Aarhus University (Denmark)

Dennis, Elizabeth S.; chief research scientist and CSIRO Fellow, division of plant industry, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization; distinguished professor school of life science, faculty of science, University of Technology Sydney  (Australia)

Drucker, Daniel J.; senior scientist, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital; and professor of medicine, University of Toronto  (Canada)

Eisenstein, Odile; professor emerita, Institut Charles Gerhardt, Université de Montpellier (France)

Enjuanes, Luis; laboratory head and research professor, National Center for Biotechnology, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Spain)

Felser, Claudia A.; director, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (Germany)

Fettiplace, Robert; professor, department of neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison (United Kingdom)

Heard, Edith; professor and director general, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany (United Kingdom)

Kahmann, Regine; professor, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology (Germany)

Kang, Le; president, Hebei University; and director, CAS Center for Excellence in Biotic Interactions, and president, Beijing Institutes of Life Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (People's Republic of China)

Keller, Ursula; full professor, department of physics, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

Kewley, Lisa J.; professor, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and director, ASTRO3D, Australian National University (Australia)

Oldroyd, Giles E.; Russel R. Geiger Professor of Crop Science, University of Cambridge; and director of the Crop Science Centre (United Kingdom)

Reyes-Garcia, Victoria; ICREA Research Professor, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)

Rizzi, Luigi; professor of general linguistics, Collège de France; and professor of linguistics, University of Siena (Italy)

Robertson, Elizabeth J.; Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and professor of developmental biology, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Tsay, Yi-Fang; distinguished research fellow, Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (Taiwan)

Vogel, Viola; professor, department of health sciences and technology, and head, Laboratory of Applied Mechanobiology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Germany)

Wagner, Erwin F.; university professor, department of dermatology and department of laboratory medicine, Medical University of Vienna (Austria)



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