News from the National Academy of Sciences

February 5, 2015


National Academy of Sciences Elects Home Secretary and Councilors

WASHINGTON — The National Academy of Sciences has elected a home secretary and four members to serve on its governing Council.

Susan R. Wessler, Distinguished Professor of Genetics in the department of botany and plant sciences at the University of California, Riverside, has been re-elected as home secretary. Wessler will continue to be responsible for the membership activities of the Academy during her second four-year term beginning July 1, 2015.

Councilors elected to three-year terms beginning July 1, 2015, are: Sylvia T. Ceyer, head, department of chemistry, and J.C. Sheehan Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Jeffrey M. Friedman, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, The Rockefeller University; Susan Hanson, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, School of Geography, Clark University; and Peter S. Kim, member, Stanford ChEM-H and Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine. The new councilors succeed R. James Cook, Richard Lifton, Rowena Matthews, and Maria Zuber.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council—provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.

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