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May 18, 2009

National Academy of Sciences Elects 35 Sigma Xi Members

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - The National Academy of Sciences elected 35 Sigma Xi members this spring among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

The spring election brings the total number of active members to 2,150 and foreign associates to 404. The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare.

It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

New Members

Rafi Ahmed (SX 1974), professor of microbiology and immunology, and director, Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University.

Lorena S. Beese (SX 1985), James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry, Duke University Medical Center.

Gary G. Borisy (SX 1988), director and CEO, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory.

Marian B. Carlson (SX 1973), professor of genetics, development and microbiology, Columbia University.

Susan N. Coppersmith (SX 1978), professor of physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Percy A. Deift (SX 1974), professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

Dennis Dougherty (SX 1976), George Grant Hoag Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology.

Alexei V. Filippenko (SX 1991), Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, University of California, Berkeley.

Allan Gibbard (SX 1963), Richard B. Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Doug Hanahan (SX 1976), professor of biochemistry and biophysics, University of California, San Francisco.

Caroline S. Harwood (SX 1976), professor of microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle.

John E. Hopcroft (SX 1966), professor of computer science, Cornell University.

Thomas J. R. Hughes (SX 1975), Mathematics Chair III, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, and professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, University of Texas, Austin.

Ralph R. Isberg (SX 1977), professor of molecular biology and microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine.

Rakesh K. Jain (SX 1978), Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology and director, Edwin L. Steele Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

David L. Kohlstedt (SX 1970), Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor of Geology and Geophysics and head, Winchell School of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota.

Charles F. Manski (SX 1970), Board of Trustees Professor in Economics, Northwestern University.

David E. Meyer (SX 1990), professor of psychology, cognition and perception program, department of psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

François M. M. Morel (SX 1971), director, Center for Environmental Bioinorganic Chemistry, and Albert G. Blanke Jr. Professor of Geosciences, Princeton University.

Ellen S. Mosley-Thompson (SX 1988), professor of geography and senior research scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University.

Daniel G. Nocera (SX 1984), Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and professor of chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Baldomero M. Olivera (SX 1965), Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Utah.

Christos Papadimitriou (SX 1976), C. Lester Hogan Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley.

Dinshaw J. Patel (SX 1963), Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Chair in Experimental Physics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Mu-ming Poo (SX 1994), Paul Licht Distinguished Professor in Biology, University of California, Berkeley.

Alexander S. Raikhel (SX 1981), professor of entomology, University of California, Riverside.

Robert E. Ricklefs (SX 1996), Curators Professor of Biology, University of Missouri.

Adam G. Riess (SX 1992), professor of physics and astronomy, Johns Hopkins University.

Frank J. Sciulli (SX 1961), Pupin Professor of Physics Emeritus, Columbia University.

John W. Sedat (SX 1965), professor of biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco.

Eric D. Siggia (SX 1971), professor, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, Rockefeller University.

Wing H. Wong (SX 1981), professor of statistics, health research and policy, Stanford University.

New Foreign Associates

Paul B. Corkum (SX 1967), director, Institute for Molecular Sciences, National Research Council of Canada.

Jun Kondo (SX 1993), emeritus adviser, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan.

Hee-Sup Shin (SX 1980), director, Center for Neural Science, Korea Institute of Science and Technology.

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Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers. Membership is by invitation, in recognition of research potential or achievement. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist, the non-profit Society awards hundreds of grants annually to student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.


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