Four Harvard-affiliated researchers were recently elected as members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The May election was held during the academy’s 142nd annual meeting.
Harvard’s newly elected members include Professor of Medicine Christophe Benoist, co-head of the Section on Immunology and Immunogenetics at Joslin Diabetes Center; Higgins Professor of Biology Daniel L. Hartl of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Professor of Cell Biology Tom A. Rapoport, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator; and Christine E. Seidman, professor of medicine and genetics, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
In addition, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at the Kennedy School of Government, was named a foreign associate of the academy. Foreign associates are nonvoting members with citizenship outside the United States.
NAS 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.
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