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Meselson named NYAS honorary life member

Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences Matthew Meselson was recently named an honorary life member of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Honorary life membership is a distinction conferred on a very limited number of scientists who have made, according to the academy, “outstanding contributions to the advancement of science.”

Meselson, who was selected based upon the recommendation of his peers, has been invited to a Sept. 29 dinner at the academy in honor of this year’s fellows and honorary life members.

College junior elected to JASC executive committee

Harvard junior Sheehan Scarborough was recently elected to the American Executive Committee of the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), the longest-running student-led exchange program between the two countries. Scarborough, who represented Harvard in roundtable discussions, field trips, and cultural exchanges this summer throughout Japan, will join a team of 16 committee members to plan next year’s program in the United States.

Two professors appointed PBK Visiting Scholars

Erving Research Professor of Chemistry William A. Klemperer and Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science Steven Shapin have been named Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Visiting Scholars for the 2005-06 academic year. The two join 11 other distinguished scholars to be selected by the society for this program.

As visiting scholars, Klemperer and Shapin will spend two days at more than a dozen different universities and colleges that have PBK chapters. The two will meet with undergraduates, participate in classroom lectures and seminars, and deliver a major address open to the entire academic community.

Klemperer will visit the University of Virginia, Coe College, Luther College, Syracuse University, Hendrix College, Hamilton College, Gettysburg College, and the University of Maine. Shapin, meanwhile, will travel to Southwestern University, Bates College, College of William & Mary, University of Tennessee, University of Miami, Reed College, Claremont McKenna College, and Ohio University.

Budson elected to NCRW board

This past summer, the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) unanimously elected Victoria Budson, executive director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, to its board of directors.

“Victoria’s commitment and experience in ensuring that women’s lives are part of the national dialogue and the policy arena are critical to advancing women’s leadership,” said NCRW president Linda Basch.

Glamour magazine salutes senior Vasan

Harvard senior Nina Vasan of Vienna, W.Va., was recently named one of Glamour magazine’s Top Ten College Women. Vasan is being recognized for her dedication to medical research and public policy as well as founding the American Cancer Society Teens.

Each winner receives a cash prize, a trip to New York, opportunities to meet with top professionals in a variety of fields, national recognition in the magazine, and a gift basket from L’Oréal Paris. The 10 winners are profiled in an editorial feature in the Glamour October 2005 issue and were honored at an awards ceremony earlier this month.

Four Harvard affiliates awarded ACLS fellowships

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has announced that four Harvard affiliates are among its new fellowship winners. They include Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student Wendy Ikemoto (Terra Foundation Fellows in American Art); Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations Melissa McCormick (ACLS Fellowship Program); doctoral candidate Katherine Rieder (Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art); and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art Eugene Wang (Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships).

This year ACLS awarded fellowships totaling nearly $5 million to 139 American scholars from 102 institutions.

– Compiled by Andrew Brooks