National Academy of Sciences Elects Members and Foreign Associates; Historic Number of Women Elected to Its Membership

The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 100 new members and 25 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Forty percent of the newly elected members are women—the most ever elected in any one year to date.

Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,347 and the total number of foreign associates to 487. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

Three members of the planetary science community were elected into the NAS:

Farquhar, James; professor, department of geology and earth systems science, Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland, College Park.

Newman, Dianne K.; professor of biology and geobiology, division of geological and planetary sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.

Valley, John W.; Charles R. Hise Professor, department of geoscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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