The election was held this morning during the business session of the 141st annual meeting of the Academy. Election to membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 1,949.
Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States. Today's election brings the total number of foreign associates to 351.
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Newly elected members and their affiliations at the time of election are:
ALIVISATOS, ARMAND PAUL; Chancellor's Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of California, Berkeley
AMARA, SUSAN G.; Thomas Detre Professor and chair, department of neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh
BENNETZEN, JEFFREY L.; Norman Giles Professor of Genetics, University of Georgia, Athens
BERNSTEIN, JOSEPH; professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
BOBO, LAWRENCE D.; Norman Tishman and Charles M. Diker Professor of Sociology and of African and Africa