The honorary lifetime appointment recognizes Yates' extraordinary service to the National Academies and the Council of the National Academy of Sciences, through her service on committees and in the reviewing of research papers and reports to ensure their scientific rigor.
"Marylynn has spent countless hours serving as a member of committees of the National Research Council and as a reviewer of NRC reports," wrote Walter J. Farmer, professor and chair in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UC Riverside. "The National Academies recognize this level of service as essential to meeting their charge in advising government and the public on matters of science, technology and health."
Yates was a panel member on water system security research in 2003; from 2002 to 2004, she was a committee member studying indicators of waterborne diseases; in 2002, Yates was a consultant to a committee on restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem; and from 1999 to 2002, she was a member of the Committee to Improve the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment Program. In addition, Yates recently completed a review of a just-released NRC report titled Regional Cooperation for Water Quality Improvement in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
According to Bruce Alberts, chairman of the National Research Council, Yates is one of the "dedicated individuals who serve pro bono publico on committees of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine."
"This service is valued, honored, and appreciated both within the National Academies and by government and the public at large." Alberts wrote in a letter informing Yates of the appointment.