The National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of their 2017 members, including three from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The academy is the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S., established under a congressional charter signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Including the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine, the NAS provides science, technology and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.
The three newly elected members include John Cronan, Professor and Head of Microbiology and Professor of Biochemistry, who is a member of the Mining Microbial Genomes research theme; Donald Ort, Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology, USDA/ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit and Adjunct Professor of Crop Sciences who is the leader of the Genomic Ecology of Global Change research theme; and Jeffrey Moore, Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, also a member of the Biosystems Design theme.
Members are chosen by their peers for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, and will be formally inducted into the NAS at its annual meeting.