WASHINGTON, July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Society for Science & the Public unveiled a new Honorary Board made up of distinguished scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators who are recognized leaders in their field. The Board will provide the Society with strategic guidance and input on scientific issues of importance to the Society. A majority of the 22-member board are alumni of two of the Society's science competitions, the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Science Talent Search (STS), now sponsored by Regeneron.
"I am honored to have this incredible group of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators helping to guide the Society for Science & the Public as we move forward into our second century," said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News. "Their combined expertise is extraordinary; they have broken down barriers, disrupted industries and made ground breaking scientific discoveries. The Society for Science & the Public will benefit greatly from their guidance and wisdom."
"As the Society continues to grow, we look forward to receiving guidance from the top scientific minds of our time. The Honorary Board is comprised of dedicated leaders who have given their support and commitment to the Society and our mission to inform, educate and inspire," said H. Robert Horvitz, Chairman of the Society's Board of Trustees.
The inaugural Honorary Board:
Angelika Amon, Ph.D. Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Frances Arnold, Ph.D. Linus Pauling Professor, California Institute of Technology and Director, Rosen Bioengineering Center Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2018
Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California San Francisco Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2009
Vinton G. Cerf, Ph.D. Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Walter Gilbert, Ph.D. Carl M. Loeb University Professor Emeritus and Chair of the Society of Fellows, Harvard University Artist Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1980 1949 Science Talent Search
Sheldon Lee Glashow, Ph.D. Higgins Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Harvard University Metcalf Professor of Mathematics & the Sciences, Emeritus, Boston University Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979 1950 Science Talent Search
Brian Greene, Ph.D. Professor Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University Co-Founder, World Science Festival 1980 Science Talent Search 1980 International Science and Engineering Fair
John L. Hall, Ph.D. Professor Adjoint in the Physics Department of the University of Colorado/Boulder Nobel Prize in Physics, 2005 1952 Science Talent Search
Elissa Hallem, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles
Dudley Herschbach, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University Noble Prize in Chemistry, 1986
Marcian (Ted) Hoff, Ph.D. Co-inventor of the Microprocessor 1954 Science Talent Search
Roald Hoffmann, Ph.D. Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus, Cornell University Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1981 1955 Science Talent Search
Leroy (Lee) Hood, M.D., Ph.D. Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist at Providence St. Joseph Health, Seattle Co-founder, Professor and Chief Strategic Officer at the Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle 1956 Science Talent Search
Martin Karplus, Ph.D. Theodore William Richards Professor Emeritus, Harvard University Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2013 1947 Science Talent Search
Eric S. Lander, D.Phil. President and Founding Director, Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University 1974 Science Talent Search
Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. University Professor Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Professor of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering Director, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences Chief Executive Officer, The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering The University of Connecticut
Paul L. Modrich, Ph.D. James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry, Duke University Medical Center Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2015 1964 Science Talent Search 1964 International Science and Engineering Fair
Lisa Randall, Ph.D. Frank J. Baird, Jr., Professor of Physics, Harvard University 1980 Science Talent Search
Henry Samueli, Ph.D. Chairman, Broadcom, Inc. Chairman, Broadcom Foundation
Frank Wilczek, Ph.D. Herman Feshback Professor of Physics, Center for Theoretical Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Founding Director, T.D. Lee Institute, and Chief Scientist, Wilczek Quantum Center Distinguished Origins Professor, Arizona State University Professor of Physics, Stockholm University Nobel Prize in Physics, 2004 1967 Science Talent Search
George Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D. President and Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron 1976 Science Talent Search
Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Director, the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital The Board's members will serve three-year terms, with nominations made by the Board of Trustees, Society Executive Team and other Honorary Board Members.
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