May 5, 2005
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Joan W. Bennett, a professor in the department of cell and molecular biology at Tulane University, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences yesterday at its 142nd annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors for a U.S. scientist or engineer.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. A congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 established the academy as an official adviser to the federal government in matters of science or technology.
Bennett was one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 14 countries elected to the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the academy, with citizenship outside the United States. The newly elected members bring the total number of active academy members to 1,976.
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