May 6, 2011


Good Morning:

I am fond of saying that Tulane University faculty members are among the world's greatest.

Thomas Friedman and Skip WilsonThis week I received more validation of that claim when John Perdew, professor of physics in the School of Science and Engineering, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the Academy is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. New members are elected to the Academy for life by current members, adding the prestige of peer recognition to this singular honor.

Established by an Act of Congress signed by Abraham Lincoln at the height of the Civil War, the National Academy of Sciences advises the White House, Congress and government agencies on scientific matters, such as climate change, that are critical to policy decisions.

With nearly 70,000 citations in scientific journals referring to his research, John is also among the world's most-cited physicists. Such citations are another widely used measure of the global impact of a scientist's work.

You can rub elbows with John and other current and future world-famous stars at Commencement 2011 this Thursday, May 12. See you there.

Have a great weekend,


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