Five scientists have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. They are among 120 members and 26 international members elected.
The newly elected members from HMS are:
Joel Habener, professor of medicine and chief of the laboratory of molecular endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital
Judy Lieberman, professor of pediatrics and chair of cellular and molecular medicine at Boston Children's Hospital
Other Harvard faculty elected this year include: Dennis Gaitsgory, professor of mathematics, Michael Kremer, the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics and Wilfried Schmid, professor of mathematics.
The National Academy of Sciences is a nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine—provides science, engineering, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. The National Academy of Sciences charter commits the Academy to provide scientific advice to the government “whenever called upon” by any government department. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community.