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US National Academy inducts new class

nas-einstein.jpgThe US National Academy of Sciences announced its newest class of 72 members yesterday.

From this biology reporter’s perspective, though, the biggest name is one of the 15 newly inducted foreign associate members, Shinya Yamanaka, a stem cell biology pioneer at the University of Kyoto, Japan. His 2006 and 2007 Cell papers describing the creation of mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cells have already racked up nearly 6,000 citations.

Other bold-faced names among the new inductees include Harvard Medical School geneticist George Church and University of Chicago evolutionary biologist and author Neil Shubin.

You can see a full list of the inductees here.

Those hoping to gain a place in the academy may also want to familiarize themselves with the 10-step path to membership, depicted in a handy flowchart. Good luck.

Image of Albert Einstein sculpture outside of the NAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. courtesy of krossbow via Flickr under Creative Commons


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