Sign outside the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Two UC San Diego professors and one professor emeritus from Scripps Institution of Oceanography have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, it was announced Friday.

UCSD biology professors Susan Ackerman and Bill McGinnis and Scripps professor emeritus Jeremy Jackson were elected to the organization, considered one of the highest honors for American scientists and engineers to receive.

The three professors are part of an induction class of 100 new members and 25 foreign associates.

“Membership in the National Academy of Sciences is an honor conveyed only on top scientists whose discoveries have had major impact,” said Kit Pogliano, the dean of UCSD’s Division of Biological Sciences. “The collective impact of these three individuals is remarkable and I am pleased that they have achieved the prominence and recognition afforded by being elected to the National Academy of Sciences.”

Ackerman and McGinnis also are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences while Jackson has received multiple awards for his work as an ecologist and a conservationist. Those include Harvard University’s Peterson Medal, the Darwin Medal of the International Society for Reef Studies and the BBVA International Price in Ecology and Conservation.

With the new additions, UCSD has 76 current and former faculty members in the National Academy of Sciences.

Of those inductees, 23 are from the biology department.

– City News Service

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