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

Five San Diego scientists have been elected to the influential National Academy of Sciences, a nonprofit established by Congress to advise the government on science and technology.

The five new members elected by the academy are:

Victoria Lundblad of the Salk Institute
  • Victoria Lundblad, a professor of molecular and cell biology at the Salk Institute. She studies telomeres, a segment of chromosomes that affects cell aging.
  • Harvey J. Karten, professor emeritus of neurosciences at the UC San Diego medical school. His work provided insight into the evolutionary origins of the brain cortex in mammals.
  • Julian Schroeder, a professor and Novartis chair in plant sciences at UC San Diego. He studies the basic molecular mechanisms by which plants respond to and mount resistance to environmental stresses.
  • Jeffrey Severinghaus, a professor of geosciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research raises the question of whether the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels could also produce a rapid change in climate.
  • Lisa Tauxe, a geophysicist at Scripps. She studies the history of changes in the earth’s magnetic field.

The academy is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. It was established by Congress in 1863 to provide independent, objective advice to the nation on science and technology. Members are are elected by their peers.

With this week’s election, UC San Diego has 70 members of the academy and the Salk has 14.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.