Dr. Sallie W. Chisholm, Biological Sciences Ph.D, Graduate wins ALEXANDER AGASSIZ MEDAL from the National Academy of Sciences

DR. SALLIE W. CHISHOLM, Department of Biological Sciences graduate (Ph.D., 1974) and Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the 2010 ALEXANDER AGASSIZ MEDAL.

Dr. Chisholm is being honored for pioneering studies of the dominant photosynthetic organisms in the sea and for integrating her results into a new understanding of the global ocean. The award, which consists of a medal and $15,000 prize, recognizes original contribution in the science of oceanography. This award was one of 17 given by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of extraordinary scientific achievements in the areas of biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and psychology. Visit her MIT Lab pages.

An awards ceremony will take place on April 25 during the Academy's annual meeting. Also to be honored is EUGENIE C. SCOTT, executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), who was chosen to receive the Academy's PUBLIC WELFARE MEDAL. Scott is being honored for championing the teaching of evolution in the United States and for providing leadership to the NCSE. The medal was established to recognize distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare and has been presented since 1914.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Since 1863, the National Academy of Sciences has served to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government.” To read more about this organization: Nas Online