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UC Riverside geneticist elected home secretary of the National Academy of Sciences
Date:2/10/2011

recipient of the Creative Research Medal (1991) and the Lamar Dodd Creative Research Award (1997) from the University of Georgia. In addition she was the first recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award (2007) from the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA). She is on the Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of American and the Rosalind Franklin Society.

Wessler is co-author of The Mutants of Maize (Cold Spring Harbor Press) and of more than 120 research articles. She is one of the principle authors of Introduction to Genetic Analysis, a leading textbook used in introductory genetics courses in colleges and universities throughout the world. In addition, she is an Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is on the Editorial Board of Current Opinions in Plant Biology and on the Board of Reviewing Editors of the journal Science.

The NAS is a private, nonprofit organization established by an act of Congress in 1863 to elect to membership outstanding scientists and engineers and to serve as an independent advisor to the federal government on issues of science and technology. Its current membership totals some 2,100 and with its sister institutions, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine it oversees the work of the National Research Council.


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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
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951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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