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UC Riverside plant cell biologist receives top scientific honor
Date:4/27/2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Jian-Kang Zhu, an internationally renowned plant cell biologist at the University of California, Riverside, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research.

Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. Zhu will be inducted into the academy next April during its 148th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

"Jian-Kang Zhu's election to the National Academy of Sciences reflects the esteem in which he is held by his colleagues, locally, nationally, and internationally," said Thomas Baldwin, the dean of UCR's College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. "It also highlights the quality of the faculty here in the college."

Zhu, elected along with 71 others, brings the number of current UCR faculty elected to NAS to five. Four additional UCR faculty members who received the honor are deceased; one faculty member who received the honor when he was at UCR is now at UC Irvine.

There are currently just over 2,000 active NAS members. Among the NAS's renowned members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright, and Alexander Graham Bell. More than 180 living NAS members have won Nobel Prizes.

"This award for Dr. Zhu demonstrates the significance of his research to the scientific community," said Jodie Holt, the chair of the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences. "Many scientists come from around the world to work in his laboratory, which is further evidence of his expertise and reputation."

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University of California - Riverside
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