Science Editor-In-Chief Marcia Mcnutt Set To Become First Woman To Lead U.S. National Academy Of Sciences
(Click to enlarge) The Council of the National Academy of Sciences approved the nomination of Marcia McNutt to be elected president of the Academy, succeeding President Ralph Cicerone when his term ends on July 1, 2016. (Credit: AAAS)
Science editor-in-chief Marcia McNutt, a geophysicist who has served as editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals since 2013, today was nominated to stand for election as next president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
(From Science / by Marianne Lavelle) — If elected, as expected, McNutt would become the first woman to head the U.S. government’s premier science advisory organization, which was founded in 1863. McNutt is slated to take the helm at NAS on July 1, 2016, when current president Ralph J. Cicerone ends his second term, the Council of the NAS said in a statement. Cicerone, an atmospheric scientist, has served as president since 2005. McNutt plans to remain at the helm of the Science journals until she formally takes the NAS post.
In a statement, McNutt said she was “immensely honored” to be nominated to lead the NAS, an organization that she said “represents the highest standards of scientific honesty, quality, and integrity.”
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