Wonderful news: Shelley Taylor elected to the National Academy of Sciences!
Distinguished Professor Shelley Taylor, one of three UCLA professors, elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences April 28 "in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research," the academy announced. UCLA now has 33 members overall.
We were alerted earlier today that Shelley Taylor has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. As you can see below, Shelley was one of three faculty members at UCLA to be recognized with this singular honor.
Congratulations, Shelley! We couldn't be more proud of you--or happier for you.
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Three UCLA Professors Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Three UCLA professors were among 72 new members elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences April 28 “in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research,” the academy announced. UCLA now has 33 members overall.
The new UCLA recipients are:
Professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
Feigon and her colleagues study nucleic acid structure and specific recognition of nucleic acids by proteins. They utilize a range of molecular biology, biochemical, and biophysical techniques to determine the three-dimensional structures of DNA and RNA, to investigate their interactions with various proteins and ligands, and to study nucleic acid folding.
Shelley E. Taylor
Distinguished professor of psychology
Taylor brings together elements of genetics, psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. She studies social relationships and how they protect against stress. An important theme in Taylor’s work is the impact of intensely stressful negative events on people’s behavior and health, and how we cope with these events. She is a founder of this area of research, and of health psychology in general. She also studies the biological benefits of social support.
S. Lawrence Zipursky
Professor of biological chemistry, and investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Zipursky studies the molecular mechanisms regulating neuronal connections, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. Drosophila has some 250,000 neurons and these are precisely interconnected by millions of synaptic connections to form neural circuits. Zipursky's research clarifies how these circuits form during development and the specific molecular labels on the surface of different neurons that provide the basis for connection specificity.
The National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863 by an act of Congress, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that calls on the academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology. The academy is a private organization of scientists and engineers “dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare.”
Additional information about the Academy and its members is available online at http://www.nasonline.org.
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