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Four Berkeley Lab Researchers Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Four Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists have been elected to the 2013 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary society founded in 1780 to recognize leading “thinkers and doers.”

The new members affiliated with Berkeley Lab are Frances Hellman and Don Tilley of the Materials Sciences and Chemical Sciences Division respectively, Susan Marqusee of the Physical Biosciences Division, and Hitoshi Murayama of the Physics Division. All four also hold joint appointments as professors at the University of California, Berkeley.

They are among a class of 198 new members that include actors Robert De Niro and Sally Field, singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen, and astronaut John Glenn, among others. For a full list, go here.

Hitoshi Murayama

Hitoshi Murayama

Hitoshi Murayama of Berkeley Lab’s Physics Division is Professor of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley and Director of Japan’s Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe. His theories contemplate neutrino mass and matter-antimatter asymmetry, physics scenarios at accelerators, complementarity between dark matter experiments, and many other topics.

Susan Marqusee

Susan Marqusee

Susan Marqusee is a Faculty Scientist at Berkeley Lab and the Warren C. Eveland Endowed Chair Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and director of the UC Berkeley branch of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). She works towards a better understanding of the structural and dynamic information encoded in amino acids.


Frances Hellman

Frances Hellman is a physicist who is recognized as a leading expert in nanocalorimetry. Her research focuses on properties of novel magnetic and superconducting materials. She is a Professor and Chair of Physics at UC Berkeley, and collaborates closely with Berkeley Lab’s Center for X-Ray Optics.


Don Tilley

And  Don Tilley, a chemist who studies novel inorganic and organometallic systems, is well known for his work in catalysis. At Berkeley Lab he has developed a program based on the molecular design and synthesis of advanced materials. He is a Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and co-leads a project on molecular catalysis at the Berkeley Lab-affiliated Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.

Berkeley Lab now has 17 scientists who are members of the Academy. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony in October at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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