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July 16, 2020

7 University of Washington researchers elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2020

UW News

A spring day on the University of Washington campus.Dennis Wise

Seven scientists and engineers at the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, according to an announcement July 15 by the academy. One-third of the 21 new members for 2020 hail from the UW.

The new members are lauded for “their outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement and their willingness to work on behalf of the academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington.” The academy’s current membership selected 17 of the new members, and four were chosen by virtue of their election to one of the National Academies.

New UW members who were elected by academy members are:

  • Nancy Allbritton, the Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering and professor of bioengineering, “for outstanding contributions to the design and application of microtechnologies to biomedical research, leadership in interdisciplinary research and education, and entrepreneurial excellence.”
  • Christine Luscombe, professor of chemistry and of materials science and engineering, “for the development of controlled polymerization reactions for conjugated polymers, especially alkyl-thiophenes, for organic electronics applications.” Luscombe is also a faculty member with the Clean Energy Institute, the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute and the Institute for Nano-engineered Systems.
  • David Montgomery, professor of Earth and space sciences, “for fundamental contributions to geomorphology, for the elucidation of soils, rivers, and landscapes as underpinnings of ecological systems and human societies, and for reaching broad audiences through trade books on agriculture, microbes, creationism, and fisheries.”
  • Sue Moore, research scientist at the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels in the Department of Biology, “for contributions to the understanding of Arctic marine ecosystems and pioneering the integration of Conventional Science and Indigenous Knowledge to yield better policy decisions.”
  • Ning Zheng, professor of pharmacology, “for exceptional contributions to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which ubiquitin ligases, as a new class of enzymes, control protein ubiquitination in human physiology and diseases, as well as plant growth and development.”

UW members who were chosen by virtue of their election to one of the National Academies are:

  • Elizabeth Halloran, professor of biostatistics and of epidemiology at the UW and a faculty member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, “for pioneering work in the field of designing and analyzing vaccine studies, including studies of HIV vaccines and innovative use of mathematical and statistical methods to study infectious disease.” Halloran was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.
  • Steven Kramer, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, “for contributions to geotechnical earthquake engineering, including liquefaction, seismic stability and seismic site response.” Kramer was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2020.

New members are to be inducted at the annual members meeting, which is currently scheduled for September.