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May 2, 2024

Qiang Fu, Raymond Huey elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced this week that a University of Washington atmospheric scientist and biologist have been elected as new members, in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

In total, there are 120 members in the U.S. and 24 international members added to the academy this year. They bring the total number of active U.S. members to 2,617 and the total number of international members to 537. Membership in the Academy is among the highest honors a scientist can achieve.

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Qiang Fu, the Calvin professor of atmospheric sciences at the UW, uses satellite observations, ground-based instruments, computer models and theory to explore how clouds affect the climate system, and how changes in different layers of the atmosphere are related to climate change.

Fu earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Beijing University and a doctorate from the University of Utah. He was on the faculty at Canada’s Dalhousie University before joining the UW in 2000, where he has been a full professor since 2006.

His previous honors include being named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the American Geophysical Union and of the American Meteorological Society. He also received the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and the AMS Jule G. Charney Medal for significant research.

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Raymond Huey, a professor emeritus of biology at the UW, focuses on evolutionary issues involving the physiology, behavior and ecology of cold-blooded animals, especially of lizards and flies. His recent research has looked at how these animals that rely on external sources of heat will be affected by climate change. Other studies have looked at the effects of altitude on mountaineers, and how baby name trends may be influenced by climate change.

Huey earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s from the University of Texas, Austin, and a doctorate from Harvard University. He joined the UW faculty in 1977 and became full professor in 1984. He was chair of the biology department from 2008 to 2011, and retired from teaching in 2014, though he continues to do research.

Huey has been honored as a Miller Research Fellow and as a J. S. Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, and is a past president of the American Society of Naturalists. He was previously elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Keiko Torii, an affiliate faculty member in biology at the UW and faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, is also among this year’s newly elected members. Torii, who was a core member of the UW faculty from 1999 to 2019, studies stem cells and plant development.

The National Academy of Sciences recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and — along with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine — provides science, engineering and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. All the new members will be formally inducted during the 2025 annual meeting.