The National Academy of Sciences Council has endorsed Dr Marcia Kemper McNutt to succeed NAS president Ralph J Cicerone when his term ends in Mid-2016. A geophysicist, Dr McNutt is currently editor-in-chief of Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Assuming that NAS members ratify her appointment when it is put to the vote at the end of this year, she will become the first woman president of the Academy, which was established under Abraham Lincoln to advise the American people and government on science. Dr McNutt was selected as proposed new president by a nominating Committee chaired by Professor Barbara A Schaal, the NAS’s previous vice president. Prof Schaal, of Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, was the first woman to be elected NAS vice president. The current vice president is Prof Diane E Griffin, of Johns Hopkins University.
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