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Leaders in Science Join Upcoming Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Oldest Science Foundation in America

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Research Corporation for Science Advancement (, the oldest foundation in the United States devoted wholly to science, and the second-oldest overall (after the Carnegie Corporation), today announced the members of its Honorary Centennial Observance Committee. The Committee, which will help celebrate the foundation's 100th Anniversary in 2012, is comprised of some of the most renowned leaders in science, scientific research, and science policy and advocacy in America. They include the following:

Honorary Centennial Observance Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Ralph Cicerone – President of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Charles Vest – President of the National Academy of Engineering

Honorary Centennial Observance Committee

  • Bruce Alberts – Editor-in-Chief of Science; former President of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Paula S. Apsel – Senior Executive Producer of PBS's "NOVA" and NOVA scienceNOW
  • Norman R. Augustine – former Undersecretary of the U.S. Army; former President and CEO of Lockheed Martin; leader of the "Gathering Storm" Initiative
  • Larry Bock – Executive Director of the USA Science & Engineering Festival
  • Don V. Budinger – Founder and Former President of Rodel, Inc.; Chair of the Rodel Foundations
  • Ursula M. Burns – Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation
  • Thomas R. Cech – 1989 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder; former President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Vicki Chandler – Chief Science Program Officer of the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation; former Director of the Bio5 Institute at the University of Arizona
  • Mariette DiChristina – Editor in Chief of Scientific American
  • Ira Flatow – Producer and Host of NPR's "Science Friday"
  • The Honorable Ralph Hall – United States Representative from Texas; Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee
  • William Harris – CEO of Science Foundation Arizona
  • Dudley Herschbach – 1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University
  • Shirley Ann Jackson – President of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Alan I. Leshner – President and CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Shirley M. Malcom – Director of Science Education for the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Corey S. Powell – Editor-in-Chief of Discover
  • Ellis Rubenstein – President & CEO of The New York Academy of Sciences
  • Janet Zucker – Film Producer; Founding Member and Principal Partner in Mann Management
  • Jerry Zucker – Film Director & Producer

Centennial activities scheduled for 2012 will kick off with a celebration in February in Tucson, AZ, where the foundation is based, and continue with a Gala in Washington, DC in March, at which science leaders and policymakers from across the country will gather. Centennial events will continue with additional activities across the country in the year-long celebration.


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