Learning and Laboratory

May 5, 2017

Communications Staff

11 alumni who are members of the National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Sciences members took part in a symposium in fall 2016.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones

A remarkable 1 percent of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) members are Oberlin alumni, and many of them conduct a range of research involving cells. Formed through legislation in 1863, the NAS recognizes and promotes the highest achievements in science, advises the government on research-related matters through the National Research Council, and publishes a scientific journal.

Twenty-four alumni are NAS members, whose work ranges from the study of RNA molecules in nerve cells to the psychology of toddlers to bacterium in the immune system. A recent symposium welcomed back 11 alumni members, who shared stories exemplifying the importance of a liberal arts curriculum.

The Oberlin Alumni Magazine talked to these NAS inductees to find out what questions drive their research.

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