Nobel laureate Phillip A. Sharp, institute professor at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, has been chosen to serve as president-elect of AAAS. He will begin his one-year term as president in February 2013, at the close of the 179th AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.
Sharp, a noted molecular biologist with a focus on the genetic causes of cancer, shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of “split genes”—the finding that genes could be composed of several separate segments within DNA. His lab now focuses on the therapeutic potential of small RNA molecules that can switch genes on and off. He has co-founded two companies: Biogen (now Biogen Idec) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.
At the close of the 2012 meeting, William H. Press began a one-year term as AAAS president. Press is a professor of computer science and integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin, and member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
The former president, Nina V. Fedoroff, has begun a one-year term as chairman of the AAAS Board of Directors. Fedoroff served as the science and technology adviser to the U.S. Department of State and USAID from 2007 to 2010, and is now a distinguished visiting professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and an Evan Pugh Professor at Pennsylvania State University.
Here are the full election results, with all terms beginning 20 February 2012:
General OfficesPresident-Elect: Phillip A. SharpBoard of Directors: Bonnie L. Bassler; May R. BerenbaumCommittee on Nominations: Mary-Claire King; Barbara J. Meyer, Cherry A. Murray; Keith R. Yamamoto
Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable ResourcesChair-Elect: Susan R. McCouchMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Jo HandelsmanElectorate Nominating Committee: Candace H. Haigler; Gregory B. MartinCouncil Delegate: Maud A.W. Hinchee
Section on AnthropologyChair-Elect: John H. RelethfordMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Karen R. RosenbergElectorate Nominating Committee: David G. Anderson; Leslea J. Hlusko
Section on AstronomyChair-Elect: Sandra M. FaberMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Megan DonahueElectorate Nominating Committee: Martha P. Haynes; Bruce Margon
Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Chair-Elect: Andrew DesslerMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Alan MixElectorate Nominating Committee: Margaret Leinen; Joyce E. Penner
Section on Biological SciencesChair-Elect: Joy BergelsonMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Ellen D. KettersonElectorate Nominating Committee: Sarah Hake; Jeannie T. Lee
Section on ChemistryChair-Elect: Alfred P. SattelbergerMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Melanie SanfordElectorate Nominating Committee: Anna K. Mapp; William B. Tolman
Section on Dentistry and Oral Health SciencesChair-Elect: Paul H. KrebsbachMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Christopher H. FoxElectorate Nominating Committee: Anne George; J. Timothy Wright
Section on EducationChair-Elect: Samuel M. TaylorMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Dale Rose BakerElectorate Nominating Committee: Julia V. Clark; Judy Scotchmoor
Section on EngineeringChair-Elect: Kristina M. JohnsonMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Alan E. WillnerElectorate Nominating Committee: Linda P.B. Katehi; Gregory N. StephanopoulosCouncil Delegate: Stuart L. Cooper; Larry V. McIntire
Section on General Interest in Science and EngineeringChair-Elect: Marilee LongMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Joseph M. DeSimoneElectorate Nominating Committee: Lynne Timpani Friedmann; Barbara Gastel
Section on Geology and GeographyChair-Elect: Tim DixonMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Naomi OreskesElectorate Nominating Committee: Brenda Ekwurzel; Walter D. Mooney
Section on History and Philosophy of ScienceChair-Elect: Davis BairdMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Naomi OreskesElectorate Nominating Committee: Thomas Nickles; Robert T. PennockCouncil Delegate: Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis
Section on Industrial Science and TechnologyChair-Elect: Thomas MasonMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Benn TannenbaumElectorate Nominating Committee: Thomas Meade; Thomas P. RussellCouncil Delegate: Elizabeth R. Cantwell
Section on Information, Computing, and CommunicationChair-Elect: Eric HorvitzMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Peter A. FreemanElectorate Nominating Committee: Toni Carbo; Tom Dietterich
Section on Linguistics and Language ScienceChair-Elect: Karen EmmoreyMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Colin PhillipsElectorate Nominating Committee: Mark Aronoff; Eric Potsdam
Section on MathematicsChair-Elect: Juan C. MezaMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Sheldon KatzElectorate Nominating Committee: Carlos Castillo-Chavez; Annie Selden
Section on Medical SciencesChair-Elect: Beverly L. DavidsonMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Claire PomeroyElectorate Nominating Committee: Karen Hsiao Ashe; Katherine Amberson HajjarCouncil Delegate: Mary C. Dinauer; Katherine A. High; Nancy H. Ruddle
Section on NeuroscienceChair-Elect: Joseph T. CoyleMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Robert VassarElectorate Nominating Committee: Jeffrey L. Cummings; Michael J. Zigmond
Section on Pharmaceutical SciencesChair-Elect: Kenneth D. TewMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: John F. CarpenterElectorate Nominating Committee: Alice M. Clark; James M. Gallo
Section on PhysicsChair-Elect: Jay MarxMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: David K. CampbellElectorate Nominating Committee: Angela V. Olinto; Stuart Parkin
Section on PsychologyChair-Elect: Richard N. AslinMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Susan T. FiskeElectorate Nominating Committee: Keith J. Holyoak; Sandra R. WaxmanCouncil Delegate: Lewis P. Lipsitt
Section on Social, Economic, and Political SciencesChair-Elect: Arthur LupiaMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Eileen M. CrimminsElectorate Nominating Committee: Lynda T. Carlson; Jonathan D. MayerCouncil Delegate: Amy O. Tsui
Section on Societal Impacts of Science and EngineeringChair-Elect: Susan E. CozzensMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Ruth L. FischbachElectorate Nominating Committee: David H. DeVorkin; Doris Teichler Zallen
Section on StatisticsChair-Elect: Sally C. MortonMember-at-Large of the Section Committee: Jessica UttsElectorate Nominating Committee: Hans-Georg Müller; Javier Rojo