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Old Souther Paula Hammond elected to National Academy of Sciences

Old South member Paula T. Hammond was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Dr. Hammond is the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT; a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the MIT Energy Initiative; and a founding member of the MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology. Previously, she has been elected into the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The National Academy of Sciences was established by an Act of Congress and signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to provide independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. According to their website, "Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research...Nearly 500 members of the NAS have won Nobel Prizes, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1914, is today one of the premier international journals publishing the results of original research."

Congratulations to Dr. Hammond for this incredible, outstanding achievement. We couldn't be more proud.