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IDIES Director Alex Szalay elected to National Academy of Sciences

On May 2nd, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced the names of 2023’s newly elected members at the 160th Annual NAS Meeting in Washington, DC.

IDIES Director, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, and professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department and Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, Alex Szalay was among the 120 scientists and scholars granted membership to the distinguished society tasked with ensuring the advancement and application of science within the United States.

Established in 1863 by Act of Congress, the NAS exists to inform public policy decisions by providing an impartial, objective, and research-informed voice. An independent, private, non-profit organization, the NAS consists of over 2,400 active members, with an additional 500 international members holding citizenship outside of the U.S. New members are selected annually via nomination, extensive vetting, and voting by current members.

Membership within the NAS is widely revered as one of the highest accolades attainable for American scientists—over 190 NAS members are also Nobel Prize winners.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Szalay on this momentous achievement and recognition for his work in data-intensive research computing and beyond.