The AACR Academy serves to recognize and honor distinguished scientists whose major scientific contributions have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer. All fellows are nominated and elected through a rigorous peer-review process conducted by existing fellows of the AACR Academy and ratified by the AACR executive committee.
Only individuals whose work has had a significant and long-lasting impact on the field are eligible for election as AACR Fellows. Annually, 11 individuals are chosen to join the AACR Academy, in honor of the 11 scientists and physicians who founded the AACR in 1907.
The fellows provide expert insight and guidance to the AACR as the organization continues to pursue its mission to prevent and cure all cancers.
The election as an AACR fellow is the most recent accomplishment for Alberts, the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education. In 2014, Alberts received the National Medal of Science, the highest U.S. honor for scientific achievement.
Alberts is renowned for his discoveries on how DNA is replicated before cells divide and lauded for his work as an advocate of science and education. From 1993 to 2005, he served two six-year terms as president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). During his tenure at NAS, he was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide.
Alberts’ contribution to education includes being one of the original authors of the textbook The Molecular Biology of the Cell. The textbook is a seminal achievement in scientific publishing that has introduced countless students to the field.
The AACR will formally induct its 2016 class of elected fellows of the AACR Academy at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, to be held in New Orleans between April 16 and 20.
Read the full press release about the 2016 fellows at the AACR website.