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Joseph DeSimone elected to National Academy of Sciences

08 May 2012

SPIE Member Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been elected to National Academy of Sciences.

DeSimone, who has been highly honored for developing lithographic fabrication technologies and for achievements in nanomedicine, photolithography, chemical engineering, and entrepreneurship, is one of several optics and photonics scientists elected to the NAS in 2012.

The author or co-author of nearly 20 papers at SPIE conferences, DeSimone is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology at UNC-CH and co-principal investigator at the Carolina Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence.

The NAS on 1 May announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Among others selected for NAS membership:

  • Karl Deisserothof Stanford University, who gave a talk at SPIE Photonics West in January on advances in optogenetics
  • Marcia Rieke, Regents' Professor of Astronomy at University of Arizona Steward Observatory. Rieke is a co-author on four papers to be delivered at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation in July.
  • Bernard Sadoulet of University of California, Berkeley
  • Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation in the United States. Suresh is a co-author of a recent open-access paper in the Journal of Biomedical Optics on a new optical technique for studying sickle cell disease. In "Anisotropic light scattering of individual sickle red blood cells," an international team of researchers introduce the anisotropic Fourier transform light scattering (aFTLS) technique to measure and observe biophysical properties in the red blood cells (RBCs) of people with the inherited blood disorder.
  • Xiaowei Zhuang of Harvard University

Read more in the NAS press release.