Claire Max, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at University of California, Santa Cruz, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to furthering science and its use for the general welfare by acting as an official adviser to the federal government in matters of science or technology.
Max's research focuses on astronomical applications of adaptive optics and she is active in the development of advanced adaptive optics systems for large current and future ground-based telescopes. A member of SPIE, Max is a chair of the conference on Adaptive Optics Systems at the upcoming SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008 (see http://spie.org/as), to be held 23-28 June in Marseille, France. She is author or coauthor of more than 35 papers in SPIE conferences since 1994.