Former GSA President Judith Kimble has been appointed by President Obama to chair the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. Established by Congress in 1959, the medal is considered to be the nation’s highest scientific honor and is “awarded to individuals deserving special recognition by reason of outstanding contributions to knowledge or the total impact of their work on the current state of the chemical, physical, biological, social or behavioral sciences; mathematics; or engineering.”

Judith Kimble

Judith Kimble, professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Judith Kimble, PhD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Vilas Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics, and Cell and Regenerative Biology
University of Wisconsin–MadisonGSA President, 2000
Member, GSA Public Policy Committee, 2013–present
Member, GSA Nominating Committee, 2012

GENETICS Author, 2014, 2009, 2006, 2004, 2004, 2001, 2001, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1995, 1993, 1993, 1990, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987
G3 Author, 2014

A number of GSA members have been honored with the National Medal of Science in past years.
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Cristy Gelling is a science writer, lapsed yeast geneticist, and former Communications Director at the GSA.

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