UF Faculty in the National Academy of Sciences:

Linda M. Bartoshuk
Election Year: 2003
NAS Section: Psychology
Research/Expertise: Bartoshuk is a leading psychologist who studies the genetic variation in taste perception, oral pain, and taste disorders. She has demonstrated that inhibitory processes underlie normal and abnormal tastes, and that individual human taste differences are based on an incomplete dominant gene. She has also shown that those who experience the most intense taste have an especially large number of fungiform papaillae on their tongue.

Kenneth Berns  (Retired)
Election Year: 1995
NAS Section: Microbial Biology
Research/Expertise: molecular biology of adeno-associated virus, AAV as a vector for gene therapy Citation: Berns has pioneered research on the mechanism of viral replication. He has been a major contributor to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying replication of single-stranded viral DNA, the integration of viral DNA into the host-cell genome, and viral latency.

Robert Cousins
Election Year: 2000
NAS Section: Animal, Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences
Research/Expertise: nutritional biochemistry and genomics, Zinc metabolism, transport and function, Zinc metallobiochemistry
Citation: Cousins is internationally recognized as a leading authority and investigator of zinc nutrition, metabolism, and function. He defined the hormonal and nutritional factors that regulate zinc metabolism at the cellular and molecular level and thereby significantly improved our understanding of the biological, nutritional, and clinical importance of this micronutrient.

Roy Curtiss, III
Election Year: 2001
NAS Section: Animal, Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences
Research/Expertise: I endeavor to understand the genetic and biochemical bases of pathogenicity of Salmonella typhimurium, S. typhi, S. paratyphi A, and Escherichia coli. Emphasis is on understanding the genetic control over persistence in and transmissibility from the ambient environment, attachment to and persistence on eukaryotic surfaces (colonization), invasion of and persistence and multiplication in tissues, and host specificity. Studies are in progress to understand how genes for virulence properties are regulated in response to ambient environmental stresses and to different compartments in the infected eukaryotic host. Other studies use attenuated Salmonella strains expressing virulence determinants (i.e., protective antigens) from other pathogens as vectors to home to the nasal-, bronchial- and gut-associated lymphoid tissues and induce mucosal, systemic, and cellular immunity to the pathogen whose virulence antigens are expressed by the recombinant vaccine strain. Research to improve these recombinant attenuated Salmonella antigen and DNA vaccine delivery vectors is in progress to either enhance Th1-dependent cellular immune responses or Th2-dependent humoral and mucosal immune responses. Vaccines are being designed with biological containment features to preclude their survival in nature. Various cell types, animals, and humans are used for the analysis of virulence, the immune response, and protective immunity.

David Green (Retired)
Election Year: 1978
NAS Section: Psychology
Research/Expertise: psychoacoustics, detection theory

Art Hebard
Election Year: 2017
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Lonnie Ingram
Election Year: 2001
NAS Section: Animal, Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences
Citation: Ingram is a world authority on genetically altering the metabolism of microbes so that they effectively convert plant materials into renewable fuels. His genetic engineering of bacteria to efficiently transform the waste materials of various crops into ethanol was a major achievement. The commercial use of Ingram's altered bacteria has become a model for emerging environmentally friendly bio-refineries that are reducing world dependence on petroleum.

Harry J. Klee
Election Year:  2012
Professor, Eminent Scholar, and Dickman Chair for Tomato Improvement, department of horticultural sciences and plant molecular and cellular biology program.

Michael Moseley
Election Year: 2000
NAS Section: Anthropology
Research/Expertise: Andes, geoarchaeology, natural disaster
Citation: Our current view of Andean civilization has been significantly shaped by Moseley's broad and wide-ranging research. From the origins of sedentary life to the origins of urbanism, from the effects of tectonic changes on human life to man's modifications of the ecosystem, Moseley has provided us with crucial insights.

Neil Opdyke
Election Year: 1996
NAS Section: Geology
Citation: Opdyke's pioneering studies of the Earth's ancient magnetic field confirmed the hypothesis of continental drift and provided insight into the timing of mammalian evolution and migration, and into the nature of paleoclimatic conditions. His study of geomagnetic reversals in deep sea cores led to the theory of plate tectonics.

Pedro A. Sanchez
Election Year: 2012
NAS Section: Human Environmental Sciences

Burton H. Singer
Election Year: 1994
NAS Section: Social and Political Sciences
Citation: Singer's work has altered the ways in which quantitative studies of economic, social, and epidemiological processes are carried out to determine causal mechanisms and associations. His recognition of methodological problems, especially regarding effects of population heterogeneity and selectivity, and recommendations for new approaches influence investigations of longitudinal and duration data

Douglas Soltis
Election Year: 2017
NAS Section: 

Pamela Soltis
Election Year: 2016
NAS Section: Plant Biology

Philip Teitelbaum (Retired)
Election Year: 1974
NAS Section: Psychology

J. G. Thompson (Retired)
Election Year: 1971
NAS Section: Mathematics

Clifford M. Will
Election year:  2007
NAS Section:  Physics
Citation:  Will invented experimental tests to confirm that general relativity is the correct classical theory of gravity. He is well-known for his computations of gravitational waveforms from coalescing neutron-star and black-hole binaries, which form the foundations of gravitational wave searches.

Elizabeth Wing  (Retired)
Election Year:  2006
NAS Section: Environmental Archaeology