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Cambridg, MA —The U.S. National Academy of Sciences today announced that Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government has been elected a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.
Juma is a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and serves as director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization project at the Kennedy School.
“This is an extraordinary honor for Calestous,” said Science, Technology, and Public Policy Director John Holdren.
A total of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 14 countries were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, who hold citizenship outside the United States. Only 360 foreign associates have been elected in Academy history.
Election to membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.