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February 19, 2008


NEW YORK, February 19, 2008 – Dr. Myriam P. Sarachik, Distinguished Professor of Physics at The City College of New York (CCNY), has been elected to the governing council of the National Academy of Sciences.  The 17-member council is the governing body for the Academy.  Professor Sarachik will serve a three-year term as a Councilor beginning July 1, 2008.

The Academy is a private, nonprofit institution that provides science advice under a congressional charter.  Its membership is comprised of approximately 2,000 members and 350 foreign associates elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievement in original research.  Election to the Academy, which includes more than 200 Nobel Prize recipients, is considered one of the highest honors than can be accorded a scientist.

Professor Sarachik, who has taught at CCNY since 1964, also was elected in 2007 to the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which is that organization’s policy-making body.  In addition, she is a past president of the American Physical Society and has served in an advisory capacity to the National Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the American Institute of Physics and various universities in the United States and abroad.

Her other activities include service as a National Board member of the Committee of Concerned Scientists, and member of the Human Rights of Scientists Committee of the New York Academy of Sciences.

An experimental condensed matter physicist, Professor Sarachik has published nearly 150 articles in professional journals.  She has done work in superconductivity, disordered metallic alloys, metal-insulator transitions in doped semiconductors, hopping transport in solids and molecular magnets. 

In 2006, Professor Sarachik was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Amherst College.  In 2005, she was awarded the 2005 Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics, and was named the For Women in Science 2005 L'Oreal/UNESCO Laureate for North America.  Other awards include the 1995 New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology and a 2004 Sloan Public Service Award from the Fund for the City of New York.

She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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