Richard H. Goodman, M.D., Ph.D., was elected this morning to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Goodman is senior scientist and director of the Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research at Oregon Health & Science University. He is also vice chairman of medicine in the School of Medicine. Goodman was the only Oregonian among 72 new members and 15 foreign associates elected at the 139th annual meeting of the academy today in Washington, DC.
Peter Kohler, M.D., OHSU president, said the election is both a credit to Goodman and confirmation of the Vollum's increasing influence in basic science research. "Dick Goodman is not only a superb scientist, but an outstanding director who has guided the Vollum Institute to international prominence by his recruitment of outstanding scientists. All of us at OHSU are proud of this well-deserved acknowledgment of his accomplishments by the NAS."
The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that calls on the academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.
Election to the NAS is one of the highest honors a scientist, engineer or medical professional can receive. Although no formal duties are required, members are invited to participate in the governance and advisory activities of the academies and the national research council.
Today's election brings the total number of active NAS members nationwide to 1,907.
The NAS is one of four academies that together compose the National Academies. The other academies are the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). OHSU has five IOM members, including Kohler and Christine Cassel, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, M.D., is also an IOM member.