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Scripps Research Institute Professor Donna Blackmond Elected to National Academy of Engineering

LA JOLLA, CA, February 7, 2013 — Donna Blackmond, PhD, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has been elected as a member in the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE), it was announced today.

“Election to the National Academies in the United States is a true sign of distinction and accomplishment,” said Michael A. Marletta, PhD, president and CEO of TSRI. “I am delighted for Donna, and the honor is well deserved. She is the first Scripps faculty member elected to the NAE, another important distinction among our faculty, which has 17 members of the National Academy of Sciences and 9 members of the Institute of Medicine.”

The academy cited Blackmond for “kinetic and mechanistic studies of catalytic organic reactions for pharmaceuticals, and for studies of chiral amplification.”

Blackmond was among 69 newly elected members and 11 foreign associates announced by the National Academy of Engineering today.

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions in the field. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

For the full list of new members, see the National Academy of Engineering press release at

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