Entomologist Berenbaum elected to National Academy of Science

UI entomologist May Berenbaum was one of 60 U.S. scientists elected this
year to the National Academy of Science in recognition of distinguished
research and continuing achievements.

The NAS election occurred April 26 during the academy's 131st annual
meeting in Washington, D.C. Membership in the NAS is considered one of the
highest honors given to U.S. scientists or engineers.

Berenbaum has headed the UI entomology department since 1992. She has a
joint appointment in the department of plant biology. She joined the UI
faculty in 1980 after completing her doctorate at Cornell University.

Berenbaum, who repeatedly is rated as an excellent teacher by students,
studies the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their
host plants, and the implication of such interactions in the organization
of natural communities and the evolution of species.

At the university, she is a Jubilee Professor and a Beckman Associate in
the Center for Advanced Study. She also is an affiliate of the UI Institute
of Environmental Studies, the Illinois Natural History Survey and the
department of ecology, ethology and evolution. Berenbaum was named a
Presidential Young Investigator in 1984, a Guggenheim Fellow in 1987,
winner of the 1988 George Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of
America and an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science in 1991.

The NAS is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to
the advancement of science and its use for the general welfare. Established
in 1863 by Congress and by the approval of President Abraham Lincoln, the
NAS now has 1,710 active members and serves as an official advisory body
for the federal government.


UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1994/08-04-94