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.