Society Names Five New Members to Honorary Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Society for Science named five new members to its Honorary Board. Honorary Board members are elected by the Society’s Board of Trustees to provide strategic guidance and input on scientific issues important to the Society’s mission. The board members include distinguished scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators.

The new members are:

Charles H. Bennett
Fellow, IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, IBM Corporation
Science Talent Search 1960

Martin Chalfie
University Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2008
Former member of Society for Science Board of Trustees

Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
John S. Toll Professor of Physics
Clark Leadership Chair in Science
Distinguished University Professor
Professor of Physics
Professor of Public Policy in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy
Former member of Society for Science Board of Trustees

Shirley Ann Jackson
President Emerita, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Joe Palca
Freelance science journalist.
Former NPR Science Correspondent
Former member of Society for Science Board of Trustees

“The invaluable expertise and leadership brought by our new members to our Honorary Board will be pivotal in propelling the Society’s mission forward, empowering us to inform, educate, and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders. I eagerly anticipate collaborating with them as we further enhance scientific literacy and broaden access to our STEM programs,” said Maya Ajmera, President & CEO, Society for Science and Executive Publisher, Science News.

“I am delighted to welcome these five exceptional leaders to the Society’s Honorary Board. I look forward to working with them as we seek to reach greater heights of excellence and impact,” said Mary Sue Coleman, Society for Science Board of Trustees Chair.

The Honorary Board assists the Society in thinking through strategic organizational questions and speaking to students who compete in our science competitions.

About Society for Science

Society for Science is a champion for science, dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Established in 1921, Society for Science is best known for its award-winning journalism through Science News and Science News Explores, its world-class science research competitions for students, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair and the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, and its outreach and equity programming that seeks to ensure that all students have an opportunity to pursue a career in STEM. A 501(c)(3) membership organization, Society for Science is committed to inform, educate and inspire. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (Society4Science).