The inclusion of eight investigators from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) on the list of 60 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) may mark a new record for the academy. Although precise data are not available, NAS officials speculate that this is the largest number of new academy members associated with the same organization.

The Chevy Chase, Md.-based institute's strong showing comes as no surprise to NAS home secretary Peter Raven, who cites HHMI researchers' increasing presence in the biomedical community. In the past five years, Raven notes, "the numbers have gone up sharply."

The April election of new members to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) included 15 foreign associates--nonvoting members with citizenship outside the United States--bringing the total of foreign associates to 301.

Sherwood Rowland, NAS foreign secretary and a professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of California,...

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