The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced on 30th April the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Professor Stewart Fotheringham, Director of the Centre for Geoinformatics, School of Geography and Geosciences, is among the newly elected members. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,179 and the total number of foreign associates to 437. There are currently 77 members from United Kingdom and Prof. Fotheringham is the only member from the University of St Andrews.
The National Academy of Sciences is a US private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.