WSU professors named to state Academy of Sciences

Besser, Dillman, McElwain, Pooviah (l-r)
By the Washington State Academy of Science
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Academy of Sciences has announced the election of 17 new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements. Three are from WSU, including:
  • Thomas Besser, professor, School for Global Animal Health
  • Don Dillman, Regents Professor, departments of sociology and community and rural sociology, and deputy director of the Social and Economic Science Research Center
  • Poovaiah, B. W. (Joe), Regents Professor, Department of Horticulture
A fourth WSU professor and researcher, Terry McElwain, School for Global Animal Health, was inducted earlier this year by the WSAS after being named to the National Academy of Sciences.


The new members will be inducted into the WSAS at the third annual meeting in Kirkland, Wash., on Sept. 16. Those elected earlier this week bring the total number of active members to 128. 

The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the state of Washington.
Dr. James Thomas, one of the newly elected members, passed away Aug. 6. Dr. Thomas was founder of the National Visualization and Analytics Center and was recognized as the international leader in establishing the growing science of visual analytics. He served the national/international science community for nearly 40 years and will be inducted into the WSAS posthumously.
Newly elected members (listed alphabetically):
  • Besser, Thomas, professor, School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University
  • Champoux, James, professor, Professor and Chair of Microbiology, University of Washington
  • Dillman, Don, Regents Professor, Departments of Sociology and Community and Rural Sociology, Washington State University, Deputy Director, Social and Economic Science Research Center
  • Graeber, Raymond, senior technical fellow and chief engineer human factors, The Boeing Company  (Retired).
  • Hilborn, Ray, Richard C. and Lois M. Worthington Professor of Fisheries Management, University of  Washington.
  • Hirschman, Charles, professor of public affairs, Boeing International Professor of Sociology, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
  • Kaplan, David, professor of physics, Director, Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Washington
  • Konopka, Alan, director of microbiology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories
  • Levi, Margaret, Jere L. Bacharach professor of International Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, director of the CHAOS (Comparative Historical Analysis of Organizations and States
  • McAlees, David, Consultant, Terra Power, LLC., retired Senior VP, Exxon Nuclear Company and co‐director, Siemens Nuclear Division
  • Meltzoff, Andrew, professor, department of psychology, job and Ggertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair, co-director, University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
  • Pietsch, Theodore, Professor, professor, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, curator of Fishes, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington
  • Poovaiah, B. W., Regents Professor, department of horticulture, Washington State University
  • Quinn, Thomas, professor, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington
  • Smith, Richard, Battelle Fellow and Chief Scientist in the Biological Sciences Division and
  • director of Proteomics Research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Thom, Ronald, Marine Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
National Academy of Sciences 2010 inductees
Members who will be inducted into the WSAS by virtue of being newly elected into the National Academy of Sciences (IOM, NAE, NAS):
  • Brownlee, Don, Professor, department of astronomy, University of Washington, and principal investigator for Stardust, a NASA Discovery mission that captured comet particles and returned them to earth.
  • Kuhl, Patricia, Endowed Chair, Bezos Family Foundation for Early Childhood Learning, Co-Director, UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, Director, NSF Science of Learning Center (LIFE) and Professor, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences.
National Academy of Sciences 2009 inductees
Members who will be inducted into the Washington State Academy of Sciences by virtue of being elected into the National Academy of Sciences (IOM, NAE, NAS) “in 2009”:
  • Harwood, Caroline, professor, department of microbiology, University of Washington
  • McElwain, Terry, professor, School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University
  • O’Donnell, Matthew, Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering, University of Washington
  • Pingali, Prabhu, deputy director, Agricultural Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Raftery, Adrian, Blumstein-Jordan Professors of Statistics and Sociology, University of Washington
  • Thompson, Elizabeth, professor, department of statistics, University of Washington
  • Wise, Phyllis, professor of physiology and biophysics, biology, and obstetrics and gynecology,  University of Washington
For more information contact: Mary McDonough, Washington State Academy of Sciences, 360-534-2321 or