Nina Vsevolod Fedoroff (born 1942) is an American professor known for her research in life sciences and biotechnology, especially transposable elements or jumping genes and plant stress response. She is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), an Evan Pugh Professor of Pennsylvania State University, and a member of the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. She received from President George W. Bush in 2007 the National Medal of Science in the field of Biological Sciences, the highest award for lifetime achievement in scientific research in the United States. Professor Fedoroff was elected to be the President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a position she held from 2011 to 2012. She is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Microbiology.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated summa cum laude in 1966 from Syracuse University with a dual major in biology and chemistry. She received her PhD in molecular biology 1972 from The Rockefeller University. Fedoroff has been honored with the Howard Taylor Ricketts Award from University of Chicago in 1990, and in 1992 she received the New York Academy of Sciences Outstanding Contemporary Women Scientist Award. In 1997 Fedoroff received the John P. McGovern Science and Society Medal from Sigma Xi. Fedoroff arrived at Penn State in 1995 as the Verne M. Willaman professor of Life Sciences and founded and directed the organization now known as the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. In 2002, she was appointed an Evan Pugh professor, the university's highest academic honor.
President Bill Clinton appointed Fedoroff to the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, in 2001. The foundation administers the science awards, established by Congress in 1959. She was awarded in 2003 Syracuse University's George Arents Pioneer medal. Dr. Fedoroff was Science and Technology Adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and an administrator for the United States Agency for International Development from 2007 to 2010.
- Nina Fedoroff, Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Foods, National Academy Press, 2004, ISBN 0-309-09205-1
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- ^ Dreifus, Claudia (18 August 2008) A Conversation with Nina V. Fedoroff The New York Times, Science section, Retrieved 14 may 2012
- ^ a b Friedberg, E. C. (2008). "Nina Fedoroff". Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 9 (10): 744. doi:10.1038/nrm2511. PMID 18819172.
- ^ Elder, Andy (Fall 2002) Faces of Penn State, 2002: Nina Fedoroff Pennsylvania State University, PennState Eberly College of Science, Retrieved 14 May 2012
- ^ a b Fagan, Adam (22 February 2011) Plant Biologist Nina Fedoroff Assumes AAAS Presidency American Society of Plant Biologists, Press release, Retrieved 14 May 2012
- ^ a b c d e Staff, Fedoroff to Receive National Medal of Science Pennsylvania State University, PennState Eberly College of Science, 2007 News, Retrieved 14 May 2012
- ^ "Nina Fedoroff: 21st-Century Challenges Require Global Focus by Scientists". Science 331 (6016): 422–425. 28 January 2011. Bibcode:2011Sci...331..422.. doi:10.1126/science.331.6016.422.
- ^ "Faculty staff Newsletter". 2003-12. Retrieved 2007-07-18.
- ^ a b c d Staff, Biography Nina V. Fedoroff Special Adviser Science and Technology U.S. Department of State, Retrieved 14 May 2012
- ^ Staff, Nina Fedoroff; Willaman Professor of Life Sciences; Evan Pugh Professor, Department of Biology The Huck Institute of Life Sciences, Retrieved 14 May 2012
- ^ Staff, Nina Fedoroff, Professor of Life Sciences, Pennsylvania State University The Economist Conferences 2012, Retrieved 14 May 2012
- ^ "Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Foods". Retrieved 2007-07-18.
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