Entomologist May R. Berenbaum is among 10 recipients of the prestigious National Medal of Science. The award is the nation’s top honor for achievement and leadership in advancing science.

“These scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives,” President Barack Obama said. “Our nation has been enriched by their achievements, and by all the scientists and technologists across America dedicated to discovery, inquiry, and invention.”

Dr. Berenbaum will be recognized at a White House ceremony later this year for her pioneering contributions to our understanding of the co-evolution of insects and plants and her extensive public engagement.

Berenbaum served as President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) in 2009. She is a professor and head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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