Ostriker elected treasurer of NAS

Feb. 13, 2008 7:23 p.m.

Jeremiah Ostriker, professor of astrophysical sciences, has been elected treasurer of the National Academy of Sciences.

During his four-year term beginning July 1, he will be responsible for the financial oversight of the academy and the National Research Council and will serve on the council's board of governors.

Ostriker, who also is director of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, has been a faculty member at the University since 1965. He served as provost from 1995 to 2001. In 2000, he was named a winner of the National Medal of Science in recognition of his contributions to the field of astrophysics.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that provides science advice under a congressional charter. The academy membership is made up of approximately 2,000 members and 350 foreign associates, including more than 200 who have won Nobel Prizes. Members and foreign associates of the academy are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research; election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.