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Haussler Elected to National Academy of Sciences


April 2006

David Haussler (PhD 1982) was recently elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Haussler was among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 16 countries who were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The election was held during the business session of the 143rd annual meeting of the Academy.

"Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in American science and engineering," said Ralph Cicerone, president of the Academy. Barbara Schaal, an NAS vice president, noted, "This year's new class represents outstanding accomplishment in a wide variety of disciplines."

David Haussler photo

Haussler was on the computer science faculty at the University of California at Santa Cruz when he introduced hidden Markov models for protein sequence analysis, developed a kernel function from the profiles to be used in support vector machine training, and played a leading role in assembling the human genome sequence. His work became a key component of the international collaboration to complete the reference sequence, and his research group has made continuing contributions to the discovery of information in the sequence, such as finding the genes and characterizing the evolutionary properties uncovered by comparing the mouse and human sequences.

Haussler is currently a professor of bio-molecular engineering at UC-Santa Cruz, an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a consulting professor for the Stanford Medical School and the University of California San Francisco Biopharmaceutical Sciences Department, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), member of the nominating committee for the International Society for Computational Biology and a member of the American Society of Human Genetics. He also holds the UC Presidential Chair in Computer Science at the Santa Cruz campus. Haussler was presented the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in the area of Research and Invention by the College of Engineering and Applied Science in 2005.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.

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