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Two NYU Faculty Elected to National Academy of Sciences


Claude Desplan, a professor in NYU’s Department of Biology, and Paula England, a professor in NYU’s Department of Sociology, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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Claude Desplan, a professor in NYU’s Department of Biology, and Paula England, a professor in NYU’s Department of Sociology, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the Washington, D.C.-based organization announced today.

Desplan and England were among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates who were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

NYU now has 36 faculty who are members of the National Academy of Sciences and a total of 51 faculty who have been elected in the organization’s history.

The National Academy of Sciences

Desplan, a Silver Professor at NYU whose work encompasses both developmental ​biology and neural science, focuses on the generation of neural diversity and the establishment ​and evolution ​of retinal and brain circuitry that underlies color ​and motion ​vision. Desplan received his undergraduate degree from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in St. Cloud, France and a Ph.D. from the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale in Paris.

England, a Silver Professor at NYU whose research centers on gender inequality in the labor market, the family, and sexuality, has authored Comparable Worth: Theories and Evidence (Aldine) and Households, Employment, and Gender: A Social, Economic, and Demographic View (Aldine), co-authored with George Farkas, among other publications. England has a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College as well as a masters degree in social sciences and a doctorate in sociology, both from the University of Chicago.

Both faculty have affiliated appointments at NYU's Abu Dhabi campus.

Among the NAS’s former members are Albert Einstein, Barbara McClintock, Margaret Mead, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright, and Alexander Graham Bell. Additional information about the academy and its members is available at www.nasonline.org.