Professor Mercedes Bustamante in the Department of Ecology at the University of Brasilia (UnB) has been elected to join the Academy of Sciences of America (US National Academy of Sciences – NAS), a private, non-profit association that brings together distinguished scientists from different countries.
The group was founded by former US President Abraham Lincoln and has, throughout history, 2.9 thousand members – 2.5 thousand from the United States and 500 internationals. Of those elected, 190 have already won Nobel Prizes.
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“Yes, the elections were a surprise, but they came at a time when this incentive was absolutely necessary. The elections open the possibility of expanding international scientific cooperation and contributing to important scientific policy discussions related to our institutions,” says Al-Muallem, in an interview published by UnB.
New Academy members are elected annually and represent an appreciation of original scholarly research. According to the university, Professor Mercedes is a reference in the study of the Cerrado and global environmental changes.
Last year, she was one of the most cited researchers in the world, according to the Science website, being referenced in the work of 6,389 scientists from more than 60 countries.
In addition to the new achievement, the professor also merged the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the World Academy of Sciences and was awarded in 2018 the National Science Merit Medal, the country’s highest award for professionals with science-related contributions.
“Merit is not individual, it is really a collective, having a space that encourages research, high-level teaching and postgraduate studies has been central to cooperation so that you can progress. I hope this will be a catalyst for our young researchers even in the face of the many uncertainties currently weakening the fields of education and science in Brazil. He says.
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