Jim Cook appointed to a one-year term on the Council of the National Academy of Sciences
Jim Cook reports that he is back on the council of the National Academy of Sciences, appointed by NAS President Ralph Cicerone to fill the 3rd year of an unexpired 3-year term of a member elected to the office of Foreign Secretary. Jim was previously elected to a 3-year term on council, August 2000 to June 2003. The NAS council is the elected fiduciary body of the NAS. Among it’s many responsibilities, the NAS council overseas scientific programs, annual and regional meetings, election of new members, and all expenditure of funds, with an annual budget of about $6 million. The council meets six times each year: August at the NAS Jonsson Center at Woodshole, MA; February at the NAS Beckman Center at Irvine, CA; and October, December, April and June at the NAS headquarters in Washington, DC. Jim’s one-year term will end with the June 2015 council meeting.
Jim is also in a second, three-year term on the National Research Council’s Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) committee, which overseas the work of 16 boards, round tables, and committees of the NRC, the working arm of the NAS, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine. The PGA committee meets semi annually, October in Washington and March in either Washington or at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California.