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Marye Anne Fox
Marye Anne Fox 2012 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award

World-renowned chemist Marye Anne Fox at the University of California San Diego has been named the recipient of Sigma Xi's John P. McGovern Science and Society Award. At the time of her selection, Fox served as the seventh chancellor of the UC San Diego and a distinguished professor of chemistry. Since her appointment as chancellor, the university has established new research and partnership ventures to further innovation and increase international collaboration, achieved an ambitious $1 billion campaign goal, expanded academic and campus programs and facilities, received national and international recognition in prominent university rankings and assembled a strong, diverse leadership team to ensure the university's continued rise in excellence.

Before her tenure at UC San Diego, Fox served as North Carolina State University's 12th chancellor, as distinguished university professor of chemistry at N.C. State (from 1998 to 2004) and as Waggoner Regents Chair in chemistry and Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 1976, after a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Maryland. Fox received her B.S. from Notre Dame College and her Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, both in chemistry. She has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and to fellowships both in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association of Advancement of Science.

In October 2010, President Barack Obama named Fox to receive the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers and inventors. She has also received honorary degrees from 12 institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Fox was born in Canton, Ohio in 1947. Fox served as President of Sigma Xi in 2001-2002.


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