Carnegie Mellon University
June 07, 2022

MCS Alumni Honored by Society for Science

By Kirsten Heuring

Jocelyn Duffy
  • Associate Dean for Communications, MCS
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Two Mellon College of Science alumni were honored by the Society for Science as part of its inaugural class of notable alumni. The alumni included Nobel Laureate John Hall (S 1956, 1961), who received his bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in physics, and Jennifer Hartt Elisseeff (S 1994), who received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry. 

The Society for Science sponsors competitions including the Science Talent Search, the International Science and Engineering Fair and other STEM competitions for middle schoolers and highschoolers. In celebration of their centennial anniversary, the organization decided to honor notable alumni based on their professional achievements and their contributions to science. Out of their 70,000 alumni, only 100 were chosen.

Hall received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2005 for his contributions allowing scientists to precisely measure the speed of light out to 15 digits. He is currently an adjoint professor of physics at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Elisseeff is the Morton Goldberg Professor and director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Wilmer Eye Institute. Her current research focuses on regenerative medicine, and she works to develop biomaterials for orthopedics, reconstructive surgeries and ophthalmology.