Society for Science Names President Johnson to Notable Alumni List


Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson has been named to the Society for Science’s List of notable alumni.

In honor of the Society’s centennial, the organization unveiled a list of extraordinary alumni from the Science Talent Search group, the International Science and Engineering Fair and the college’s STEM competition who embody the principles of leadership , innovation and global impact.

“I am honored to be included as a prestigious member of the Society for Science’s Notable Alumni List,” Johnson said. “Research excellence is among our top priorities at Ohio State, and we plan to double our spending over the next decade while helping the next generation of teachers and students focus on research. innovation through our STEAMM Rising Columbus initiative – a collaboration with the City of Columbus, Columbus City Schools and Columbus State Community College.

Johnson is a senior of the 1975 International Science and Engineering Fair. The title of his project was “Holographic study of the sporangiophore of Phycomyces”.

“It was an amazing experience. In 1975 I became fascinated with holograms – I just thought they were magical. Although holograms are everywhere now, back then they weren’t widely known,” said said Johnson in a meeting with Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science. “My project went well and it was exciting. As a result, I think competing at ISEF has given me confidence and enthusiasm for science.

In addition to Johnson, the centennial list includes renowned scientists, leaders and celebrities, including Stanford economics professor Heidi Williams, Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Portman participated in the search for scientific talent in 1999, the same year she would become famous for her role in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”. Ocasio-Cortez attended ISEF 2007 before turning to politics.

The Society for Science is dedicated to the success of young scientists in independent research and to public engagement in science. Founded in 1921, the Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of science and the role it plays in human progress.

The organization hosts the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS.

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