Maxine F. Singer, Ph.D. ’57, president emeritus of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C., received the Public Welfare Medal in April, the most prestigious award bestowed by the National Academy of Sciences. The medal is presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good. Singer will receive the award for providing inspired and effective leadership in science and its relationship to education and public policy. Singer is a pioneer in molecular biology and leader in science policy who has dealt with many of today’s key issues. She has advanced the cause of women and minorities in science, fostering equal access to education and career opportunities, and has worked tirelessly to improve science education.