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Dr. Dov Jaron Elected to the Executive Board of the International Council for Science

November 1, 2008

At its last General Assembly meeting that was held in Mozambique, Africa, Dr. Dov Jaron, Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine, was elected to the Executive Board of the International Council for Science (ICSU). The Board consists of 14 members: six officers of the Council (President, Past President, Vice-President for Scientific Planning and Review, Vice-President for External Relations, Secretary General and Treasurer), four members elected from the National Members of the organization and four members elected from the Scientific Unions.

Dr. Jaron was nominated to the Executive Board by the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM). Membership in IUPESM includes the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) and the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). IUPESM encompasses 80 affiliated national member organizations and IFMBE encompasses 50 affiliated national member organizations and 5 trans-national organizations. The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) is the US representative of the biomedical engineering community to the IFMBE.

Founded in 1931, the International Council for Science is a non-governmental organization representing a global membership that includes both national scientific bodies (120 members) and international scientific unions (29 members). Through this international network, ICSU coordinates interdisciplinary research to address major issues of relevance to both science and society. In addition, the Council actively advocates for freedom in the conduct of science, promotes equitable access to scientific data and information, and facilitates science education and capacity building

Dr. Jaron’s election to the Executive Board of ICSU places a Drexel representative at the apex of one of the most prestigious international scientific organizations dealing with interdisciplinary global issues and representing more than 2 million scientists and engineers world-wide. As Board member, he will work with a Nobel laureate, university rector and members of various science academies. He will also form the link between ICSU and the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO) of the US National Academy. The US National Academy is a member of ICSU. His activities should provide considerable prestige and recognition to the university as well as to Drexel’s biomedical engineering program.

A new ICSU initiative in which Dr. Jaron has had a major role is "Systems Approach to the Analysis of Health and Well Being in the Changing Urban Environment". This initiative is in the planning process and is expected to become a major ICSU interdisciplinary program.

Additional information about ICSU can be found at