Millennium Magazine_4th Ed

334 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine A t the inception of her career in 1949, Dr. Mary E. Rice served her alma mater, Drew University, as an instructor of biology for one year before becoming a research associate at Columbia University until 1953. For the following eight years, she served the National Institutes of Health as a research assistant before being employed by the Smithsonian Institution as a curator of invertebrate zoology. As such, she moved on to become the director and senior research scientist with the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Florida, from 1966 until attaining emeritus status in 2002. Alongside her primary career endeavors, Dr. Rice was a member of the advisory panel on systematic biology for the National Science Foundation, the committee on marine invertebrates for the National Academy of Sciences, and the overseers’ committee on biology for Harvard University. Drawing upon a Bachelor of Arts from Drew University, Master of Arts from Oberlin College and PhD from the University of Washington, Dr. Rice impressively organized an international symposium on the Sipuncula and Echiura in Yugoslavia in 1970. Demonstrating versatility in her field, Dr. Rice has contributed a number of articles to professional journals and was an editor and co-editor of numerous publications, including the Invertebrate Biology Journal, the Journal of Morphology, and the first two volumes of “Biology of Sipuncula and Echiura.” A past president of the American Microscopical Society and the American Society of Zoologists, she is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Dr. Rice received the Alumni Achievement Award in Science from Drew University in 1980. Later on in her career, she was named Conservationist of the Year by the Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County in 2001 and earned the Leadership and Achievement Award from the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in 2016. However, she cites the highlight of her career to be her role in the initiation and development of the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce. MARY E. RICE, PHD SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST EMERITUS Smithsonian Marine Station, Smithsonian Institution Fort Pierce, FL SCIENCES, PHARMACEUTICALS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY