Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, has been inducted into the American Philosophical Society, joining a group of 32 that includes former President Barack Obama.

SALT LAKE CITY β€” Mary Beckerle, CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, has been inducted into the American Philosophical Society, joining a group of 32 that includes former President Barack Obama.

Each spring a new group of members is elected. The individuals represent national and international leaders in mathematical and physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities, the arts, and public and private affairs. In addition to Beckerle and Obama, inductees this year include the secretary of the Smithsonian, the CEO of the New York Times, the vice chancellor at the University of Oxford, and scientists from Stanford, Harvard and Princeton.

β€œIt is a tremendous privilege to join such a community of scholars and innovative thinkers who are tirelessly committed to advancing knowledge and having a positive impact on society,” Beckerle said in a statement.

University administrators fired Beckerle via email in April. Within weeks, Beckerle was reinstated and U. Senior Vice President of Health Sciences Dr. Vivian Lee, who was one of the people responsible for firing Beckerle, resigned.

The American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, is the oldest learned society in the United States. Members are involved in diverse scholarly activities and are encouraged to attend semiannual meetings where scientific papers are presented and discussed. Current membership consists of 827 Americans and 161 international members.