Gould was recently elected into the National Academy of Sciences. He is one nine current professors at NC State to be elected into the Academy, one of the world’s most important scientific societies. He is one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates elected this year.
Gould studies the ecology and genetics of insect pests to improve food production and human and environmental health. One of his research projects involves genetically modifying mosquitoes to reduce their capacity to carry and spread dengue fever.
Anthony James, a molecular biologist at the University of California at Irvine, told The News & Observer that being elected to the National Academy of Sciences is the equivalent of being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame and the All-Star team at once. James told the newspaper that Gould is a deserving selection.
“He has an excellent analytical mind, and the kind of intensity you like that comes from really caring about what he’s doing,” James said. “And of course he has really great ideas.”