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Kim Orth is one of 146 new members that were elected back in April in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Kim graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984, with her B.S. in Biochemistry and received her Ph.D. from UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. Dr. Orth is a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry and the Earl A. Forsythe Chair in Biomedical Science at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is an investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This article from two years ago mentions that Dr. Jim Wild was instrumental in the process of her career in Biochemistry. Congratulations, Kim!