American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects National and International Scholars, Artists, Philanthropists, Business and Civic Leaders The 2013 class includes neuroscientist and President of Rockefeller University Marc Tessier-Lavigne, chemist Xiaowei Zhuang, mathematical physicist and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study Robbert Dijkgraaf, educator Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, astronaut and former Senator John Glenn, actor and director Robert De Niro, musicians Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and operatic soprano Renee Fleming

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 198 new members. They include some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.

The list of the new members is located at https://www.amacad.org/members.aspx.

One of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.

"Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good," said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. "We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day."

Members of the 2013 class include winners of the Nobel Prize; National Medal of Science; the Lasker Award; the Pulitzer and the Shaw prizes; the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Emmy, Academy, and Tony awards. 

Scientists in the new class include: chemical engineer Rakesh Agrawal, who developed new solar processes for energy production; Bruce A. Beutler, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Martha Constantine-Paton, who studies nervous system activity crucial to early childhood development; David Dill, a leading developer of industrial verification technology; computer architect Susan J. Eggers; Donna M. Ferriero, a leader in child neurology; Lasker Award winner Jeffrey M. Friedman; mathematician H. Blaine Lawson Jr., who co-founded the field of "calibrated geometries"; Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President of Rockefeller University and a leading researcher on the formation of neural circuits during embryonic development and on nerve cell response to injury; Alan G. Marshall, who helped create the new field of petroleomics; ornithologist Sandra L. Vehrencamp, a founder of the field of behavioral ecology; David J. Wineland, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics; and Xiaowei Zhuang, a leader in single-molecule biophysics and bio-imaging.

Social scientists in the new class include: Robert A. Bjork, a psychologist who has made fundamental contributions to the science of learning and memory; Daniel Diermeier, a leading political scientist and game theorist; Alison Gopnik, a scholar of learning and child development; Christine Jolls, who helped launch the field of behavioral law and economics; Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, an expert in the relationship between culture and learning styles; Rose McDermott, a political scientist who investigates heritable aspects of political ideology; Judge Jed Rakoff, a major figure in areas of financial regulation and national security law; political economist Alastair Smith; Marshall ("Mike") Smith, former Undersecretary of Education and advocate of educational equity; and anthropologist Kathryn Ann Woolard, who works on obsolescent languages and "linguistic ideology."

In the Humanities and the Arts, new members include: novelist Martin Amis; novelist and essayist Wendell Berry; philosopher David Chalmers; director and actor Robert De Niro; Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Annie Dillard and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; actor Sally Field; Michael Fishbane, a scholar of Jewish studies; operatic soprano Renee Fleming; jazz musician Herbie Hancock; documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles; French history scholar Sarah Maza; linguist David Perlmutter; artist Judy Pfaff; Stuart Schwartz, a leading historian of colonial slavery; artist Yoshiaki Shimizu; and singer-songwriters Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen.

Elected in public affairs and journalism are: former Secretary of the Air Force Edward "Pete" Aldridge; United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Alexander Aleinikoff; New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast; astronaut, former Senator, and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner John Glenn; Senator Richard Lugar; and Maxine Savitz, Vice President of the National Academy of Engineering.

Philanthropists and business leaders in the 2013 class include: Paul Buttenwieser, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School and a major advocate for the arts; Glenn Hutchins, co-founder of Silver Lake Partners; David M. Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group and a major philanthropist for the arts, libraries, and higher education; Thomas Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems and pioneer of revolutionary customer relationship management software; and Ronald Williams, former Chairman and CEO of Aetna.

The new class also includes leaders of educational, cultural, and philanthropic organizations, among them: Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; Philip J. Hanlon, President-elect of Dartmouth College; Max Nikias, President of the University of Southern California; Barbro Osher, Chairman of the Board of The Bernard Osher Foundation; Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Founder and Chairman of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts; Peter Salovey, President-elect of Yale University; and Phyllis Wise, Vice President and Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Academy elected 12 Foreign Honorary Members from Canada, China, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. They include: Smithsonian archeologist Richard Cooke, playwright Athol Fugard, physicist and Nobel Prize winner Serge Haroche, and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 12, 2013, at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading "thinkers and doers" from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

 

SOURCE American Academy of Arts & Sciences



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