Academics & Faculty

American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects 3 new fellows from UCLA

Each year, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects as fellows a group of the nation's top academics, artists, philanthropists and business leaders. Three UCLA faculty members are among the 212 new fellows chosen this year for distinguished contributions to their fields of study, the academy announced today.
An induction ceremony for the 2011 fellows will be held on Oct. 1 at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
The 2011 fellows from UCLA are:
Distinguished professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics
Associate director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA; professor of art history and archaeology
The David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and other early American scholars and scientists. Since then, notable individuals from each generation have been elected to the academy, including founding father George Washington, transcendentalist thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson and theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. The academy is one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.
The members of the academy's 2011 Class of Fellows are innovators and award winners who have been responsible for notable advancements in a variety of areas, including science and technology, the humanities, education, and social policy. They include Nobel laureates, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellows, Pulitzer Prize recipients and Academy Award winners.
Among those elected to this year's class are astronomer Paul Butler, the discoverer of more than 330 planets; jazz icon Dave Brubeck; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; singer-songwriter Paul Simon; actor Daniel Day-Lewis; and Linda Katehi, chancellor of UC Davis. 
Leslie Berlowitz, the academy's president, noted that while each new member is being honored for his or her individual accomplishments, it is the academy's hope that their collective experience will have an even more lasting impact.
"The knowledge and expertise of our members give the academy a unique capacity — and responsibility — to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day," she said.  
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was elected to the academy as a member of the 2010 class.
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of more than 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA College of Letters and Science and the university's 11 professional schools feature renowned faculty and offer 328 degree programs and majors. UCLA is a national and international leader in the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. Six alumni and five faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
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