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Chancellor Block, 7 other UCLA scholars elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Chancellor Gene Block and seven other UCLA faculty members have been elected to the 2010 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced today.
 
They are among 229 new fellows and foreign honorary members in the sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, business and public affairs who will be inducted into one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.
 
In addition to Block, the new 2010 fellows from UCLA are:
 
Andrea Louise Bertozzi
Professor of mathematics and director of applied mathematics
 
Robert Paul Brenner
Professor of history and director of the UCLA Center for Social Theory and Comparative History
 
Joaquin M. Fuster
Professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences
 
Mark L. Green
Professor of mathematics
 
Daniel Walker Howe
Professor emeritus of history and Pulitzer Prize–winning author
 
Robert Denis Mare
Distinguished professor of sociology and statistics
 
Seana Shiffrin
Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice and professor of philosophy
 
This year's fellows include scholars, scientists, jurists, writers, artists and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders. Among them are winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Shaw Prize, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, Grammys, Tonys and Academy Awards.
 
"The men and women we elect today are true pathbreakers who have made unique contributions to their fields and to the world," said the academy's chair, Louis W. Cabot. "The academy honors them and their work, and they, in turn, honor us."
 
Block joins seven other leaders in higher education elected fellows this year, including Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern University; Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University; John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University; Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of UC San Francisco; John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame; Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College; and Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University.  
 
Block, a circadian biologist, studies the neurobiology of circadian rhythms, specifically the neural mechanisms by which organisms adjust sleep and wakefulness to the day-and-night cycle. Most recently, he has examined the effects of aging on the biological clock.
 
UCLA alumnus and renowned filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola also was selected as a 2010 fellow.
 
Since its founding in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the academy has elected as members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
 
The academy also undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Current projects focus on science; technology and global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture; and education.
 
The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 9 at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
 
UCLA is California's largest university, with an enrollment of nearly 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 more than 323 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. Five alumni and five faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize.
 
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