May 2, 2007
Four Brown Faculty Elected to Fellowship in AAAS
Engineers Alan Needleman and Arto Nurmikko, physicist J. Michael Kosterlitz, and ecologist Jerry M. Melillo have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a distinction of excellence in science, scholarship, business, public affairs and the arts. Needleman, Nurmikko and Kosterlitz are professors at Brown; Melillo is a researcher at the Marine Biological Laboratory who holds a joint appointment at Brown through the Brown-MBL Graduate Program in Biological and Environmental Sciences.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences have elected four members of the Brown University community as fellows of the honorary society, which includes the world’s leading thinkers in scholarship and science, public affairs and business, and the arts and humanities.
The Academy announced Monday, April 30, 2007, that 203 new fellows and 24 new foreign honorary members were elected to the membership. Those elected include a former vice president of the United States; a former associate justice of the United States Supreme Court; the mayor of New York City; winners of Nobel and Academy Awards and the Pulitzer Prize; corporate CEOs; and two former chairs of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences selects its members through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large.
Members of the Brown community in the 227th class of fellows:
“I am pleased to congratulate these outstanding scientists on their election to fellowship in the Academy,” said Rajiv Vohra, dean of the faculty at Brown. “Their achievements illustrate the vigor of intellectual inquiry at Brown. Each is driven to discover new ideas and find new applications for his work.”
Other fellows elected to the Academy this year include former Vice President Albert Gore, Jr.; former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; New York Mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg; Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt; New York Times investigative correspondent James Risen; filmmaker Spike Lee; economists Gregory Mankiw and Murray Weidenbaum; astronomer Donald Brownlee; robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks; Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter; supercomputer expert David Shaw; pianist Emanuel Ax; historian Nell Painter; former White House official and Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley; classicist Sabine MacCormack; and international public health leader Allan Rosenfield.
The Academy will welcome this year’s new class at its annual induction ceremony on Oct. 6, 2007, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
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