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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    password White House Requests ARISE II Briefing from Academy 7 8 2011 Press Release CAMBRIDGE Mass The American Academy will brief the President s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology PCAST on the Academy s ARISE II project as background for a potential PCAST study on the future of the U S science and technology research enterprise Academy Fellows and PCAST co chairs John Holdren Presidential Science Advisor and Eric Lander Broad Institute made the request The Academy s study on Advancing Research in Science and Engineering ARISE II is exploring ways universities industry and the government can work together more effectively to advance U S research The ARISE II committee s recommendations will focus on new models of collaboration and how funding will need to change to support these novel partnerships ARISE II Co chairs Keith Yamamoto University of California San Francisco and Venky Narayanamurti Harvard University will brief PCAST members this month PCAST is an advisory group of the nation s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the President and the Executive Office of the President PCAST makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science technology and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and forming policy that works for the American people PCAST is administered by the Office of Science and Technology Policy Founded in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences www amacad org is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems Current Academy research focuses on science and technology policy global security social policy the humanities and culture and education With headquarters in Cambridge Massachusetts the Academy s work is advanced by its 4 300 elected members who are leaders in the academic disciplines the arts business and public affairs from around

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    nation s health and the quality of our personal and communal life The American Academy Commission met in Chicago June 10 11 to explore ways to bolster teaching research and scholarship in all disciplines The Academy organized the blue ribbon commission at the request of a bipartisan group of members of Congress It will meet several times over the next year before releasing a final set of recommendations Commission Co chair John W Rowe Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exelon Corporation noted that the physical and natural sciences are inextricably linked with the humanities and social sciences Excellence in one cannot be achieved without excellence and broad based support for the other Commission member Jim McNerney Chairman President and Chief Executive Officer of The Boeing Company sees a foundation in the liberal arts encompassing the humanities as well as the social and physical sciences as an important ingredient for becoming an effective leader Leadership is about the social and interpersonal skills that these disciplines teach McNerney said The breadth of the education experience is a primary source of leadership At the group s first full meeting participants discussed the role of the humanities and social sciences in promoting a civil society and a creative flexible workforce The commission will formulate recommendations for how government officials educators business leaders and philanthropists can strengthen the fields A primary goal of the Commission Rowe said will be to find new ways to state our case and identify new advocates to help us make it Film producer screenwriter and director George Lucas is one such advocate The sciences teach us how The humanities teach us why said Lucas a member of the Commission You can t continue to do the how without the why If we ignore history philosophy and all of the

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    nuclear power that take into account potential game changers such as new technology new customers and suppliers accidents nuclear terrorism and climate change policy The paper is available online at https www amacad org content publications publication aspx d 328 Because decisions made now will affect the energy sector for decades it is critical to assess the role of nuclear power in the overall energy mix According to the paper s authors The public perception of nuclear power has changed and continues to change Once viewed as a miracle of modern technology nuclear power came to be perceived by many as a potential catastrophe now it is viewed as a potential albeit potentially still dangerous source of green power This evolving interaction between public perception and energy policies is just one of the potential game changers discussed in the volume The paper authored by Kate Marvel and Michael May is based in part on a workshop organized by the Academy as part of its Global Nuclear Future Initiative The workshop was held in collaboration with the Center for International Security and Cooperation CISAC at Stanford Marvel is the William J Perry Fellow in Science and International Security at CISAC May is Professor Emeritus Research in the School of Engineering at Stanford University where he is also a Senior Fellow with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Members of the Initiative are working with policy makers in the United States Middle East and Asia to advance effective policies and procedures to ensure that the spread of nuclear power does not aggravate and in fact reduces concerns over international safety security and nonproliferation Because the Academy is not identified with a particular stance on nuclear questions yet has a fifty year old tradition of work on arms control it offers a

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    Fellowship in the Humanities Education and the Arts Policy Fellowship in Global Security and International Affairs The Exploratory Fund Member Login User Name Password Forgot your password Academy President Leslie Berlowitz Receives Honorary Degree 5 6 2011 Press Release BOSTON Leslie Berlowitz President and the William T Golden Chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences was recognized with an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Northeastern University today In announcing the honorary degree Northeastern President Joseph E Aoun called Berlowitz a strategic thinker about issues that affect higher education and cited her national leadership on humanities scholarship and policy Berlowitz joined the American Academy in 1996 as Chief Executive Officer and was named the organization s 45th President in 2010 A former Vice President of New York University she has served as an advisor to the National Endowment for the Humanities the Corporation of Yaddo the National Humanities Alliance among other institutions She is the co author or editor of several publications including America in Theory Oxford University Press 1988 with Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand and Restoring Trust in American Business MIT Press 2005 with Jay W Lorsch and Andy Zelleke Berlowitz was one of seven individuals honored by the University during its 2011 commencement ceremonies in Boston Other honorary degree recipients were Sylvia Mathews Burwell President of the Global Development Program Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Rev Gregory G Groover Sr Chair of the Boston School Committee and pastor of the Historic Charles Street A M E Church Bert and John Jacobs cofounders of Life is Good Company Rashida Manjoo Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women at the United Nations Human Rights Council and Henri A Termeer former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Genzyme Corporation Academy in the News 2 10 2016 With money tight

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    of the civil rights movement the American Academy published two issues of Dædalus on The Negro American examining the complexities and implications of mid 20th century racial liberalism in the United States With the presidency of Barack Obama and the subsequent national conversation about a new post racial America it is the right time to examine both real and perceived changes in the racial divide since the 1960s said Academy President Leslie Berlowitz Essays in Race Inequality and Culture include Somewhere between Jim Crow and Post Racialism Reflections on the Racial Divide in America Today by Lawrence D Bobo Harvard University The Past and Future of American Civil Rights by Douglas S Massey Princeton University The Declining Significance of Race Revisited and Revised by William Julius Wilson Harvard University The American Family in Black and White A Post Racial Strategy for Improving Skills to Promote Equality by James J Heckman University of Chicago The Achievement Gap Past Present and Future by Richard E Nisbett University of Michigan Has the Supreme Court Been More a Friend or Foe to African Americans by Michael J Klarman Harvard Law School Affirmative Action The U S Experience in Comparative Perspective by Daniel Sabbagh Centre d études et de recherches internationales Challenging History Barack Obama and American Racial Politics by Rogers M Smith University of Pennsylvania Desmond S King University of Oxford and Philip A Klinkner Hamilton College Somewhere Over the Rainbow Post Racial and Pan Racial Politics in the Age of Obama by Taeku Lee University of California Berkeley Destabilizing the American Racial Order by Jennifer L Hochschild Harvard University Vesla M Weaver University of Virginia and Traci Burch Northwestern University Intra minority Intergroup Relations in the Twenty First Century by Jennifer A Richeson and Maureen A Craig Northwestern University Hip Hop and the

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    center for independent policy research Members contribute to Academy studies of science and technology policy global security social policy and American institutions the humanities and education It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments said Leslie Berlowitz Academy President and William T Golden Chair 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 We look forward to engaging our new members in this work Among the 2011 class of scholars scientists writers artists civic corporate and philanthropic leaders are winners of the Nobel Pulitzer and Pritzker Prizes the Turing Award MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships and Kennedy Center Honors Grammy Golden Globe and Academy awards Scientists among the newly elected Fellows include astronomer Paul Butler discoverer of over 330 planets cancer researcher Clara Bloomfield who proved that adult acute leukemia can be cured public health specialist and former Mexican Minister of Health Julio Frenk geographer Ellen Mosley Thompson who has led expeditions to Antarctica and Greenland David Page whose genome sequencing work has advanced understanding of human reproduction theoretical computer scientists Avi Wigderson and Nobel laureates Ei Ichi Negish chemistry and H David Politzer physics Social scientists include Anthony Bryk President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Russian studies scholar Timothy Colton sociologist Claude Fischer whose research illuminated social networks in urban settings Nancy Foner an influential scholar of the American immigrant experience macroeconomist Monika Piazzesi Roberta Ramo the first woman to serve as president of the American Bar Association and political scientist Charles Stewart III an expert in vote tabulation systems In the humanities and the arts new members include jazz icon Dave Brubeck documentary filmmaker Ken Burns actor Daniel Day Lewis ethnographic historian James Clifford Annette Gordon Reed Pulitzer Prize winning author of books about Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings playwright John Guare novelist Oscar Hijuelos conceptual artist Jenny Holzer Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro singer songwriter Paul Simon landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and actor Sam Waterston Among those elected to the Academy from public affairs and journalism are veteran diplomat Edward Djerejian former Congressional Budget Office Director Robert Reischauer and former White House aid and CNN Chairman Thomas Johnson Business leaders in the 2011 class include Wanda Austin Aerospace Corporation Hugh Grant Monsanto Company and Robert Haas Levi Strauss Company Among educational cultural and foundation leaders in the new class are Thomas Campbell Metropolitan Museum of Art Francisco Cigarroa University of Texas Linda Katehi University of California Davis Malcolm Rogers Museum of Fine Arts Boston and David Skorton Cornell University The Academy elected 16 Foreign Honorary Members from Argentina Canada France Germany Israel Japan Peru Portugal South Africa and the United Kingdom They include University of Cambridge classicist Mary Beard French poet Yves Bonnefoy singer songwriter Leonard Cohen Joseph Klafter President of Tel Aviv University actor Helen Mirren Angelika Neuwirth a Berlin based expert on the Qur an

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    and enrich our national discussions for years to come The American Academy works closely on this project with the National Opinion Research Center NORC under the leadership of Norman Bradburn Developed in collaboration with national humanities organizations the Humanities Indicators provide reliable benchmarks to guide analysis of the state of the humanities in five areas primary and secondary education undergraduate and graduate education the workforce funding and research and the humanities in American life The Humanities Indicators website has attracted more than 1 5 million visitors since it was launched in January 2009 Before the Humanities Indicators data concerning issues as fundamental as the number of students enrolled nationwide in courses devoted to the humanities either were entirely lacking or were inconsistently assembled hard to access poorly disseminated unwittingly ignored and routinely underutilized said Francis Oakley President Emeritus of Williams College and co founder of the Academy s Initiative for Humanities and Culture Those of us who try to assess and write about the state of humanistic studies nationwide are grateful for the assistance that the Humanities Indicators has finally made so readily available The Andrew W Mellon Foundation s grant will help ensure that the Indicators remain accessible and updated with the latest available statistics and analysis The NEH will join the in these efforts and help support the Academy s first update to the Humanities Departmental Survey The survey collects data from the chairs of art history English foreign language history history of science linguistics and religion departments at 1 400 four year colleges and universities The survey results will reveal up to date information on data trends in the curriculum and workforce The Academy s Humanities Indicators project offers a much needed yardstick for measuring the health and impact of humanities research and education in America today said Carole Watson Deputy Chairman of the NEH The National Endowment for the Humanities is pleased to assist in this effort to provide academic leaders and policymakers the data they need to make informed decisions on humanities curricula funding and programs Recent data from the Indicators reveal that Humanities degrees as a proportion of all bachelor s degrees declined 46 percent More than half of students graduating from U S high schools in 2006 failed to demonstrate basic knowledge of history and more than a third lacked basic knowledge of civics In 2003 2004 28 2 percent of high school students were taught history by someone without certification or a postsecondary degree in history a greater percentage than for any other measured subject area The United States ranks in the bottom third internationally in the percentage of its population possessing prose literacy skills necessary for successful secondary school completion 47 percent About the American Academy Founded in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences www amacad org is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems Current Academy research focuses on science and technology policy global security social policy the humanities and culture

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    password American Academy of Arts and Sciences Presents Scholar Patriot Award to Yo Yo Ma 3 24 2011 Press Release CAMBRIDGE Mass The American Academy of Arts and Sciences presented the Scholar Patriot Award to acclaimed cellist and humanist Yo Yo Ma in recognition of his lifetime achievements as a musician educator and champion of multicultural understanding The Scholar Patriot Award is one of the 230 year old Academy s most prestigious honors given for extraordinary contributions of individuals who share the founders vision of service Academy President Leslie Cohen Berlowitz and Chair Louis W Cabot presented the award on March 23 2011 at a private solo performance by Ma at the Academy s Cambridge headquarters The motto of the American Academy is Cherishing Knowledge Shaping the Future and Yo Yo Ma exemplifies these ideals said President Berlowitz Through his solo and collaborative interpretations of Bach and other masters he has reinterpreted and enriched the classical tradition And by drawing on diverse genres and cultures he has added profoundly to the musical vocabulary of this generation Berlowitz also noted Ma s extensive educational work including his training and mentorship of thousands of youth around the world and his innovative Silk Road Project Ma was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993 He currently serves as a member of the Academy s national Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences Founded in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences www amacad org is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems Current Academy research focuses on science and technology policy global security social policy the humanities and culture and education With headquarters in Cambridge Massachusetts the Academy s work is advanced by its 4 300 elected members who

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