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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    foundations This year s new Fellows 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 Foreign Honorary Members in this year s class come from Europe Asia Canada and the Middle East and include Italian glassblower Lino Tagliapietra Israeli biochemist and Nobel laureate Avram Hershko French literary scholar Tzvetan Todorov Pritzker Prize winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members are nominated and elected to the Academy by current members A broad based membership comprised of scholars and practitioners from mathematics physics biological sciences social sciences humanities and the arts public affairs and business gives the Academy a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research It gives me great pleasure to welcome these outstanding leaders in their fields to the Academy said Academy President Emilio Bizzi Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large Throughout its history the Academy has convened the leading thinkers of the day from diverse perspectives to participate in projects and studies that advance the public good added Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz I am confident that this distinguished class of new Fellows will continue that tradition of cherishing knowledge and shaping the future The

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    Warren and a performance by singer Emmylou Harris The event is part of The Public Good Knowledge as the Foundation for a Democratic Society a two and a half day series of panel discussions conversations and dinner programs that focus on some of the most pressing issues facing the nation The meeting brings together 800 of the foremost scientists humanists and leaders in business and public affairs from around the country Billington is being recognized for his visionary leadership of the Library of Congress path breaking scholarship and strong advocacy for libraries and cultural institutions The Public Good Award citation to be presented by former Senator Paul Sarbanes D MD states Historian librarian teacher administrator communicator custodian and disseminator of learning you have recognized and advanced the power of knowledge as intrinsic to intercultural understanding From books to bytes in print and online you have brought a great house of learning into the digital age ensuring that Jefferson s dream of a universal collection of human knowledge is a reality for all Franklin is being recognized for being a stalwart champion of civil rights in America and one of the most respected historians of his generation The Public Good Award citation to be presented by Duke University Law Professor and former U S Solicitor General Walter Dellinger III states You held up a Mirror to America bore witness to inequality and injustice and acted against both Your seminal scholarship has reshaped our understanding of America providing both blacks and whites with a new reflection of themselves and each other As the consummate teacher you reached out to instruct this nation and inspired millions of Americans to grasp a present and a future long owed to them You personify the great humanitarian a courageous and gentle man whose strong words and quiet actions are beyond measure All of us who value freedom and opportunity stand tall in your presence O Connor is being recognized for a lifetime of public service as an assistant state attorney general state legislator and trailblazing jurist The Public Good Award citation to be presented by attorney Conrad Harper states Intelligence independence and integrity have defined your life and work For those faced with personal and professional challenges and especially for women you demonstrated courage raised expectations and overcame barriers with strength spirit and tenacity To the Supreme Court you brought a much needed voice for fairness balance and moderation In a world beset by divisions you continue to build bridges and to affirm the importance of public service through your principled words and actions Founded in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems Current Academy research focuses on science and global security social policy the humanities and culture and education The Academy publishes the quarterly journal Dædalus With headquarters in Cambridge Massachusetts the Academy s work is advanced by its 4 600 elected members who are leaders in the academic

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    learned societies the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society APS meet jointly for the first time Both organizations pre date the birth of the nation and include among their founding members Benjamin Franklin John Adams James Bowdoin and John Hancock Among the more than 30 featured presenters at the April meeting are former Mexican Secretary of the Treasury Pedro Aspe Librarian of Congress James Billington journalists Tom Brokaw and Gwen Ifill National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone former Solicitor General Wallter Dellinger III writer E L Doctorow Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg historian John Hope Franklin New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Linda Greenhouse attorney Conrad Harper singer Emmylou Harris DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles Holliday Jr media commentator Kathleen Hall Jamieson New York Chief Judge Judith Kaye Chairman of the President s Council of Economic Advisors Edward Lazear religion scholar Martin Marty Carnegie Institution President Richard Meserve former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O Connor Mellon Foundation President Don Michael Randel former Aetna Chairman and CEO John Rowe former Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes Nobel laureate economist Robert Solow poet Rosanna Warren and San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President and CEO Janet Yellen The Public Good Knowledge as the Foundation for a Democratic Society will bring together academics and practitioners for a series of panel discussions conversations and dinner programs that focus on some of the most pressing issues facing the nation Joining them for the historic two and a half day meeting will be members of the congressionally chartered National Academies the National Academy of Sciences the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine The APS was founded in 1743 in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin The American Academy was founded in 1780 in Cambridge Massachusetts by John Adams They were

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    David Wright Laura Grego and Lisbeth Gronlund May 2005 https www amacad org content publications publication aspx d 352 United States Space Policy Challenges and Opportunities by George Abbey and Neal Lane June 2005 https www amacad org content publications publication aspx d 354 All of the above studies are written for a lay reader and provide a historic political and technical context for major policy issues affecting the commercial military and scientific uses of space A summary of each report follows Chinese Perspectives on Space Weapons by physicist Hui Zhang examines Chinese security concerns about U S missile defense and space policies and how the Chinese government may respond to those concerns and outlines technical and legal measures the international community might take to protect all countries scientific commercial and military uses of space A research associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University s John F Kennedy School of Government Hui Zhang s research focuses on nuclear arms control and space security The Minimum Means of Reprisal China s Search for Security in the Nuclear Age will be published by MIT Press next month The study examines China s nuclear defense investments strategic force deployments including space weapons and arms control behavior The book s forward table of contents and a chapter entitled A Legal Undertaking to Prevent an Arms Race in Outer Space are available online at the above link The author Jeffrey Lewis is executive director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in Harvard University s Kennedy School of Government The Physics of Space Security provides a review for non specialists of the physics governing a wide variety of space operations The authors describe the capabilities of anti satellite weapons and weapons

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    nations to fund Five changes are essential to achieve universal primary and secondary education by mid century Open discussions nationally regionally and internationally on what people want primary and secondary education to achieve that is the goals of education A commitment to improving the effectiveness and economic efficiency of education A commitment to extending high quality secondary education to all children Recognition of the diverse character of educational systems in different countries and adaptation of aid policies and educational assessment requirements to local contexts More funding from rich countries for education in poor countries Although greater numbers of people are completing primary secondary and tertiary education than ever before ensuring universally available high quality schooling still faces major obstacles In Educating All Children leading experts discuss the current state of education and how to measure global educational progress the history of compulsory education political and financial obstacles to expanding education the role of educational assessment and evaluation in developing countries cost estimates for providing universal education and why they differ so widely the potential consequences of expanded global education and the relationship between education and health Universal primary education has long been advocated in international forums but the editors contend that secondary education must also be universally available They note that many benefits of education do not accrue until students have had ten years or more of schooling and that primary education is more attractive if high quality secondary education beckons At the current rate of progress the international commitment to universal primary education by 2015 as expressed in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals will not be met According to the study by 2015 roughly 114 million children most in the world s poorest countries will still not be enrolled in primary school and almost twice that number will not be receiving a secondary education British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown commented Educating All Children A Global Agenda is a timely reminder of the importance of universal access to education in the fight against poverty Stephen P Heyneman Professor of International Education Policy at Vanderbilt University said This is among the most interesting books on education and development I have read in a decade The volume is edited by Academy Fellows Joel E Cohen Rockefeller and Columbia Universities and David E Bloom Harvard University School of Public Health and Academy Program Director Martin B Malin Contributors include Aaron Benavot UNESCO Hebrew University of Jerusalem Eric Bettinger Case Western Reserve University Melissa Binder University of New Mexico Henry Braun Educational Testing Service Claudia Buchmann Ohio State University Javier Corrales Amherst College Helen Anne Curry Yale University Paul Glewwe University of Minnesota Emily Hannum University of Pennsylvania Anil Kanjee Human Sciences Research Council Michael Kremer Harvard University Julia Resnik Hebrew University of Jerusalem Gene Sperling Council on Foreign Relations and Meng Zhao University of Minnesota Educating All Children A Global Agenda is published by the MIT Press The volume grew out of a multidisciplinary project undertaken by the American Academy

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    conductor Michael Tilson Thomas New York Stock Exchange chairman Marshall Carter and Kenneth Chenault Chairman and CEO of the American Express Company The newly elected class also includes Elbert Rutan designer and constructor of the Voyager the first vehicle to circumnavigate the earth without refueling and other renowned experimental aircraft Charles Thacker designer of the world s first personal computer workstation William Greenough of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign whose research provided the first clear evidence for the structural basis of memory Michael Dawson University of Chicago political scientist who has authored influential studies of race and politics in the United States Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig who is a leading expert on the legal and social consequences of the information revolution Bancroft Prize winning historian William Cronon National Book Award winning author Xuefei Jin former U S Poet Laureate Rita Dove Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet and New Yorker editor David Remnick Foreign Honorary Members in this year s class come from Europe Asia South America and the Middle East and include National University of Singapore President Shih ChoonFong Japanese ecologist Yoh Iwasa Ecuadorian biologist and Galapagos Islands champion Eugenia Del Pino Veintimilla British author and playwright William Trevor and Henri Loyrette president and director of the Louvre Museum in Paris The 175 Fellows and 20 Foreign Honorary Members who make up the American Academy s 226th class are leaders in scholarship business the arts and public affairs They come from 24 states and 13 countries and include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize laureates MacArthur and Guggenheim fellows A complete list of new members is available on the Academy s website at https www amacad org content members members aspx The Academy takes great pride in honoring the accomplishments of these outstanding and influential individuals said incoming Academy President Emilio Bizzi who officiated at the day s proceedings Throughout its history Fellows of the Academy have been dedicated to advancing intellectual thought and constructive action in America and the world We are confident that our newest group of Fellows will help us fulfill that mission in significant ways The Induction ceremony is an opportunity to both welcome new members and celebrate the extraordinary history of the organization now in its third century of service to the nation said Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz The Academy both honors excellence by electing members to its fellowship and draws on that distinguished membership to address critical social and intellectual issues Its programs support practical policy approaches to the most pressing problems of the day It does so through studies publications meetings and symposia The unique structure of the Academy allows members to conduct interdisciplinary studies that draw on the full range of academic and professional fields of its members On Saturday new members learned about the Academy s wide ranging research program from current Fellows who lead some of the ongoing studies They include Academy projects on improving the state of the humanities the

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    Cabot Receives Scholar Patriot Award 5 10 2006 Press Release CAMBRIDGE Mass The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has presented the prestigious Scholar Patriot award to Louis W Cabot for his distinguished service to the Academy and to the nation The recognition is granted for the extraordinary contributions of individuals who share the founding fathers vision of service Cabot is the third individual to receive the 226 year old Academy s Scholar Patriot award The Academy recognized Cabot for a lifetime of achievement as a leader of business and not for profit organizations He served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Cabot Corporation chaired the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and has served as a member of the board of major public companies He also has chaired or served on the boards of dozens of cultural educational health environmental and public policy organizations ranging from Harvard University the MIT Corporation Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution the Island Institute and the Boston Museum of Science to the Brookings Institution the Council on Foreign Relations and the United States Chamber of Commerce Cabot was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1958 He currently serves as its vice president and founding chair of the Academy Trust Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz and former Secretary Emilio Bizzi presented the award at the 225th annual meeting of the Academy Founded in 1780 the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems Current Academy research focuses on science and global security social policy the humanities and culture and education With headquarters in Cambridge Massachusetts the Academy s work is advanced by its 4 600 elected members who are leaders

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    universities a dozen corporations as well as museums research institutes media outlets and foundations Those elected this year include former Presidents George H W Bush and William Jefferson Clinton Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Nobel Prize winning biochemist and Rockefeller University President Sir Paul Nurse the chairman and vice chairman of the 9 11 commission Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton actor and director Martin Scorsese choreographer Meredith Monk conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and New York Stock Exchange chairman Marshall Carter along with leading scientists and scholars from across the nation The newly elected class also includes Elbert Rutan designer and constructor of the Voyager the first vehicle to circumnavigate the earth without refueling and other renowned experimental aircraft Charles Thacker designer of the world s first personal computer workstation William Greenough of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign whose research provided the first clear evidence for the structural basis of memory Michael Dawson University of Chicago political scientist who has authored influential studies of race and politics in the United States Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig who is a leading expert on the legal and social consequences of the information revolution Bancroft Prize winning historian William Cronon National Book Award winning author Xuefei Jin former U S Poet Laureate Rita Dove Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet and New Yorker editor David Remnick and Kenneth Chenault Chairman and CEO of the American Express Company Foreign Honorary Members in this year s class come from Europe Asia South America and the Middle East and include former French Minister of Justice and current member of the French Senate Robert Badinter National University of Singapore President Shih Choon Fong Japanese ecologist Yoh Iwasa Ecuadorian biologist and Galapagos Islands champion Eugenia Del Pino Veintimilla British author and playwright William Trevor and Henri Loyrette president and director of the Louvre Museum in Paris Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members are nominated and elected to the Academy by current members A broad based membership comprised of scholars and practitioners from mathematics physics biological sciences social sciences humanities and the arts public affairs and business gives the Academy a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research It gives me great pleasure to welcome these outstanding leaders in their fields to the Academy said Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large Throughout its history the Academy has convened the leading thinkers of the day from diverse perspectives to participate in projects and studies that advance the public good added Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz I am confident that this distinguished class of new Fellows will continue that tradition of cherishing knowledge and shaping the future The Academy will welcome this year s new class at its annual Induction Ceremony on October 7 at the Academy s headquarters in Cambridge Massachusetts Founded in

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