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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    Galston William Arthur Saul I Stern Professor of Civic Engagement University of Maryland Ganem Donald Emil Professor of Microbiology and Immunology University of California San Francisco Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gentner Dedre Professor of Psychology and of Education and Social Policy Northwestern University Ghez Andrea Professor of Astronomy University of California Los Angeles Ghiglione Loren F Dean Medill School of Journalism Northwestern University Girvin Steven M Professor of Physics and Applied Physics Yale University Goldman Alvin I Professor of Philosophy Rutgers University Gordon Jeffrey Ivan Dr Robert J Glaser Distinguished University Professor Washington University in St Louis Graetz Michael J Justus S Hotchkiss Professor of Law Yale University Gray Francine du Plessix Writer Biographer New York New York Greif Avner Bowman Family Professor in the Humanities and Sciences Stanford University Gross Leonard Professor of Mathematics Cornell University Grosz Barbara J Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences Harvard University Grove David C Professor of Anthropology University of Florida Guarente Leonard P Novartis Professor of Biology Massachusetts Institute of Technology Gundersheimer Werner L Director Emeritus Folger Shakespeare Library Gurnett Donald A Roy J Carver James A Van Allen Professor of Physics University of Iowa Handler Joel F Professor of Law University of California Los Angeles Harvey Jeffrey A Chair Department of Physics Enrico Fermi Distinguished Service Professor University of Chicago Hechter Michael Professor of Sociology University of Washington Heinrich Bernd Professor of Biology University of Vermont Hockfield Susan Provost William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology Yale University Holbrooke Richard C Vice Chairman Perseus LLC Former U S Ambassador to the United Nations Horowitz Frances Degen President Graduate School and University Center City University of New York Hyman Steven E University Provost Harvard University Jacobsen Eric N Sheldon Emory Professor of Chemistry Harvard University Jameson James Larry Irving S Cutter Professor and Chair of Medicine Northwestern University Joseph Brian D Kenneth E Naylor Professor of South Slavic Languages Ohio State University Kanade Takeo U A and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University Kasperson Roger E Geographer Executive Director Stockholm Environment Institute Sweden Katok Anatole Raymond N Shibley Professor of Mathematics Pennsylvania State University Lazowska Edward D Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science Engineering University of Washington Lepper Mark R Professor and Chair of Psychology Stanford University Levin Bruce R Samuel Chandler Dobbs Professor of Biology Emory University Levy Jay A Professor of Medicine University of California San Francisco Lin Fang Hua Silver Professor of Mathematics New York University Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Manin Yuri I Board of Trustees Professor of Mathematics Northwestern University Marden Brice Visual Artist New York New York Martin Donald A Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy University of California Los Angeles Massey James L Adjunct Professor of Information Technology Lund University McDonnell John F Retired Chairman of the Board McDonnell Douglas Corp Meadows Jr Curtis W Executive Director RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service University of Texas at Austin Meeks Wayne Woolsey Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus Yale University Meltzer Daniel J Story

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    and Sciences 136 Irving Street Cambridge MA 02138 Have you no sense of decency sir at long last Have you left no sense of decency Joseph Welch s famous words heralded the end of Senator Joseph McCarthy s meteoric political career Now fifty years after the close of the Army McCarthy hearings and McCarthy s censure by the Senate the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is holding a symposium that will reexamine this tumultuous period in American history A panel of three experts will bring personal experience and diverse perspectives to examine the importance and the legacy of a movement whose echoes still reverberate The panelists are Nathan Glazer Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Education at Harvard University He co edited the quarterly The Public Interest from 1973 to 2003 In the 1950s he was an editor of Commentary magazine where he wrote among other things on the Rosenberg case and on Senator McCarthy Anthony Lewis columnist for the New York Times from 1969 to 2001 Lewis has held teaching appointments at Columbia and Harvard authored numerous books and articles on legal subjects and twice won the Pulitzer Prize the first time in 1955 for a series investigating the illegal dismissal of a naval employee as a security risk under McCarthyism Sam Tanenhaus Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair Tanenhaus is the author of the biography Whittaker Chambers finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book prize He has argued that McCarthyism far from being an isolated phenomenon in fact prefigured the inside the beltway revolt that has been a hallmark of American conservatism in the last half century from Nixon to Gingrich and beyond The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams and other scholar patriots to cultivate every

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    the humanities So much of what we hold dear as Americans has been touched by the Academy and with this funding it can continue to do some of this country s greatest work The Academy s passion for the humanities combined with its nonpartisan studies on international security and education are one of America s treasures This grant stated Leslie Cohen Berlowitz Executive Officer of the Academy confirms the Academy s role as one of the country s major centers for research in the humanities We are grateful to the NEH for not only affirming the significance of the Academy s work in the humanities but also for enabling us to increase resources for an emerging generation of scholars The Academy s initiative has received widespread support from educators including the presidents and chancellors of 41 colleges and universities As University Affiliates they provide financial and institutional assistance to the Academy The initiative will also draw on the research of the Academy s Fellows both in the social sciences and the humanities The Initiative encompasses four major components Fostering research by the Academy s Fellows and other experts into the history of the humanities with recommendations for possible improvements to the national humanities infrastructure Launching an unprecedented ten year effort to create more data for the humanities the Humanities Indicators that will dramatically improve the information available about the general state of the humanities Creating resources for younger scholars and new research through the Academy s Visiting Scholars Program Expanding public knowledge of the humanities through symposia meetings and lectures Among the distinguished Fellows who have contributed to the humanities initiative are Steven Marcus of Columbia University DenisDonoghue of New York University Stephen Raudenbush of the University of Michigan Pauline Yu President of the American Council of Learned Societies Francis

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    of the outsider Academy Fellow Peter C Agre Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who was inducted into the American Academy of Arts Sciences this month shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Roderick MacKinnon Rockefeller University He was cited for his discovery of the channels that regulate and facilitate water molecule transport through cell membranes Academy Foreign Honorary Members Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov Argonne National Laboratory and Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg P N Lebedev Physical Institute Moscow Russia and Academy Fellow Anthony J Leggett University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids National Medals of Science and Technology 2002 President George W Bush announced on October 22 2003 the recipients of the nation s highest honor for science and technology naming the laureates to receive the 2002 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology The honorees will receive the medals at a White House ceremony on November 6 2003 The National Medal of Science honors individuals in a variety of fields for pioneering scientific research that has led to a better understanding of the world around us as well as to the innovations and technologies that give the United States its global economic edge The National Science Foundation administers the award established by Congress in 1959 Academy Fellows among the 2002 National Medal of Science Laureates Leo L Beranek former Academy President co founder of BBN Technologies Retired engineer who designed communications and noise reduction systems for World War II aircraft Has also written about the acoustics of concert halls Engineering John I Brauman professor of organic and physical chemistry at Stanford University Helped determine the role that solvent plays in chemical stability and reactivity Studied energy transfer and its effects on chemical dynamics Chemistry James E Darnell Jr professor emeritus of biology at Rockefeller University Research on how cells retrieve information from DNA provided the first evidence for RNA processing and for signaling genes from the cell surface Biological Sciences Richard L Garwin physicist and senior fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and emeritus fellow at the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center Research has led to the development of superconducting electronic circuitry and many American military innovations Physical Sciences James G Glimm professor of applied mathematics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook Work in quantum field theory and statistical mechanics has influenced mathematical physics and probability Has also made contributions to shock wave theory Mathematics Evelyn M Witkin professor emerita of genetics at Rutgers University Helped establish the field of DNA mutagenesis and DNA repair Biological Sciences Edward Witten professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study One of the principal authors of string theory Physical Sciences The National Medal of Technology recognizes men and women who embody the spirit of American innovation and have advanced the nation s global competitiveness Their groundbreaking contributions commercialize technologies create jobs improve productivity and stimulate

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  • Press Releases - American Academy of Arts & Sciences
    spoke at the ceremony which also featured a performance by prominent operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes All are members of the class of 2003 Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks officiated at the day s celebrations Vice President Louis W Cabot Secretary Emilio Bizzi and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz greeted the new members Academy Fellows and project committee members Robert Post Joel E Cohen Linda Greenhouse and William Allen provided new members with an overview of ongoing Academy programs that range from designing recommendations for better corporate governance and the relationship between Congress and the Supreme Court to providing universal basic and secondary education to the world s children The Academy is pleased to honor the accomplishments of these outstanding and influential individuals Throughout its history Fellows of the Academy have been dedicated to advancing intellectual thought and constructive action in American society We have inducted individuals this year who have already achieved the goal of helping humanity through their own work We have no doubt that they will assist our mission as well said Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks Leslie Berlowitz the Academy s Executive Officer added The Induction ceremony introduces our new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members to the Academy s unique blend of rich history cutting edge thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration It is a day when the world s foremost marine biologist might enjoy a conversation with a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist We are especially pleased with the insightful remarks by this year s speakers New Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members are nominated and elected by current members of the Academy Members are divided into five distinct classes I Mathematical and Physical Science II Biological Sciences III Social Sciences IV Humanities and Arts and V Public Affairs Business and Administration The unique structure of the American Academy allows members to conduct interdisciplinary studies that draw on the full range of academic and professional fields of its members Past projects have included work on arms control inequality and the rise of fundamentalist religions around the world Information on the Academy s current program areas can be found at its website www amacad org The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams James Bowdoin John Hancock and other scholar patriots to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest honor dignity and happiness of a free independent and virtuous people The Academy has elected as Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation including George Washington and Ben Franklin in the eighteenth century Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth Its current membership of over 3 900 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members includes more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners Drawing on the wide ranging expertise of its membership the American Academy conducts thoughtful innovative non partisan studies on international security social policy education and the humanities This year s election maintains the

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    which will include both an orientation and an induction The new class of 187 Fellows and 29 Foreign Honorary Members includes four college presidents three Nobel Prize winners and four Pulitzer Prize winners Philanthropist William H Gates Sr Akamai founder and MIT professor Frank Thomson Leighton chemist Carolyn R Bertozzi and chair of Princeton University s Department of English Michael Wood will speak at the ceremony which will also feature a performance by prominent operatic baritone Sherrill Milnes All are members of the 2003 class of Inductees The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams James Bowdoin John Hancock and other scholar patriots to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest honor dignity and happiness of a free independent and virtuous people The Academy has elected as Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation including George Washington and Ben Franklin in the eighteenth century Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth Its current membership of over 3 900 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members includes more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners Drawing on the wide ranging expertise of its membership the American Academy conducts thoughtful innovative non partisan studies on international security American institutions education and the humanities This year s election maintains the Academy s practice of honoring intellectual achievement leadership and creativity in all fields Peter Agre who recently won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Lawrence S Bacow president of Tufts University poet Robert Creeley Jeri Laber senior advisor to Human Rights Watch Nobel Prize winning physicist Donald Glaser Pulitzer Prize winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich William Allen director of the Center for Law Business at New York University

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    Law moderator Abner J Mikva University of Chicago Law School panelists Jesse Choper Robert C Post and Nelson W Polsby all UC Berkeley and Linda Greenhouse The New York Times discussing this question Judicial independence signifies that judges are free to decide cases fairly and impartially protected from outside pressures and special interests Congress however has the authority to determine the scope and range of judicial jurisdiction and the Senate must confirm the appointment of all nominees to the federal bench Congress also has the power of the purse in overseeing the federal court system Participants at the May 15th meeting will consider the increasing tension between these forms of democratic supervision and judicial independence The American Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest honor dignity and happiness of a free independent and virtuous people Drawing on the expertise of its 3 700 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members the Academy conducts innovative non partisan studies on U S institutions security the humanities and education Participants Howard Berman D California Howard Berman began his career in public service as a VISTA volunteer and as a labor relations lawyer In 1973 he was elected to the California State Assembly where he served until 1982 when he was elected to Congress Berman is a senior member of the House Judiciary and International Relations committees As Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts the Internet and Intellectual Property Berman plays a key role in shaping copyright trademark and patent laws During the 108th Congress he will be involved with matters relating to the federal courts such as the creation of new judgeships and privacy concerns raised by Web access to court documents Abner J Mikva Visiting Professor of Law University of Chicago Law School Abner J Mikva served as White House Counsel from 1994 to 1995 Prior to his appointment he served as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Before coming to the bench he was elected to Congress for five terms representing portions of Chicago and its suburbs In Congress he served on both the Ways and Means Committee and the Judiciary Committee He also served five consecutive terms in the Illinois House of Representatives Danny J Boggs Judge U S Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Cincinnati Ohio The Honorable Danny J Boggs has been a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since his appointment by President Reagan in 1986 Judge Boggs had a distinguished career in both private practice and government service before his appointment to the court His served as the Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States 1973 75 Assistant Director of the White House Office of Policy Development 1982 83 and Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Energy 1983 86 Judith Resnik Arthur Liman Professor of Law Yale Law School Judith Resnik teaches

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    Sherman and Nobel Prize winning physicist Donald Glaser The selection of Foreign Honorary Members continues the tradition of honoring distinguished experts and intellectuals from outside the United States whose work complements the values of the American Academy Niels Bohr Alfred Lord Tennyson Jawaharlal Nehru and Albert Camus were among past elected Foreign Honorary Members This year s class includes conductor Helmuth Rilling founder of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart Anthony Kenny former Master of Balliol College at the University of Oxford and Lloyd Axworthy formerly Canada s Minister of Foreign Affairs It gives me great pleasure to welcome these outstanding and influential individuals to the nation s oldest and most illustrious learned society Election to the American Academy is an honor that acknowledges the best of all scholarly fields and professions Newly elected Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes those who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines said Academy President Patricia Meyer Spacks Leslie Berlowitz the Academy s Executive Officer added The American Academy is unique among academies for its breadth and scope Throughout its history the Academy has gathered individuals with diverse perspectives to participate in studies and projects focusing on advancing intellectual thought and constructive action In the past year the Academy has focused on issues from advancing the humanities relevance in American society to analyzing the cost of war in Iraq We know that this year s Fellows will continue in the Academy s tradition of cherishing knowledge New Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members are nominated and elected by current members of the Academy Members are divided into five distinct classes I mathematics and physics II biological sciences III social sciences IV humanities and arts and V public affairs and business The unique structure of the American Academy allows Members to conduct interdisciplinary studies that draw on the range of academic and intellectual disciplines The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams James Bowdoin John Hancock and other scholar patriots to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest honor dignity and happiness of a free independent and virtuous people The Academy has elected as Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation including George Washington and Ben Franklin in the eighteenth century Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth The current membership includes more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners Drawing on the wide ranging expertise of its membership the American Academy conducts thoughtful innovative non partisan studies on international security social policy education and the humanities This year s election maintains the Academy s practice of honoring intellectual achievement leadership and creativity in all fields Catherine Bertini Undersecretary General of the United Nations and Chief Executive of the World Food Program novelists Richard Ford and Peter Carey Jeri Laber senior advisor to Human Rights Watch Pulitzer Prize winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich William J McDonough

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