Scientists among the newly elected members 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 and H. David Politzer.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Reznick, who has been in the forefront of evolutionary biology for a number of years. His work demonstrating the rapidity with which evolution can occur has revolutionized our thinking about how the biological world works," said Thomas O. Baldwin, the dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
Others included in the 2011 class of new members are: jazz icon Dave Brubeck; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; actor Daniel Day-Lewis; novelist Oscar Hijuelos; singer-songwriter Paul Simon; actor Sam Waterston; actor Helen Mirren and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Also included in the new class are leaders from public affairs and journalism, business, and social science, as well as educational, cultural, and foundation leaders.
"It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments," said Leslie Berlowitz, the president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. "The knowledge and expertise of our members give the academy a unique capacity and responsibility to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing ch
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