Eight Yale faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

(Top row, left to right) O. Keith Baker, Karen C. Seto, Richard Gutierrez Bribiescas, Rohini Pande, (second row, left to right) Alison Richard, Justin Driver, Ruslan Medzhitov, and Eduardo A. Groisman

Eight Yale faculty members in fields as diverse as anthropology, geography, law, and medicine are among the 261 accomplished individuals elected new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).

The academy honors excellence and convenes leaders to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and advance the public good.

We are celebrating a depth of achievements in a breath of areas,” said David Oxtoby, president of the AAAS. “These individuals excel in ways that excite us and inspire us at a time when recognizing excellence, commending expertise, and working toward the common good is absolutely essential to realizing a better future.”

The academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and other early leaders of America with the purpose of honoring exceptionally accomplished individuals and engaging them in the betterment of society.

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By Susan Gonzalez