Laurencin and Vunjak-Novakovic named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Two BMES fellows are among the new class of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the organization announced this week.Cato T. Laurencin, Univesity of Connecticut, and Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia University are members of the new class of more than 200 members.
Members are recognized for outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government, and public affairs.
The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and others who believed the new republic should honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good. The Academy's dual mission remains essentially the same 239 years later with honorees from increasingly diverse fields and with the work focused on the arts, democracy, education, global affairs, and science.
“With the election of these members, the Academy upholds the ideals of research and scholarship, creativity and imagination, intellectual exchange and civil discourse, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge in all its forms,” said David W. Oxtoby, President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.