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Four UI professors inducted to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

IOWA CITY -- The four University of Iowa faculty members selected this year for membership in the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences will be formally inducted Saturday, Sept. 27 at a ceremony and dinner at the House of the Academy in Cambridge, Mass.

Dr. Francois Abboud, Edith King Pearson Professor of Cardiology and head of internal medicine; Dr. Antonio Damasio, Van Allen Distinguished Professor and head of neurology; Dr. Hanna Damasio, professor of neurology; and Linda K. Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and professor of history are among the 151 new Fellows elected to the Academy this year. Members of the Academy are chosen in recognition of their distinguished contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs, and the arts.

Other scholars elected to membership this year include Supreme Court Justice David Souter, Nobel laureates Martin Perl (physics) and Richard Roberts (physiology), and Pulitizer Prize winner in music Wynton Marsalis.

Founded in 1780, the Academy is a learned society with two purposes: to honor achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and to conduct projects and programs in response to the needs and problems of society and the intellectual community. Its membership totals some 3,300 fellows and 550 foreign honorary members, and includes 160 Nobel Prize laureates and 64 Pulitzer Prize winners.

The other UI fellows are James Van Allen, physics and astronomy; June Helm, anthropology; and James McPherson, creative writing. Former UI President Hunter Rawlings was elected to the Academy in 1995, just before leaving the campus to serve as president of Cornell University.