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Engineering Dean Named Fellow of American Arts and Sciences

Other inductees include Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel laureates

Matthew Tirrell, dean of UCSB‘s College of Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the 25th UCSB faculty member named as a fellow of the prestigious academy.

The academy, made up of scholars and practitioners from diverse fields, conducts a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research. Its membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. The Academy’s research focuses on science and global security, social policy, the humanities and culture, and education.

This year’s fellows come from 28 states and 11 countries. They represent universities, museums, national laboratories, private research institutes, businesses and foundations. The newly elected group includes Nobel laureates and recipients of the Pulitzer and Pritzker Prizes, MacArthur fellowships, Oscars, Grammy and Tony Awards, and the National Medal of Honor.

“These remarkable men and women have made singular contributions to their fields, and to the world,” academy President Emilio Bizzi said.

“I feel sincerely honored by my election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which is a unique collection of scholars, artists and leaders from a very broad spectrum of activities of importance to society,” Tirrell said. “I look forward to contributing to the mission of this academy.”

In addition to his position as Dean, Tirrell is the Richard A. Auhll Professor at UCSB’s College of Engineering.

“This wonderful honor recognizes Professor Tirrell for his outstanding scholarship in the area of polymer surface properties and biomolecular materials and also his innovative academic leadership,” said UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang. “He is highly respected by his peers and colleagues in the engineering community, as well as on the UC Santa Barbara campus, where we join in saluting him on this achievement.”

This year’s new fellows include biographer Robert Caro, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George, singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris, actors Dustin Hoffman and James Earl Jones, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, and author Thomas Pynchon.

Scientists among the new fellows include co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology Mario Capecchi, recognized for his contributions to gene targeting; physicist Lene Hau, whose experimental work succeeded in stopping a beam of light; mathematician and Fields Medal winner Terence Tao; astrophysicist Guinevere Kauffmann, whose techniques calculate numerically the creation and evolution of galaxies and black holes in the early universe; and chemical engineer Adam Heller, whose numerous inventions include the lithium chloride battery and photochemically self-cleaning windows.

Among the newly elected foreign honorary members of the academy are Nelson Mandela, Dame Judith Dench, and Bono.

Founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected as fellows and foreign honorary members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth.

The academy will welcome this year’s new class at its annual Induction Ceremony on October 10, at the academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 
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