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American Academy Of Arts And Sciences Launches Initiative To Address Challenges To Public Higher Education

About the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences ( is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current Academy research focuses on the humanities, arts, and higher education; science and technology policy; global security and energy; and American institutions and the public good. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy's work is advanced by its 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.

About Robert J. Birgeneau : Appointed Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, he also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering. He is an internationally distinguished physicist and well known for his commitment to diversity and equity in higher education. Previously, he served as President of the University of Toronto and Dean of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he spent twenty-five years on the faculty. He is the recipient of many awards for teaching and for his research on the fundamental properties of materials. He is a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of London, and the American Philosophical Society. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987.

About Leslie C. Berlowitz : The President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she also holds the William T. Golden Chair. She has led the Academy since 1996 and previously was former Vice President for Academic Advancement at New York University. She has served on advisory boards of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation of Yaddo, the National Humanities Alliance, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. Her publications include America in Theory ( Oxford University Press, 1988) with Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand; Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture ( New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1990); Restoring Trust in American Business (MIT Press, 2005) with Jay W. Lorsch and Andy Zelleke; and Reflecting on the Humanities, Daedalus (MIT Press, 2009) with Patricia Meyer Spacks. Awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Northeastern University in May of 2011, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2004.

SOURCE American Academy of Arts & Sciences

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