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Oct. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today inducted 166 members, from leading scientists, authors, and business executives, to the heads of academic, philanthropic, and cultural institutions in
the United States and abroad.
Academy Award-winning actor
Sally Field, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker
Ken Burns, novelist
Martin Amis and jazz great
Herbie Hancock were among the inductees. Field and Burns read from the Letters of
John and Abigail Adams, and the ceremony concluded with a performance by Hancock.
The ceremony included talks by five new inductees:
Xiaowei Zhuang; President of
Rockefeller University and neuroscientist
University of California, Berkeley learning and child development scholar
Alison Gopnik; historian
Paula Fredriksen of The
Hebrew University; and
Phyllis Wise, Chancellor of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
"The Induction Ceremony recognizes the achievement and vitality of today's most accomplished individuals who together with the Academy will work to advance the greater good," said Academy Secretary
Jerrold Meinwald. "These distinguished men and women are making significant strides in their quest to find solutions to the most pressing scientific, humanistic, and policy challenges of the day."
Founded in 1780, the American Academy is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious learned societies, and an independent research center that draws from its members' expertise to conduct studies in science
and technology policy, global security, the humanities and culture, social policy, and education.
Members of the 2013 class include winners of the Nobel Prize; National Medal of Science; the Lasker Award; the Pulitzer and the
Shaw prizes; the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; and Grammy, Emmy, Academy, and Tony awards.
This year's inductees include: Nobel Prize winner
David J. Wineland; chief academic officer of the Broad Institute
Robert A. Bjork; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
Jeffrey Eugenidesand U.S. Poet Laureate
Natasha Trethewey; U.S. Secretary of Energy
Tom Siebel CEO of C3 Energy; philanthropist and co-founder of the Carlyle Group
David M. Rubenstein;
University of Southern California President
Max Nikias; and Director of Institute for Advanced Study
In addition to the Induction ceremony, weekend events also included:
Presentation of the Emerson-Thoreau Medal to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Rothand the Award for Humanistic Studies to Denis Donoghue and Helen Vendler on October 11 with readings and presentations by writers Emma Donoghue, Jeffrey Eugenides, Martin Amis, and Paul Theroux; poet Natasha Trethewey; artist/illustrator Roz Chast; filmmaker Albert Maysles; and a performance by clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.
A Briefing on October 12 featuring presentations by leaders of Academy policy projects including Science Policy,Security and Energy, and Humanities, Education and Social Policy.
Talks by both U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Ken Burns on Sunday, October 13. Burns' presentation included a preview of his new film, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."