April 24, 2013
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Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, Ph.D.
Donna M. Ferriero, M.D.
Regis B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Three UCSF scientists have been selected to join the 2013 class of one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies for top scholars, scientists, writers, artists and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday the election of 198 new members, including UCSF neuroscientist Arturo Alvarez-Buylla; UCSF pediatric neurologist Donna M. Ferriero; and Regis B. Kelly, director of the Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3).
The new UCSF inductees join more than 50 existing members representing the University.
The academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to the academy's publications and studies covering a variety of areas, including science, technology global security, humanities and education.
"Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good," said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. "We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day."
Other notable members of the 2013 class include neuroscientist Marc Tessier-Lavigne, chemist Xiaowei Zhuang, mathematical physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, educator Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, astronaut and former Sen. John Glenn, actor and director Robert De Niro, musicians Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger, U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and operatic soprano Renée Fleming.
The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 12 at the academy headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.
About the Academy
Since its founding in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected leading "thinkers and doers" from each generation, according to the institution. They include George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th, as well as more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
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.
UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.
About UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include children's health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women's health and cancer. It operates as a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF and generates its own revenues to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.