Eleven HHMI scientists are elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Eleven Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists are among 197 new fellows and 16 foreign honorary members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Membership in the American Academy honors individuals who have made prominent contributions to society and to their disciplines, which include mathematics, physics, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts, public affairs and business. The Academy's broad-based membership gives it a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research.

This year's new fellows and foreign honorary members include scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders from 11 countries. The Academy will welcome this year's new class at its annual induction ceremony on October 10, 2015, at its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Margaret Mead and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

The newly elected members are:

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Sangeeta N. Bhatia

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Carlos J. Bustamante

University of California, Berkeley

Joseph L. DeRisi

University of California, San Francisco

Joseph R. Ecker

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Michael B. Elowitz

California Institute of Technology

Stanley Fields

University of Washington

David D. Ginty

Harvard Medical School

Taekjip Ha

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Rice University

Alexander Rudensky

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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