Professors Michael Doherty, Shelly Lundberg and Joan-Emma Shea of UCSB have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (Courtesy picture)
Three UC Santa Barbara faculty members have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chemist Joan-Emma Shea, economist Shelly Lundberg and chemical engineer Michael Doherty are among the 261 new fellows and international members of the prestigious organization.
Their selections bring to 45 the number of UCSB faculty members who have been named Academy Scholars.
“On behalf of our UC Santa Barbara community, I am honored and delighted to congratulate Professors Michael Doherty, Shelly Lundberg, and Joan-Emma Shea on their election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest societies scholars of the country,” said Chancellor Henry T. Yang.
“This prestigious achievement is a deeply meaningful affirmation from their peers of their inspiring leadership in research, teaching and service to our society,” he said.
• Doherty holds the Mellichamp Chair in Process Systems Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on process systems engineering, with particular interest in the conceptual design of chemical process systems, crystal engineering for product and process design, and separation with chemical reaction.
• Lundberg is the Leonard Broom Professor of Demography, Associate Director of the Broom Center for Demography, and a distinguished professor of economics. With expertise focused on labor economics and family economics, her current research examines the sources of academic inequality and gender gaps in education, as well as the status of women in the economic profession. .
• Shea is Associate Dean of Science and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His many areas of specialization include physical chemistry, biomedical sciences, and biology-inspired chemistry and physics. Research in the Shea group focuses on the development and application of statistical and computational chemistry and physics techniques to the study of biological problems.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and unites leaders to explore new ideas, address issues important to the nation and the world, and advance the public good. For more than 240 years, the academy has elected and hired exceptional people.
The election of 261 new members this year continues a tradition of recognizing achievement and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research.
“We celebrate a depth of achievement in a wide range of fields,” said David Oxtoby, president of the American Academy. “These people excel in areas that inspire and excite us at a time when recognizing excellence, praising expertise and working for the greater good are absolutely essential to realizing a better future. »
Artists, scholars, scientists and leaders from the public, non-profit and private sectors elected this year also include computer scientist Chieko Akasawa, writer Sandra Cisneros, musician Rhiannon Giddens, evolutionary biologist Harmit Singh Malik, historian Heather Cox Richardson and mathematician Claire Voisin. .
The new members join a distinguished group of previously elected individuals, including Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton in the 18th century; Ralph Waldo Emerson, Maria Mitchell and Charles Darwin in the 19th century; Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Margaret Mead, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Condoleezza Rice in the twentieth; and more recently Jennifer Doudna, Bryan Stevenson, M. Temple Grandin, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Sanjay Gupta.
“The academy was founded on the belief that the new republic should honor truly accomplished people and engage them in meaningful work,” said Nancy C. Andrews, chair of the academy’s board of trustees.
“The dual mission of the academy continues to this day. Membership is an honour, but also an opportunity to shape ideas and influence policy in areas as diverse as the arts, democracy, education, global affairs and science,” Andrews said.
Shea’s current work involves the study of cellular processes such as in vivo protein folding and protein aggregation. She is the editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, the first female editor in the journal’s 125-year history. She obtained her B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University, Canada, in 1992 and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from MIT in 1997.
Shea continued her postdoctoral studies at the Scripps Research Institute. After a year as an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago, she joined the UCSB faculty in 2001.
Lundberg is also a researcher at the IZA, a fellow and former president of the Society of Labor Economists and former president of the European Society for Population Economics. In 2020, she was elected Fellow Emeritus of the American Economic Association.
She served on the board of directors of the Population Association of America and chaired the AEA’s committee on the status of women in the economic profession. Lundberg’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.
Doherty joined the UCSB faculty in 2000 and served as department chair from 2008 to 2013. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he was named by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) one of the ” One Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era”. and was awarded the AIChE Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Research in Chemical Engineering.
Doherty holds six patents, has published over 200 technical papers and given over 250 guest lectures.
The academy is an independent research center that brings together leaders from all disciplines, professions and perspectives to address important challenges.
Founded by John Adams, John Hancock and others who believed the new republic should honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good, the academy named luminaries such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin among its first scholarship holders. Since then, more than 13,000 people have been elected as members of the academy.