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Five Elected Fellows of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Five faculty members have been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.

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May 13, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Five members of the Northwestern University faculty have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

They are among 212 scholars, scientists, artists and civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders elected this year to one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.

The new members from Northwestern are:

• Zdeněk P. Bažant, McCormick School Professor and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Bažant's research focuses on fracture, damage, inelastic behavior, stability and safety of structures made of heterogeneous brittle materials. He is known as a world leader in research on scaling in solid mechanics. His discoveries led to understanding of size effects in quasi-brittle materials and a widely applicable size-effect law. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic, Accademia di Scienze e Lettere (Milan) and European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Bažant has received numerous awards and honors, including six honorary doctorates. He has authored more than 490 refereed journal articles and six books. He has been on the Northwestern faculty since 1969.

• Eddie Dekel, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics in the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. A leading game theorist, Dekel works on a range of topics including voting, evolution of preferences and modeling unforeseen contingencies and temptation. A fellow of the Econometric Society, he serves on its council and executive committee. Dekel is a charter member of the Game Theory Society and member of its council. He has held grants from the National Science Foundation and the United States–Israel Binational Science Foundation and fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science. He is an associate editor of Theoretical Economics and has been editor of Econometrica and associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and Games and Economic Behavior. His extensive publications include journal articles, book chapters and symposium proceedings. He has taught at Northwestern since 1993 and is also affiliated with Tel Aviv University.

• Larry V. Hedges, Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Social Policy in Weinberg College and the School of Education and Social Policy and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. A national leader in the fields of educational statistics and evaluation, Hedges joined the Northwestern faculty in 2005. He is best known for his work to develop statistical methods for meta-analysis — a statistical analysis of the results of multiple studies that combines their findings — in the social, medical and biological sciences. Widely published, he has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and five books. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology and a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Psychological Association. He is a recipient of the Frederick Mosteller Award of the Campbell Collaboration, an international research review organization, and the Ingram Olkin Award of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology.

• Robert A. Orsi, Grace Craddock Nagle Professor in Catholic Studies in the Weinberg College department of religion and professor of history. He studies American Catholicism in both historical and ethnographic perspective and is also widely recognized for his work on theory and method for the study of religion. He was president of the American Academy of Religion in 2002–03. His books have been discussed at several symposia and have received awards from the American Catholic Historical Association, Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society, the Organization of American Historians and the American Academy of Religion. He is currently at work on the "Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies" and on a social and cultural history of 20th-century Catholic childhoods in the United States, to be published by Harvard University Press. He joined the Northwestern faculty in 2007.

• Michael D. Whinston, Robert E. and Emily H. King Professor in Business Institutions in the Weinberg College department of economics. Whinston has taught at Northwestern since 1998 and is co-director of the University's Center for the Study of Industrial Organization. His research interests are industrial organization, antitrust and regulation, incentives, microeconomic theory and game theory. He is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of the Econometric Society. He has received a number of National Science Foundation research grants and has been a fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences.

New members will be formally inducted in Cambridge, Mass., in October. From 20 states and 15 countries, they represent the arts and humanities, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector, including more than 50 universities, a dozen corporations, museums, national laboratories, private research institutes, media outlets and foundations.

"The Academy honors excellence by electing to membership remarkable men and women who have made preeminent contributions to their fields and to the world," said President Emilio Bizzi. "We are pleased to welcome into the Academy these new members to help advance our founders' goal of 'cherishing knowledge and shaping the future.'"



Founded in 1780, the Academy has elected as members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation. Its diverse membership of scholars and practitioners from many disciplines and professions allows the organization to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary, long-term policy research studies of complex and emerging problems.