Updated March 26 at 6:25pm
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3 Brown professors elected into AAAS


PROVIDENCE – Three Brown University Professors – David Cane, Rose McDermott and Walter Strauss – have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the school announced Wednesday.

In a membership drive that attracted 198 of the best and brightest in sectors including academia, business and public affairs, Cane, McDermott and Strauss will inducted in a ceremony on Oct. 12 in Cambridge, Mass. at AAAS headquarters.

The newest Brown cohort to enter the society — formed during the American Revolution as a think tank and policy research cooperative for the country’s scholarly freedom fighters — is distinguished by revolutionaries in their own fields, elected to contribute to furthering its policy research goals, according to the Brown release.

Cane, who is the Vernon K. Krieble Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has research focused on “natural product biosynthesis.” He was also the 2013 winner of the American Chemical Society’s Alfred Bader Award for “outstanding contributions” to biochemistry, according to the university.

As a political science professor, McDermott’s recent task used genetic research to attempt to explain political preferences. She is currently a fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, as well as the president of the International Society of Political Psychology.

Strauss is the L. Herbert Ballou Professor of Applied Mathematics and dedicated to the analysis of “nonlinear waves” that comprise ocean waves and laser beams, and then modeling them mathematically. He’s received Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society.

“Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good,” AAAS President Leslie C. Berlowitz said in prepared remarks. “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.”


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