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Tufts Faculty, Trustee Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Tufts Faculty, Trustee Elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesProfessors Madeline H. Caviness and Martin J. Sherwin join 203 notable leaders from the worlds of business, politics, philanthropy, art, research and academia.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.02.07] Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Martin J. Sherwin and distinguished scholar of medieval art Madeline H. Caviness will represent Tufts among the 203 new fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year. Tufts trustee and School of Engineering overseer Bernard Gordon was also named a new member of the elite group.

"Throughout its history, the Academy has convened the leading thinkers of the day, from diverse perspectives, to participate in projects and studies that advance the public good," Academy of Arts and Sciences Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz said in a statement. "I am confident that this distinguished class of new fellows will continue that tradition of cherishing knowledge and shaping the future."

Other members of this year's class include former Vice President Al Gore, former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, New York Mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg (who will also speak at Tufts' commencement this year) and filmmaker Spike Lee.

The Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780, is an independent policy research center currently focused on the areas of science and global security;social policy;the humanities and culture;and education. Members of the new class will be inducted on Oct. 6, at the Academy's Cambridge, Mass., headquarters.

Madeline H. Caviness

Caviness, Mary Richardson Professor and Professor of the History of Art, is a renowned scholar of medieval art, particularly medieval stained glass. Her current research explores feminist theory in the context of medieval art objects. In 2005, Caviness won the Tufts University Award for Distinguished Research and the Seymour Simches Award for Teaching and Advising. That year, she was also recognized by the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation with the Distinguished Senior Scholar Award.

She has served as head of several centers of study for medieval art and is currently vice president of the Union Academique Internationale, which fosters international collaboration for humanities projects formerly organized by UNESCO, such as language atlases, dictionaries, archaeological inventories and maps, and text editions.

Martin J. Sherwin

In 2005, Sherwin, the Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History at Tufts, co-authored a biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project physicist whose work resulted in the development and use of the atomic bomb in August 1945. The book, "American Prometheus ," won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award for the best biography of the year.

An earlier book, "A World Destroyed: The Atomic Bomb and the Grand Alliance," was a finalist for the 1976 Pulitzer Prize . Sherwin has also served as an advisor for several documentaries on the nuclear age and is a widely renowned scholar on the topic.

Bernard Gordon

Known as a technological pioneer and a philanthropist, Gordon is co-founder and chief executive officer of NeuroLogica Corporation, a neuroscience-based medical imaging company based in Danvers, Mass. He previously served as a top executive at Analogic Inc., which he founded in 1969.

Two decades ago, Gordon founded The Gordon Institute, now hosted at the School of Engineering, which is dedicated to developing leaders in the engineering and technical fields. Last fall, Sophia Gordon Hall—a new dormitory named for his wife—opened on the Medford/Somerville campus.

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