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Bacow Named To Top Intellectual Society

Bacow Named To Top Intellectual SocietyTufts’ President among top experts and intellectuals – including Walter Cronkite and Kofi Annan – named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Medford/Somerville, Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.05.03] Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow was among the top scholars, authors and public officials named to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences [AAAS], the Associated Press reported Monday afternoon. This year's inductees included a host of recognizable national and international figures, including Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners.

"Television legend Walter Cronkite, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan were among the more than 200 scholars, authors and public officials elected to the AAAS," reported the Associated Press. "The list, which honors experts and intellectuals, also included recording industry pioneer Ray Dolby, Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow and William H Gates Sr., philanthropist and father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates."

Selection is extremely competitive and prestigious.

"Election to the American Academy is an honor that acknowledges the best of all scholarly fields and professions," AAAS President Patricia Meyer Spacks said in a statement to reporters. "Newly elected fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes those who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines."

Bacow, an economist and lawyer who holds faculty appointments in five departments at Tufts, is an active contributor to the higher education community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts.

Prior to coming to Tufts, Bacow was chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has authored four books and numerous articles, in addition to lecturing and consulting extensively in the United States and abroad.

The induction ceremony for AAAS will be held on Oct. 11.

"The academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholars to cultivate art and science, ‘which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity and happiness of a free, independent and virtuous people,' " reported the Associated Press

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