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Welsh named American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Michael J. Welsh, professor of internal medicine
and physiology and biophysics in the University of Iowa College of Medicine,
is one of 146 persons elected this year as fellows of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences. Welsh, a native of Marshalltown, is also one of three
UI faculty members holding the prestigious rank of investigator with the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Welsh, who joined the UI faculty in 1981, is internationally known for
his breakthrough research into the genetic causes of cystic fibrosis, the
most common fatal inherited disease. He will be formally inducted into
the academy during ceremonies Oct. 3 in Cambridge, Mass.
Last year three faculty members from the College of Medicine were inducted
into the AAAS: Drs. Francois Abboud, and Antonio and Hanna Damasio. Linda
Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and UI professor of
history was also inducted.
There are approximately 4,000 fellows of the academy worldwide, including
160 Nobel laureates and 65 Pulitzer Prize winners. The other UI fellows
are James Van Allen, physics and astronomy; June Helm, anthropology; and
James McPherson, creative writing. Former UI President Hunter Rawlings
was elected to the Academy in 1995, just before leaving the campus to serve
as president of Cornell University.
The Academy was founded by John Adams during the American Revolution.
Today it is a learned society with a dual function--to honor achievement
in science, scholarship, the arts and public affairs; and to conduct a
varied program of projects and studies reflecting the interest of its members
and responsive to the needs and problems of society.