CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: April 30, 2001
Coleman elected to prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman has been
named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Coleman was one
of 185 scholars and luminaries elected this year by the academy in recognition
of their unique contributions to the nation and the world.
In addition to serving as president, Coleman holds academic appointments
as professor of biochemistry in the College of Medicine and professor of biological
sciences in the College of Liberal Arts. She was elected to the National Academy
of Sciences' Institute of Medicine in 1997.
In 1999, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
There are approximately 3,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members of
the academy worldwide, including 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize
The other UI fellows include four from the College of Medicine, four from
the College of Liberal Arts, and one from the College of Law: Francois Abboud,
internal medicine; Willard Boyd, law and President Emeritus, Antonio Damasio,
neurology; Hanna Damasio, neurology; June Helm, anthropology; Linda Kerber,
history; James McPherson, creative writing; James Van Allen, physics and astronomy;
and Michael J. Welsh, internal medicine, physiology and biophysics. 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.
This year's new fellows will be welcomed as members at the annual induction
ceremony, scheduled to be held at the academy's headquarters, in Cambridge,
Mass., on Oct. 13. More information is available on the academys Web