University of Oregon volcanologist Katharine V. Cashman officially joined the ranks of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Oct. 6 when the 181 selectees for 2012 were recognized at ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass.
The selections of Cashman, the UO's Philip H. Knight Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences, and the other inductees were announced in April. Cashman, whose research has shed light on the nature and predictability of volcanic eruptions, also holds a research chair in the Volcanology Research Group at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
The 2012 selectees included influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders. Founded in 1780, the academy is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious learned societies. It is an independent research center that draws from its members' expertise to conduct studies in science and technology policy, global security, the humanities and culture, social policy and education.
The selectees included U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Melinda F. Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Robert P. Colwell, chief architect of Intel's Pentium microprocessors, and Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos.
"Induction recognizes the achievement and vitality of today's most accomplished individuals who together with the Academy will work to advance the greater good," said Academy President Leslie Berlowitz. "These distinguished men and women are making significant strides in their quest to find solutions to the most pressing scientific, humanistic, and policy challenges of the day."
The 2012 selectees are listed by discipline at: http://www.amacad.org/news/classlist2012.pdf