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Jerry M. MelilloMelillo Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Jerry M. Melillo of the Ecosystems Center was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October. The academy recognized Dr. Melillo for his work on soil biogeochemistry, global modeling and applying science to climate policy. He is a senior scientist and co-director of the center. The academy also named MBL summer investigator Avram Hershko as Foreign Honorary Member.

This year's new fellows also include former Vice President Albert Gore, Jr.; former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; New York Mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg; Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt; New York Times investigative correspondent James Risen and filmmaker Spike Lee.

Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members are nominated and elected to the academy by current members. A broad-based membership, comprised of scholars and practitioners from mathematics, physics, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts, public affairs and business, gives the academy a unique capacity to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research.

Dr. Melillo joined the MBL in 1976. He oversees research on global change, management of coastal zone ecosystems, and globalization and transformation of tropical landscapes. Dr. Melillo holds a B.A. and an M.A.T. from Wesleyan University and an M.F.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University. In 1996 and 1997, he served as the Associate Director for Environment in the U.S. President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Melillo is also a professor of biology at Brown University.

Founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the academy has elected as fellows and foreign honorary members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 170 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners. An independent policy research center, the academy undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Current academy research focuses on science and global security, social policy, the humanities and culture and education.