Four UC Santa Cruz faculty members were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 9.

Celebrated for their cutting edge research and scholarship, artistic accomplishment, and exemplary service to society, the 2010 class of fellows includes the following UCSC faculty: Michael Dine, distinguished professor of physics; Gary A. Glatzmaier, professor of Earth and planetary sciences; Susan Strome, professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology; and John N. Thompson, distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. Their election to the academy was announced in April.

"The induction ceremony celebrates the academy's mission and the accomplishments of its newly elected members," said academy president Leslie Berlowitz. "Through three centuries of service, the academy and its fellows have been dedicated to intellectual leadership and constructive action in America and the world."

The 210 new fellows and 18 foreign honorary members are leaders in research, scholarship, business, the arts, and public affairs. Among the inductees are cancer researcher and Chancellor of UCSF Susan Desmond-Hellmann; UCLA Chancellor Gene Block; and UCSC alumnus Geoffrey Marcy, an astronomer at UC Berkeley. A complete list of new members is available on the Academy's website.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current academy research focuses on science and technology policy; global security; social policy; the humanities and culture; and education.