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Two faculty named American Academy fellows

April 30, 2007

Two faculty members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

David Dewitt and M. Thomas Record are among 203 new fellows selected this year in recognition of their "preeminent contributions to their disciplines and to society at large."

DeWitt, John P. Morgridge professor of computer sciences, researches database system design and implementation. Record, John D. Ferry professor of chemistry and biochemistry, investigates physical interactions of DNA and proteins in bacteria to understand the control of genetic information.

The academy, founded in 1780, is an independent policy research center that focuses on interdisciplinary studies and public policy research. Elected members are drawn from leaders in the sciences, humanities, arts, business, and public affairs.

The new fellows will be inducted in a ceremony October 6, in Cambridge, Mass.