American Academy of Arts & Sciences Elects
By Lisa de Nike
Adam Riess, a professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department
of Physics and Astronomy in the
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, is among the 212
fellows elected to the 228th class of the
American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The academy made its
announcement April 28.
Riess was a leader of the team that first published
the news that an unexplained, mysterious
"dark energy" was driving an ever-faster expansion of the
universe. In 2006, Riess shared the $1
million Shaw Prize in astronomy for that discovery.
He will be inducted at a ceremony set for Oct. 11 at
the academy headquarters in Cambridge,
Mass., alongside other new fellows, including U.S. Supreme
Court Senior Associate Justice John Paul
Stevens; Academy Award-winning filmmakers Ethan Coen, Joel
Coen and Milos Forman; Baltimore
Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop; and blues
guitarist B.B. King.
Riess becomes one of 40 Johns Hopkins fellows of the
The 212 fellows and foreign honorary members were
nominated and elected to the academy by
current members. A broad-based membership of scholars and
practitioners from physics,
mathematics, biological sciences, social sciences,
humanities and the arts, public affairs and business
allows the academy to conduct a wide range of
interdisciplinary studies and public policy research.
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