National Academy

Three members of the University are among the 60 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year. They are:

Dr. Douglas S. Massey, the Dorothy S. Thomas Professor of Sociology and Population Studies and chair of sociology in SAS, whose research and writing on race, ethnicity, and urban inequality in America-as well as his studies in international immigration-have earned him numerous awards and prizes. Publishing frequently in Spanish as well as English, he also writes on Latin American cultures and particularly on Mexico. His 1994 American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass won three major awards, and he recently received the Southwestern Book Award for Miracles on the Border, which explores Mexican migration to the U.S. He is past president of the Population Association of America.

Dr. Paul J. Steinhardt, the Mary Amanda Wood Professor of Physics in SAS, whose work ranges from highly theoretical work on the properties of elementary particles and superstrings related to cosmology to the study of astrophysical observations that test cosmological models. In several books (among them Inflationary Cosmology and Quasicrystals: The State of the Art) and over a hundred papers and articles he has explored the birth and development of the universe--while also winning an award for faculty advising. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, and Phi Beta Kappa National Lecturer among other honors. He also holds, with Phillip Taylor, several patents for methods and apparatus for eliminating moiré interference using quasiperiodic patterns.

Dr. Lewis G. Tilney, the Strausz-Hupe Term Professor of Biology who is known throughout the world for his work on the fundamental mechanisms that mediate cell motility and the scaffolding that maintains the shape of cells. Through molecular genetics he is presently studying, under a major NIH grant, the formation of bristles in Drosophila pupae as a model system for understanding how actin filaments pack into bundles, how the length and number of the filaments is determined, and how these bundles interact with the cell surface to help determine cell form. The author of some 120 papers on work done here and on sabbaticals to Japan, Kenya and France, he is also noted for stimulating interdisciplinary research within his school and across school lines.

Next Week: Five Guggenheim Fellowships and other honors to Penn faculty. Also delayed to next week are details of the implementation of the new vending ordinance and coverage of the April 22 Council discussions on consultation and vending.

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 32, May 5, 1998