American Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected Professor Jim Skinner as a Fellow

We are delighted to announce that the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected our Chair Jim Skinner as a Fellow. Jim joins joins Dale Boger, Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, J. Andrew McCammon, Geraldine Richmond, Amos Smith III, and Timothy Swager as the other 2006 selections for Chemistry. Also elected this year were Bill Clinton, George Bush, Allen Alda and Martin Scorsese! The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is the nation's oldest and most illustrious learned society. Election to the American Academy is an honor that acknowledges the best of all scholarly fields and professions. Newly elected Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process that recognizes those who have made preeminent contributions to their disciplines. The Academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholar-patriots "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people." The Academy's membership has included George Washington, Ben Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill. This selection is a tremendous honor and we join in congratulating Jim on this recognition of his outstanding pioneering research in theoretical chemistry. Congratulations Jim!!