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UI joins University Affiliates program of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Kesha Green, News Bureau
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has joined the University Affiliates program instituted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The program involves 40 U.S. academic institutions whose purpose is to help support and develop the academy’s research, particularly through its new Visiting Scholars Center.

The center will support the research of promising young scholars and practitioners in three areas: science, technology and global security; social policy and education; and humanities and culture. The center not only will establish stronger ties between an emerging generation of scholars and academy fellows, but it also will help establish a national network among younger academics. The center will open in fall 2002 at academy headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Interested researchers and practitioners can download an application from the academy Web site.

The American Academy has conducted innovative, non-partisan studies since its inception in 1780 by John Adams and other scholar-patriots. The academy has more than 3,700 Fellows and 600 foreign honorary members, which includes more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners. The academy focuses its research on international security, social policy, education and the humanities.