Four professors elected members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences | UCI News

Irvine, California, April 28, 2022 — A quartet of professors from the University of California at Irvine have been elected fellows by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 242n/a The AAAS class of inductees includes 261 extraordinary individuals from around the world, recognized for their achievements and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research.

“This is an exceptional recognition of the achievements of these four faculty members,” said Hal Stern, UCI Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor. “The range of disciplines covered demonstrates the high level of scholarship on our campus.”

The UCI inductees in the Class of ’22 are:

Jeffrey Barrette is Chancellor Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science. Much of Barrett’s research has concerned the problem of quantum measurement and the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics more generally. His research has also involved the use of evolutionary game theory to model basic features of empirical and mathematical inquiry. Barrett is a founding member of the UCI’s LPS department.

Adriana Darielle Mejia Briscoe, known for her work on the evolution of vision in butterflies, is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology whose findings have been featured on television and in museums around the world. His lab uses butterflies to examine how natural selection affects photoreceptor proteins in the eye and how it may impact evolutionary changes in color vision and wing coloration. Briscoe also uses modeling and field experiments to examine how color vision affects butterfly behavior in the context of mimicry and species recognition. In 2021, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship. Other honors include a Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

Efi Foufoula-Georgiou is Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research area is hydrology and geomorphology, with a particular interest in scaling theories, multi-scale dynamics and spatio-temporal modeling of precipitation and landforms. Foufoula-Georgiou served as director of the National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics at the National Science Foundation and is a Presidential appointee to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. His honors include the John Dalton Medal of the European Geophysical Society, Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and American Geophysical Union, and Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering.

Virginia Trimble is a professor of physics and astronomy whose early research measured the masses of white dwarfs, calculated the details and evolution of stars with unusual chemical compositions, and studied the orbits of nearby binaries. She became a well-known expert in the history of physics, astronomy, and scientometrics, which is the study of how science is done or should be done. She has a publication list of over 900 papers and is the longest serving member of the UCI Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780, is one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent centers for policy research, bringing together elected members from academia, business and government to meet the challenges facing the nation and the world.

The 2022 inductees join a distinguished list of previously elected members, including Benjamin Franklin (elected 1781), Alexander Hamilton (1791), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1864), Charles Darwin (1874), Albert Einstein (1924), Robert Frost ( 1931), Margaret Mead (1948), Milton Friedman (1959), Martin Luther King Jr. (1966), Stephen Jay Hawking (1984), Condoleezza Rice (1997), John Legend (2017), James Fallows (2019), Joan Baez (2020) and Sanjay Gupta (2021).

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