AAAS Elects Three Rensselaer Alumni
When the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election of new fellows in April, three Rensselaer alumni were among the honorees. They will be formally inducted in October at the House of the Academy in Cambridge, Mass.
Peter van Inwagen ’65 is the John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He specializes in the study of metaphysics and philosophical theology, and is the author of An Essay on Free Will; Material Beings; Metaphysics; and The Possibility of Resurrection and Other Essays in Christian Apologetics; among other works.
Nicholas Donofrio ’67 is executive vice president for innovation and technology at IBM Corp. He joined IBM in 1967 as a designer of logic and memory chips and has led many of the corporation’s major development and manufacturing teams. He is past president of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and a member of the board of trustees at Rensselaer.
Stephen Kowalczykowski ’72 is professor of microbiology and founding director of the Center for Genetics and Development at the University of California, Davis. He studies the molecular mechanisms that copy and repair DNA, using unique equipment to film individual molecules at work on DNA in real time, giving insights into their biochemistry.
Founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, John Hancock, and others, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs, and the arts. Among others who were selected this year are Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, actor Sidney Poitier, journalist Tom Brokaw, playwright Tony Kushner, and Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
“The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is unique for its breadth and scope,” said Leslie Berlowitz, the organization’s executive officer. “Throughout its history, the academy has gathered individuals with diverse perspectives to participate in studies and projects focusing on advancing intellectual thought and constructive action in American society.”