Four Faculty Members Honored

To the Anteater community:

We are delighted to announce that four UCI faculty members in law, philosophy, chemistry and physics have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes leaders from the academic, business and government sectors who are responding to challenges facing our nation and the world.

The new AAAS fellows are:

  • Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean, Distinguished Professor and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law at the School of Law
  • R. Benny Gerber, chemistry professor emeritus (as a foreign honorary member)
  • Margaret P. Gilbert, the Abraham I. Melden Chair in Moral Philosophy
  • Steven R. White, professor of physics

We offer our sincere congratulations to these four brilliant individuals, who exemplify the innovation and excellence that are the hallmarks of the research, education and outreach in which the American Academy of Arts and Sciences plays an important role. This brings to 36 the number of UCI faculty who have been elected to the academy – one of many measures of the extraordinary talent of our faculty.

You may read more about their sterling credentials and accomplishments in our press release.

These new fellows will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 8, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. Also honored then will be UCI alumnus Yusef Komunyakaa, M.F.A. ’80, winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection entitled “Neon Vernacular.”

The full list of the 236th class can be found at

Fiat Lux,

Chancellor Howard Gillman
Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia

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