Four UCI Faculty Named American Academy of Arts & Sciences Fellows

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to share that four UCI faculty members have been elected fellows by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. This year’s election of 261 new members recognizes their accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research. Below are the new fellows from UCI:

  • Jeffrey Barrett, Chancellor’s Professor, Logic and Philosophy of ScienceA founding member of UCI’s Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, much of Professor Barrett’s research concerns the quantum measurement problem and the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics and physics more generally. His research has also involved using evolutionary game theory to model basic features of empirical and mathematical inquiry.
  • Adriana Darielle Mejía Briscoe, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyKnown for her work on the evolution of vision in butterflies, Professor Briscoe’s discoveries have been featured on television and in museums around the globe. Her 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. She also uses modeling and field experiments to examine how color vision impacts butterfly behavior in the context of mimicry and species recognition. She has won a number of awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.
  • Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in EngineeringProfessor Foufoula-Georgiou’s research is focused on hydrology and geomorphology, with special interest in scaling theories, multiscale dynamics and space-time modeling of precipitation and landforms. She has served as director of the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics and a presidential appointee to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Her honors include the John Dalton Medal of the European Geophysical Society, fellow of the American Meteorological Society and American Geophysical Union, and elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
  • Virginia L. Trimble, Professor, Physics and AstronomyProfessor Trimble’s early research measured the masses of white dwarfs, calculated the details and evolution of stars with unusual chemical compositions and studied the orbits of close binaries. She became a well-known expert on the history of physics, astronomy and scientometrics, the study of how science is done, or should be. She has a publication list exceeding 900 items and is the longest-standing active member of UCI’s Department of Physics & Astronomy. Her recent teaching includes the physics of music and the impact of World Wars I and II on science.

Please join me in congratulating these faculty members for this achievement.

Sincerely,Hal SternProvost and Executive Vice ChancellorChancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics