Biochemistry professor Marvin P. Wickens is one of four UW-Madison professors newly elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Wickens, the Max Perutz Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, studies messenger RNA and how they are controlled in the context of development, cell growth and memory. His is a past president of the RNA Society.
Also elected to AAAS from the UW-Madison are archaeologist J. Mark Kenoyer, engineering professor Juan J. de Pablo and economics professor Steven N. Durlauf. The four from the UW are among the 212 new members announced Tuesday, April 19 in an annual tradition of honoring the leading “thinkers and doers” from academia, business, public affairs, and the arts and humanities. They join an impressive roster of fellows that includes Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Albert Einstein. Founded in 1780, AAAS is an independent policy research center that focuses on interdisciplinary studies and public policy research. The new fellows will be inducted in a ceremony October 1, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.