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Two U.S.-based sociologists were among some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts who were recently elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In late April, the Academy announced its selection of 204 members, including sociologists Adam Gamoran (Education) and Sherry Roxanne Turkle (Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, and Demography), as part of its 2014 Class of Fellows. One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research.
Adam Gamoran is the President of the William T. Grant Foundation, Before that he was the MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies and former Director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. His research interests include school organization, stratification, and inequality in education. Among his major works were a series of studies on tracking and ability grouping that identified consequences for student achievement and revealed the mechanisms through which those consequences occurred.
Sherry R. Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. She is also the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Turkle writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers. She is an expert on mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics.
The Academy will welcome this year’s new class at its annual Induction Ceremony on October 11, 2014, at its headquarters in Cambridge, MA. For more information, visit www.amacad.org/content/news/pressReleases.aspx ?pr=217.