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Professors Receive Nation’s Highest Academic Honors

Powers elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters; Gruebele elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Richard Powers

Acclaimed novelist and English professor Richard Powers was recently elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, considered one of the highest formal recognitions of artistic merit in the U.S. Members are elected to the academy for life, and the roster of academicians includes such literary giants as John Cheever, Carl Sandburg, Edith Wharton, E.L. Doctorow, Joyce Carol Oates, and Elie Wiesel.

Powers has garnered numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the National Book Award for fiction in 2006 for his ninth novel, The Echo Maker. He is also a Fellow of the MacArthur Found­ation and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Martin Gruebele

Chemistry and physics professor Martin Gruebele was among 229 new members named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy is one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation whose ranks include Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Benjamin Franklin, among many others.

Gruebele has distinguished himself in chemical and biological physics with laser manipulation techniques and computational modeling that have increased understanding of protein folding, chemical bonds, and molecular energy flow.

Spring 2010