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University of Minnesota professor Peter Reich named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 19, 2011

University of Minnesota professor Peter Reich has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Reich, who is a professor in the Department of Forest Resources, is also a Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, two of the university's highest honors for faculty. He currently holds the F.B. Hubachek Senior Chair in Forest Ecology and Tree Physiology.

He was elected because of his work advancing science and its applications in ways deemed scientifically and socially distinguished. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon academy members by their peers.

Reich's current research focuses on how global environmental change affects terrestrial ecosystems, in particular how the effects of climate change and land use affect health, biodiversity and sustainability of forests and grassland systems. He has been honored many times for his work, including receiving the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology in Madrid, Spain in 2010. He's been a member of the university faculty since 1991 and is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences as well as the university's Institute on the Environment.

The 212 new members of the academy will join some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts. Its members have included influential Americans down through the ages in the arts, humanities and sciences. Among its members were George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th century and Albert Einstein, Saul Bellow and Winston Churchill in the 20th century.  Members of the prestigious honorary society contribute to academy studies of science and technology policy, global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and education. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 1, at the academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

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University of Minnesota professor Peter Reich has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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