UNC faculty members Amy Gladfelter and Robert Hummer were both elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences earlier this month.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an honorary society that celebrates professionals in different disciplines who seek to address global issues.
Academy members discover and move knowledge forward while applying it to the problems of society, according to their website. Gladfelter and Hummer will be part of the newest Academy class with nearly 270 members.
The Academy has elected more than 14,600 members since its founding in 1780. The American Academy is one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies and a center for policy research. Members of the Academy contribute to publications, and study science and technology, policy and education.
Hummer is a distinguished professor of sociology at UNC. He received graduate degrees from Florida State University, where he studied the intersection of design and health, as well as the impacts of social disparities by race, gender and socioeconomic status.
Hummer leads the “Add Health” study, which follows participants across their lifetimes by conducting surveys and collecting biomarker information to best understand individual health.
“It's an incredible study that I'm now fortunate to be leading," Hummer said. "That’s one of the key reasons why I came to UNC."
Another UNC distinguished professor in sociology, Kathleen Mullan Harris, knew of Hummer as an excellent scholar in his field and was looking for someone to take over her project. Hummer was first to come to mind, she said.