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May 14: Two More Carnegie Mellon Professors Selected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences


Jonathan Potts

Two More Carnegie Mellon Professors Selected
To American Academy of Arts & Sciences

PITTSBURGH—Statistics Professor Stephen Fienberg and Philosophy Professor Wilfried Sieg have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, joining seven other Carnegie Mellon professors who have been elected to the august organization.    

Stephen FienbergThe academy was founded in 1780 by several of America's founding fathers, including John Adams, to provide a forum for a select group of scholars, members of the learned professions, and government and business leaders to work together on behalf of the interests of the new nation. Today, the academy is an international academic society with 4,000 fellows from various professions. The 2007 class includes former Vice President Al Gore, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, filmmaker Spike Lee, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Israeli novelist Amos Oz.    

"It's certainly a great honor to be linked with such public luminaries, as well as with the nation's most distinguished scholars and scientists," said Fienberg, the Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science, who also holds an appointment in the Machine Learning Department. "Since much of my work is collaborative with other researchers, it's especially nice to have our joint contributions recognized in this fashion."    

Fienberg (top right) has been on the Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1980. He previously served as head of the Department of Statistics and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Fienberg is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and its Canadian equivalent — the Royal Society of Canada.

Wilfried SiegSieg (bottom right), who has been at Carnegie Mellon since 1985, was head of the Department of Philosophy from 1994 to 2005. Under his leadership, the department climbed to the top of the national rankings in its specialties. The influential Leiter Report ranks the department first in both mathematical logic and philosophy of social science; third in decision theory and rational choice, and philosophy of mathematics; and fifth in philosophy of science.     

"I was genuinely surprised and delighted when I received the letter from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. I am deeply honored by my election as a fellow, which reflects not only on me, but on the colleagues with whom I have collaborated for many years and on the university where I work," Sieg said.    

Seven other Carnegie Mellon faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Computer Science professors Raj Reddy, Takeo Kanade and Manuel Blum; Psychology professors John Anderson and Robyn Dawes (who sits in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences); Philosophy and Statistics Professor Teddy Seidenfeld; and Computer Science, Philosophy and Mathematical Logic Professor Emeritus Dana Scott.