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Lenore Blum Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

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Lenore Blum(opens in new window), a foundational researcher in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and a tireless advocate for women in math and science, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences(opens in new window).

Blum, who retired from CMU in 2019, was a professor in the School of Computer Science(opens in new window), the founding director of Project Olympus(opens in new window), and co-director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her research focused on developing a theory of computation and complexity over real and complex numbers, combining ideas from mathematics and computer science. She is currently working on a mathematical model of consciousness.

Blum also worked to increase the participation of women in math and science. She founded Women@SCS(opens in new window) and was a founder and past president of the Association for Women in Mathematics. In 2004, President George Bush presented her with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring(opens in new window).

Blum was one of 250 new members elected to the academy this year. Members are recognized for their excellence and invited to uphold the academy's mission of engaging across disciplines and divides. She joins the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists and civic leaders.

"We honor these artists, scholars, scientists and leaders in the public, nonprofit and private sectors for their accomplishments and for the curiosity, creativity and courage required to reach new heights," said Academy President David Oxtoby. "We invite these exceptional individuals to join in the academy's work to address serious challenges and advance the common good."

Induction ceremonies for new members will take place in September in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Learn more(opens in new window) about the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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