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Duke Faculty Elected Into Prestigious Societies

Each year, prestigious academies elect members across disciplines in recognition of outstanding achievements. Members of these academies are considered the world's most distinguished in their field. This year, four faculty were elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one into the American Academy of Political and Social Science and three into the National Academy of Sciences. Please join us in congratulating these faculty for their impressive accomplishment!

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Robert Calderbank, Charles S. Sydnor Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Robert Calderbank directs the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke University, where he is the Charles S. Sydnor Distinguished Professor. He is Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, and holds a secondary appointment in Physics. Robert is known for contributions to voiceband modem technology, to quantum information theory, and for co-invention of space-time codes for wireless communication. His research papers have been cited more than 50,000 times and his inventions are found in billions of consumer devices. He joined the Duke faculty in 2010, serving as Dean of Natural Sciences until 2013. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.
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Avshalom Caspi, Edward M. Arnett Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Avshalom Caspi is the Edward M. Arnett Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Personality Development at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. His expertise is in longitudinal methods, developmental psychology, personality assessment, life-course epidemiology, and genomics in behavioral science. Dr. Caspi grew up in Israel. He attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for his undergraduate degree and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He worked in (West) Berlin, and served on the faculty at Harvard and the University of Wisconsin before moving to London and then Duke. His research spans the fields of psychology, epidemiology and genetics. For his research, Caspi has received both the American Psychological Association's Early Career Contribution Award and Distinguished Career Award. Caspi was also awarded a Royal Society-Wolfson Merit Award, and was a recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, the Mortimer D. Sackler MD Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Developmental Psychobiology, the NARSAD Ruane Prize for Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research and the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for Productive Youth Development. He holds an honorary doctorate from Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is involved in international teaching and training initiatives in developmental psychopathology.
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Josh Huang, Professor of Neurobiology

Z. Josh Huang is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University School of Medicine since 2020. Previously He was Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Neuroscience at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The overarching theme of his research is to understand the general principles of brain circuit organization that enable cognitive function through a genetic dissection of its basic elements, the neuronal cell types. He pioneered a systematic genetic approach to neural circuits of the cerebral cortex and has made major discoveries in the molecular genetic basis of neuronal identity, synapse specificity, and neural plasticity. He is also developing a new generation of RNA programmable technologies to monitor and edit cell function across animal organs and species, with broad applications in biomedical research, biotechnology, and therapeutics. He is the recipient of NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, a McKnight Scholar Award in Neuroscience, a Pew Scholar Award, and a member of the American Academy of Art and Sciences.
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Terrie Moffitt, Nannerl O. Keohane University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Terrie Moffitt is the Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor of Psychology in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and Professor of Social Development at King’s College London. Her expertise is in the areas of longitudinal methods, mental health, and aging. Moffitt is a licensed clinical psychologist, with specialization in neuropsychological assessment. Her work was recognized in 2018 by election to the National Academy of Medicine. She holds honorary doctorates from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and Universität Basel, Switzerland. For her research, Moffitt has received both the American Psychological Association's Early Career Contribution Award and Distinguished Career Award. Moffitt was also awarded a Royal Society-Wolfson Merit Award, the Klaus-Grawe Prize, and was a recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, NARSAD Ruane Prize, the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize, and in 2022 the Grawemeyer Prize. Her current service includes serving as chair of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Science at NASEM, chair of the NIA Data Monitoring Committee for the Health and Retirement Study, Chair of the Jury for the Klaus J. Jacobs Prize in Switzerland, and Board of Scientific Counselors for the NIA. She is a fellow of the British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), Academia Europa, Association of Psychological Science, American Society of Criminology and the National Academy of Medicine. Moffitt attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree in psychology. She continued her training in psychology at the University of Southern California, receiving an M.A. in experimental animal behavior, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She also completed postdoctoral training in geriatrics and neuropsychology at the University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute.
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American Academy of Political and Social Science

William A. Darity, Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy

William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, Economics, and Business at Duke University. He is the founding director of Duke’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap. He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2011-2012) at Stanford, a fellow at the National Humanities Center (1989-90) and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors (1984). He received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award in 2012 from the National Economic Association, the organization’s highest honor, and has published or edited 14 books and published more than 300 articles in professional journals. In 2021 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Bard College and given the Defender of Justice Award for Research and Advocacy by the North Carolina Justice Center. In 2022 he received the Raymond Gavins Distinguished Faculty Award from Duke’s Samuel DuBois Cook Society. His most recent book, coauthored with A. Kirsten Mullen, “From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century,” is the winner of the 2021 inaugural Association of the Study of African American Life and History, the 2021 Lillian Smith, the 2021 American Book Fest Award for Social Change, and the 2020 Ragan Old North State Nonfiction book prizes.
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National Academy of Sciences

Stephen Lisberger, George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor for Research in Neurobiology

Stephen Lisberger is the George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor for Research in Neurobiology and department chair in the School of Medicine. His research investigates how the brain learns motor skills and how we use what we see to guide how we move. His work is done on behaving non-human primates. Much of Lisberger’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health. He joined Duke faculty in 2011. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
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Anne Pusey, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emerita of Evolutionary Anthropology

Anne Pusey is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emerita of Evolutional Anthropology in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. Her research interests include understanding the evolution of sociality, social structure and the patterns of competition, cooperation and social bonds in animal species, including humans. Most of her work is focused on social mammals such as lions and chimpanzees. Current projects include studies of female social relationships and female settlement patterns. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University.
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Kate Scholberg, Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics

Kate Scholberg is the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. Her broad research interests include experimental elementary particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Her main specific interests are in neutrino physics: she studies neutrino interactions, neutrino oscillations and neutrinos from astrophysical sources. She is a collaborator on the Super-Kamiokande and T2K experiments in Japan and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment in the U.S. She serves as spokesperson of the COHERENT experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She is a co-founder of the SuperNova Early Warning System, an international network of neutrino detectors. Scholberg’s research is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. She earned her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and her B.Sc. from McGill University.
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Main image: From top left: Robert Calderbank, Avshalom Caspi, Josh Huang, Terrie Moffitt; From bottom left: William Darity, Stephen Lisberger, Anne Pusey, Kate Scholberg