Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly Is Inducted
into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

October 9, 2009

Arlie Corday


WELLESLEY, Mass. -- H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College, is among those who will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ 229th class of new members on Saturday, Oct. 10. The program celebrates pioneering research and scholarship, artistic achievement and exemplary service to society.

The AAAS membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

“I am deeply honored to be included among the membership of the AAAS,” Bottomly said. “I look forward to working with these outstanding leaders to come together on the vital and critical issues of our day.”

President Bottomly
President Bottomly will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on October 10th.

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A lifelong scientist and educator, Bottomly has served as president of Wellesley College for the past two years. A renowned immunobiologist, she focuses on the molecular and cellular factors that influence the initiation of immune responses. Her work and her 16-person laboratory at Yale Medical School have been supported by the National Institutes of Health and other research grants. She has written more than 160 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured widely at universities in the United States and around the world.

A Montana native, Bottomly graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in zoology and earned her doctorate in biological structure from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1980, she did postdoctoral work in immunology at the National Institutes of Health.

In addition to Bottomly, new academy members include ground-breaking mathematician and Fields Medal recipient Terence Tao; Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health Elizabeth Nabel; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California Ronald George; celebrated ballet dancer and choreographer Edward Villella; former Northrop Grumman Corp. Chairman and CEO Kent Kresa; actor James Earl Jones and singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris.

“The Induction ceremony celebrates the Academy’s mission and the accomplishments of its newly elected members,” said AAAS Chief Executive Officer Leslie Berlowitz. “Through three centuries of service, the Academy and its Fellows have been dedicated to intellectual leadership and constructive action in America and the world.”

The 212 new Fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members are leaders in research, scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs. They come from 28 states and 11 countries and range in age from 33 to 83. They represent universities, museums, national laboratories, research institutes, businesses and foundations.

A list of new members is available on the AAAS Web site  at http://www.amacad.org/enewsletter/c.pdf

Founded in 1780, the AAAS is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current research focuses on science and technology policy, global security, social policy, the humanities and culture, and education.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.


NOTE TO EDITORS: The AAAS Induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, at 3:30 pm at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. To attend, please contact Paul Karoff at 617-576-5043 or pkaroff@amacad.org.