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October 10, 2001

UMBC President Hrabowski Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Baltimore, Md. – University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hrabowski is one of 209 newly elected to The Academy this year, a class including former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright, filmmaker Woody Allen, and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, and John Hancock, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors intellectual achievement, leadership and creativity, and conducts programs and studies in response to the needs and problems of society. Approximately 3,600 Fellows, including 50 Pulitzer Prize winners and 150 Nobel Laureates, have been elected to the Academy since its founding.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to be chosen as a Fellow,” said Hrabowski. “I look forward to collaborating with other Fellows on the many initiatives put forth by the Academy.”

Current Academy areas of study include[:] Educational Effects of Diversity in Higher Education; Science and Technology in the University of the 21st Century; and the Relationship Between the Sciences and the Humanities.

Hrabowski has served as President of UMBC since May of 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. Born in Birmingham, Ala., Hrabowski graduated at 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics, and he received his M.A. (mathematics) and Ph.D. (higher education administration/statistics) at 24 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and universities and school systems nationally, and he sits on numerous corporate and civic boards. Dr. Hrabowski is co-author of the book, Beating the Odds (Oxford University Press, 1998), focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males in science, and Overcoming the Odds, on successful young black women in science (to be published by Oxford University Press in early 2002).

Hrabowski will be inducted, along with the other new Fellows, at an induction ceremony to be held at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. On October 13, 2001.

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Posted by dwinds1 at October 10, 2001 12:00 AM