Dr. Dora E. Angelaki (320x240)
Dr. Dora E. Angelaki (right).

Dr. Dora E. Angelaki, professor and the Wilhelmina Robertson Chair in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, has been named to one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies – the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Academy is one of the country’s oldest societies and independent policy research centers. It brings together some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

“Dr. Angelaki demonstrates the ideal qualities of a national leader in science,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of Baylor. “Her outstanding efforts in building and directing a team focused on unraveling the mysteries of the brain, as well as her own research in multisensory integration, provide her with the perspective to make tremendous contributions to the Academy.”

Angelaki’s research focuses on multisensory integration that is needed for self-motion perception, spatial orientation and the control of movement.

As a new member of the Academy, Angelaki, who also holds a joint appointment at Rice University, will be able to take part in studies, publications and discussions to help set the direction of research and analysis in science and technology policy.

“The knowledge and expertise of our members give the Academy a unique capacity – and responsibility – to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work,” said Don Randel, chair of the Academy’s Board of Directors.

New members will be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 11, 2014, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

Members of the 2014 class include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Wolf Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize; National Medal of the Arts; MacArthur, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships; and Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony Awards. A full list of new members is located at https://www.amacad.org/members.aspx. A history of the Academy and past members can be found at www.amacad.org.