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April 29, 2008
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American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects
Astrophysicist Riess

Johns Hopkins University professor Adam Riess is among the 212 fellows elected to the 228th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy made its announcement April 28.
Adam Riess

Riess is a professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He was a leader of the team that first published the news that an unexplained, mysterious "dark energy" was driving an ever-faster expansion of the universe. In 2006, Riess shared the $1 million Shaw Prize in astronomy for that discovery.

The 212 fellows and foreign honorary members were nominated and elected to the academy by current members. A broad-based membership of scholars and practitioners from physics, mathematics, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts, public affairs and business allows the academy to conduct a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and public policy research. Riess will be inducted at a ceremony set for October 11 at the academy headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., alongside other fellows including U.S. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice John Paul Stevens; Academy Award-winning film makers Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Milos Forman; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop; and blues guitarist B.B. King.

Riess becomes one of 40 Johns Hopkins fellows of the academy.

A press release and a list of the new fellows is available online at: www.amacad.org/news/new2008.aspx.