From U.Va. Named Fellows By American Academy Of Arts And Sciences
30, 2001-- Three University of Virginia faculty members
are among 211 leaders in their fields recently elected fellows of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of distinguished
contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs or the arts.
The three are biochemist C. David Allis, historian Edward L. Ayers,
and political scientist Matthew Holden Jr.
bring to 16 the U.Va. faculty chosen for AAAS membership since 1992
and to approximately 30 the number ever chosen from U.Va. in the
highly competitive process. The distinguished society was founded
in 1780 and represents one of the nation's highest honors for scholarly
and creative achievement.
David Allis, the Harry F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Biochemistry
and Molecular Genetics, is an internationally known biochemist whose
work has led to key scientific breakthroughs. He came to U.Va. in
1998 from the University of Rochester, where he led a team of researchers
to a major discovery of an enzyme thought to play a critical role
in loosening the protein coating that packages DNA inside cell nuclei.
team was the first to document that this process is a major step
in turning genes on and off. The discovery, which is leading to
treatments for various forms of cancer and possible methods to inhibit
certain birth defects, is regarded as one of the most important
genetic findings of the past decade.
L. Ayers, the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History, has written
and edited several important books about U.S. and southern history.
An award-winning teacher who joined the U.Va. faculty in 1980, he
is also a national leader in using technology in humanities research.
1984 book, "Vengeance and Justice: Crime and Punishment in
the Nineteenth-Century American South" won the J. Willard Hurst
Prize for best book in American legal history. "The Promise
of the New South: Life After Reconstruction," a finalist for
both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in 1992, was named
the best book on the history of American race relations and on the
history of the American South that year. Ayers also has co-authored
"All over the Map: Rethinking American Regions" and "American
Passages: A History of the United States," and he was senior
editor of "The Oxford Book of the American South." His
renowned Civil War digital history project, "The Valley of
the Shadow," has recently garnered major awards.
Holden Jr., who holds the Doherty Professorship in Government
and Foreign Affairs, is a past president of the American Political
Science Association and has served as editor of the National Political
authority on administrative process and national institutions, regulatory
and energy policy, and urban government, he is the author of some
30 books and journal articles. Among Holden's major books are "Politics
of the Black Nation," "The White Man's Burden," and "Toward
A Political Science of American History." A fellow this year
at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington,
D.C., he served as a presidential appointee to the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission from 1977-81.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856