University of Texas at Austin faculty members join American Academy of Arts and Sciences

May 11, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas—Three faculty members of The University of Texas at Austin have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s highest academic honors.

They are Peter Rossky, professor of chemistry; Philip Bobbitt, professor of law; and Curtis Meadows Jr. of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

The academy, founded in 1780, is an international learned society composed of leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people and public leaders. It has 4,000 American fellows and 600 foreign honorary members.

Rossky holds the Marvin K. Collie-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences. He also is director of the Institute for Theoretical Chemistry. He is known for his pioneering application of theoretical and computational methods in understanding the chemical and biomolecular structure and reaction dynamics of liquid solutions.

Bobbitt, who holds the A. W. Walker Centennial Chair in Law, is a leading constitutional theorist. His six books focus on constitutional law, international security and the history of strategy. His seventh, “The War on Terror,” is to be published later this year. He is also an elected member of the American Law Institute, The Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Meadows heads the LBJ School’s RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and teaches courses on philanthropy and nonprofit management. He previously served for 18 years as president, chief executive and director of the Meadows Foundation. When he retired in 1996, the Meadows Foundation was the 39th largest foundation in the United States.

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