10 May Alexander van Oudenaarden elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Back to news Alexander van Oudenaarden has been selected as an International Honorary Member in recognition of his contributions in the fields of Biological Sciences. It signifies the high regard in which he is held by leaders in the field and American Academy members throughout the United States. As member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences he joins a distinguished group of individuals elected since its foundation, including familiar names such as Benjamin Franklin, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Georgia O’Keeffe, and Madeleine Albright. Speaking about its newest members, David Oxtoby, President of the American Academy had the following to say: “These individuals excel in ways that excite us and inspire us at a time when recognizing excellence, commending expertise, and working toward the common good is absolutely essential to realizing a better future.” This year’s election of 261 new members continues a tradition of recognizing accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy, and research dating back to 1780. Van Oudenaarden will formally join the Academy during an official induction ceremony, which will take place in Cambridge, MA, in 2023. About the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together, as expressed in its charter, “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.” Studies of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences have helped set the direction of research and analysis in science and technology policy, global security and international affairs, social policy, education, and the arts and humanities. Alexander van Oudenaarden is group leader at the Hubrecht Institute and professor of quantitative biology of gene regulation at the University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University.