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Salk scientist elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Edward M. Callaway

Edward M. Callaway

What does Salk researcher Edward M. Callaway have in common with former Beatle Paul McCartney?

Callaway, a professor in the Systems Neurobiology Laboratories, has joined the legendary recording artist as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. It's a distinction Callaway shares with some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts. Among this year's other new fellows are actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, philanthropist Melinda F. Gates and Walt Disney president and CEO Robert A. Iger.

Callaway's research is aimed at understanding how neural circuits give rise to perception and behavior and focuses primarily on the organization and function of neural circuits in the visual cortex. Relating neural circuits to function in the visual system, where correlations between neural activity and perception can be directly tested, provides fundamental insight into the basic mechanisms by which cortical circuits mediate perception. In particular, Callaway pioneered a method that allows him to trace a single neuron's connections to its neighbors.

"Election to the academy is an honor," said Salk president William R. Brody. "We are proud of Ed's induction, as it underscores the impact of his research and scientific contributions."

In addition to being one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture, and education. Current members include more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. Callaway is the 11th person from the Salk Institute to be inducted.