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Salk scientist elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Terrence J. Sejnowski

Terrence J. Sejnowski

Terrence J. Sejnowski, professor and head of Salk's Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies. It is a distinction awarded annually to global leaders in business, government, public affairs, the arts and popular culture, as well as biomedical research.

Sejnowski is world renowned as a pioneer in the field of computational neuroscience, and his work on neural networks helped spark the neural networks revolution in computing in the 1980s. His research has made important contributions to artificial and real neural network algorithms and to applying signal processing models to neuroscience.

He is the 12th scientist from Salk to be inducted into the academy and will share the honor with 198 new members of the 2013 class, which includes Nobel Prize winner Bruce A. Beutler, philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, astronaut John Glenn, actor Robert De Niro and singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. The honorees will be formally inducted into the academy on October 12, 2013, at its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"Election to the academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good," says academy president Leslie C. Berlowitz. "We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day."