National Academy of Sciences Welcomes Two APS William James Fellows

National Academy of Sciences

APS Past President Mahzarin R. Banaji and APS William James Fellow Barbara Landau have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research.

NAS on May 1 announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates to its ranks. These members, including Banaji and Landau, will join their colleagues in providing independent analysis and advice to the United States and will contribute to national discussions surrounding public policy issues. Achieving membership in NAS is a significant accomplishment for scientists of any discipline. Members of the NAS also oversee the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a multidisciplinary journal.

Banaji, also an APS William James Fellow, is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics and Harvard College Professor at Harvard University, where she is also the Chair of the Department of Psychology. She studies implicit or unconscious mental systems, and she works to apply her research to improve decision making within individuals and organizations. Learn more about Banaji’s research in a February 2018 APS Observer article.

Landau is the Dick and Lydia Todd Professor of Cognitive Science and the Director of the Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She examines the foundational systems of human knowledge for language and space, particularly emphasizing how children develop their knowledge in these areas. She will be honored with the APS William James Award for her lifetime of intellectual contributions at the 30th APS Annual Convention this month.

Learn more about the National Academy of Sciences here, and access NAS’s member directory here.

Read about all the new members of NAS here.

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