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President Austin, others to be inducted into Academy of Arts and Sciences(Released: 4/21/97)

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- University of Connecticut President Philip E. Austin will be inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences on April 24. The academy will meet at 8 p.m. in the Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

The Academy, based at Yale University, is the third oldest scholarly association in the United States.

"It is gratifying for my colleagues and me to be admitted into such a prestigious body," Austin said. "This recognition by one of the oldest scholarly organizations in the country is testimony to the academic excellence of Connecticut's land grant institution. I am proud of our faculty, and especially their commitment to their students."

Also joining Austin as new members of the academy will be Ross MacKinnon, dean of liberal arts and sciences; Chris Simon, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; and Ronald Taylor, professor of sociology and director of the Institute of African-American Studies.

Following the inductions, Sam Pickering, a professor of English, will discuss the challenges of writing in a free talk open to the public.