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Psychology professor elected AAAS fellow

by Michael Kirk - May 5, 2008

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UConn psychology professor David A. Kenny has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a highly coveted spot in one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor societies.

David A. Kenny
David A. Kenny
Photo by Melissa Arbo

According to the Academy, Kenny is one of 212 new scholars, scientists, artists, civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders from 20 states and 15 countries to be elected this year.

“I could have never achieved this honor without the many excellent colleagues and students here at the University of Connecticut,” said Kenny, who joined UConn in 1978 after serving as an assistant professor at Harvard for six years.

He is the author of six books and has written extensively in the areas of mediational analysis, interpersonal perception, and the analysis of social interaction data.

His work is highly quoted, with one paper garnering roughly 10,000 citations. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the world, including in Hong Kong, Rome, Geneva, and Amsterdam.

Kenny received his A.B. from the University of California at Davis and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1972.

In a news release, the Academy notes that other new fellows include Nobel laureates and recipients of Pulitzer and Pritzker prizes, Academy and Grammy awards, and Kennedy Center Honors.


Among them are former White House chief of staff James A. Baker III; Linda Buck, a 2004 Nobel laureate who developed a molecular understanding of the sense of smell; and filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

“The Academy honors excellence by electing to membership remarkable men and women who have made preeminent contributions to their fields, and to the world,” said Academy President Emilio Bizzi.

“We are pleased to welcome into the Academy these new members to help advance our founders’ goal of ‘cherishing knowledge and shaping the future.’”

An induction ceremony will take place in Cambridge, Mass. on Oct. 11.





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