American Academy of Arts & Sciences Elects TAU Economist to Elite Society Monday, May 19, 2008
Prof. Eddie Dekel joins one of America's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies
Prof. Eddie Dekel of the Eitan BerglasSchool of Economics at Tel Aviv University has been elected a fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS), one of America's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. His election was announced by the AAAS on April 28, 2008.
Prof. Dekel, who is also affiliated with the Department of Economics of NorthwesternUniversity, joins U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edward P. Jones, blues guitarist B.B. King and Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar as newly-elected members of the prestigious society.
Says Prof. Dekel, "It's really an honor to join a society that includes so many people whose work I admire and who have inspired me."
Prof. Dekel studies strategic thinking and its application to economics. His research builds foundations for decision-making and game theory in the discipline.
Other TAU Fellows of AAAS
He is not the first from Tel Aviv University to join the elite group. Other fellows include Tel Aviv University President and alumnus Prof. Zvi Galil, Prof. Ariel Rubinstein of the School of Economics, Prof. Abraham Nitzan and Prof. Emeritus Joshua Jortner of the School of Chemistry, and Prof. Amnon Aharony of the School of Physics and Astronomy.
Drawn from the sciences, the arts and humanities, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector, Academy fellows are leaders in their fields. They include Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and those who have won Grammy and Academy awards.
"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.'"
Founded in 1780, the Academy has elected the world's finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill.