The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday, April 19th, the newest members of its prestigious academy.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an honorary society that recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government and public affairs. The academy, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded to recognize accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good. The organization’s work is wide-ranging and multidisciplinary, with current areas of focus that include arts and humanities, democracy and justice, education, energy and environment, global affairs, and science and technology.
Dr. Hummer is the Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a demographer whose research centers on health and mortality disparities across population groups in the United States. Hummer is also a fellow of the Carolina Population Center and director of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). Add Health is the largest, most comprehensive nationally representative and longitudinal study of the health of adolescents who have now aged into adulthood ever conducted in the United States. In March 2021, Add Health received two major awards from the National Institute on Aging worth an expected $38.2 million over five years to enable the project to follow the original adolescent cohort into their 40s.