The National Academy of Sciences has elected APS Fellows Robert A. Bjork, Alice H. Eagly, Megan R. Gunnar, and Roberta L. Klatzky to membership in the prestigious organization. Announced May 3, the 2022 elections include 120 new members and 517 new international (nonvoting) members, for a total of 2,512 active members and 517 international members.
Established under a congressional charter signed by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to research.
All four of the APS Fellows are also charter members of APS, meaning they were among the 400 original psychological scientists who formed the society in 1988.
Bjork, a distinguished research professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, is a cognitive psychologist known for his research on human memory and learning. In 2021, he and his wife, APS Fellow Elizabeth Ligon Bjork, received the APS Mentor Award in recognition of their work shaping the future directions of science by fostering the careers of students and colleagues. Bjork served as APS President from 2000 to 2001 and received the APS James McKeen Cattell Award in 2016.
Eagly is the James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, professor emeritus of psychology, and Emeritus Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, Evanston. Her research interests include the psychology of gender, especially sex differences and similarities in leadership, prosocial behavior, aggression, and more. She co-chaired a symposium on the cultural and biological evolution of gender at the 2011 APS Annual Convention.
Gunnar is a Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and distinguished teaching professor at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Like Bjork, she received both the APS Mentor Award in 2014 and the APS James McKeen Cattell Award in 2021. (See a video recording of her Mentor Award remarks, along with those of other 2021 APS Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.)
Klatzky, who served as the APS Treasurer for 20 years, is the Queenan University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where she researches perception and action, focusing on touch, space perception, and cognition. A recipient of the APS James McKeen Cattell Award in 2018, she discussed the intersection of sensory technology and psychological science in her May 2019 award address at the APS Annual Convention.
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