Peter Olson, professor of Earth and planetary sciences, was among 72 U.S. scientists elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. Olson joins 17 other Hopkins faculty members currently in the academy, an honorary society that advises the government on scientific matters.
Olson, whose research focuses on understanding the dynamics of the Earth's interior, received a similarly high honor in 2005, when he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Joining Olson in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year is Michael Williams, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor and chair of the Philosophy Department. His election makes him the 39th Johns Hopkins fellow of the academy.
Williams was scheduled to be inducted into the academy Oct. 6, along with other new fellows including former Vice President Al Gore; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; and New York mayor, businessman, and Hopkins alumnus Michael Bloomberg. Williams' work focuses on epistemology—the theory of knowledge-as well as on the philosophy of language and the history of modern philosophy.
The Krieger School's junior faculty saw a multi-tude of awards and honors recently. Here's a sampling:
N. Peter Armitage, assistant professor of physics and astronomy: Sloan Research Fellowship
Andrei Gritsan, assistant professor of physics and astronomy: National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award and Sloan Research Fellowship Award
Justine Roth, assistant professor of chemistry: Sloan Research Fellowship
John D. Tovar, assistant professor of chemistry: National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award.