Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Faculty affiliates elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Alta Charo, Seth Pollak Alta Charo, Seth Pollak

Two La Follette Faculty Affiliates, Professors Alta Charo and Seth Pollack, were admitted to American Academy of Arts and Sciences along with four other UW–Madison faculty. The Academy, founded in 1780 by John Hancock and 60 other scholars, honors excellence and convenes leaders who contribute to advancing the common good and upholding democratic ideals.

Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics. Her research has focused on law and policy related to environmental protection, reproductive health, new reproductive technologies, medical genetics, stem cell research, science funding, and research ethics. She previously served as an adviser to the federal government and several presidential administrations, and she co-chaired a National Academy of Sciences panel to develop recommendations around human gene editing.

Pollak is the College of Letters & Science Distinguished Professor of Psychology. At UW–Madison's Waisman Center, he researches the link between childhood stress and well-being. With his research, Pollak seeks to better understand the role that early experiences in children’s lives have on development of brain structure and function with implications for improving children’s lives.

UW–Madison Provost Karl Scholz lauded UW-Madison’s newest admittees, saying “the news that six colleagues are new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is further evidence for a fact: Faculty at UW-Madison are extraordinary. We congratulate these six for this wonderful recognition and thank them, and all in the UW-Madison community, for relentless efforts to expand the boundaries of knowledge and understanding of the human condition.”

- written by Peter Mosher