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April 27, 2004

Two U-M professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Two university of Michigan faculty members were among those recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Philip Bucksbaum, Otto Laporte Professor of Physics and director of the Center for Frontiers in Optical Coherent & Ultrafast Physics, and Raymond Kelly, professor of anthropology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, were among the 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 13 countries elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Bucksbaum has several research projects in the Randall Laboratory at U-M, in other laboratories around the country and in Europe. His research focus is non-linear optics, coherent control, high-intensity physics and ultrafast laser physics.

Kelly will retire from active faculty status on May 31. He joined the University in 1971 as a lecturer. Kelly is a generalist, and his research has focused on answering questions of broad anthropological interest, using a combination of field work and cross-cultural research.

Research topics include infant betrothal, inequality in New Guinea, the causes of Nuer territorial expansion in Africa, and the origins of war in human social evolution.

Contact: Laura Bailey
Phone: (734) 764-7087
E-mail: baileylm@umich.edu