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KUDOS TO RICHARD COOKE AND NANCY KNOWLTON

April 30, 2013

KUDOS TO RICHARD COOKE AND NANCY KNOWLTON

What do STRI archaeologist Richard Cooke and emeritus coral reef biologist Nancy Knowlton have in common with actors Robert De Niro and Sally Field and singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen?

What do STRI archaeologist Richard Cooke and emeritus coral reef biologist Nancy Knowlton have in common with actors Robert De Niro and Sally Field and singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen? They joined other leaders in their fields as members of the 2013 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1780, the prestigious honorary society and independent policy research center has chosen prominent "thinkers and doers" from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the eighteenth century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the nineteenth, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the twentieth. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Richard Cooke, expert in the cultural evolution of Native American peoples was named as one of 12 Honorary Foreign members under the section of Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Demography. On the other hand, Nancy Knowlton, who is now Sant Chair of Marine Biology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, joined the class of 2013 under the section of Evolutionary and Population Biology and Ecology.

“Richard’s life’s work on the prehistoric cultures of Central America has been very influential in our understanding of a number of issues, ranging from the earliest human colonization of Panama to the later emergence of more complex societies.” Dolores Piperno, Staff Scientist, STRI

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