Professor Heather Maynard has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.
A member of the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty for more than two decades, Maynard holds UCLA’s Dr. Myung Ki Hong Endowed Chair in Polymer Science. She is a worldwide leader in the area of protein-polymer conjugates, which are important therapeutics for a variety of diseases. She develops new synthetic methods to make the materials, invents new polymers to improve properties such as stability, and demonstrates preclinical efficacy of her conjugates with an eye towards translation for human health. Maynard also works in the area of smart materials for precision medicine: materials that respond to disease states in the body.
Maynard’s research and teaching have been recognized by numerous awards including the Macro Group UK Medal for Outstanding Achievement, American Chemical Society Arthur Cope Scholar Award, Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award, Fulbright Specialist Award, Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the UCLA Student Development Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award. Maynard is an American Chemical Society (ACS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Leverhulme, Kavli Frontiers, and Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow and was a member of the United States Defense Science Study Group from 2016-2017.
At UCLA, Maynard serves as the Director of the National Institutes of Health funded Chemistry and Biology Interface Training Program, Co-Director of the National Science Foundation funded BioPACIFIC Materials Innovation Platform, and as Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute. Maynard is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Maynard received her PhD from the California Institute of Technology and was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
To learn more about Maynard’s research, visit her group’s website.
From UCLA Newsroom (by Jonathan Riggs):
In 1781, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were among the first members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.
This year, three UCLA faculty members were elected to join them. UCLA’s new members for 2023 are:
Maynard is UCLA’s Dr. Myung Ki Hong Professor of Polymer Science and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. A leader in the area of protein-polymer conjugates — important therapeutics for a variety of diseases — Maynard develops new synthetic methods to make the materials, invents new polymers to improve properties such as stability and demonstrates preclinical efficacy of her conjugates with an eye toward translation for human health. She also works in the area of smart materials for precision medicine.
“I am honored and humbled to be elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a society established to recognize people, both past and present, whose knowledge, discoveries and innovations enrich and make better the world,” she said. “I hope to continue my work to add to their contributions.”
Mullen, a professor of English, is a poet, short story writer and literary scholar whose two most recent books are “Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary” and “Broken Glish: Five Prose Poems.” Her collection “Recyclopedia” won a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and her book “Sleeping with the Dictionary” was a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is also the recipient of awards and honors from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Academy of American Poets and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, among others.
“It is an unimagined honor to find my name added to the long, illustrious list of accomplished thinkers, performers and creators elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an organization that aspires to expanding knowledge, enriching culture and working toward shared ideals,” she said.
Treisman is a political science professor and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His studies focus on Russian politics and economics as well as comparative political economy, including the analysis of democratization, the politics of authoritarian states, political decentralization and corruption.
“It’s humbling to be invited to join this incredible association of scholars,” he said. “So many of my intellectual heroes have been — or still are — Academy members.”
This year’s nearly 270 inductees are drawn from academia, the arts, industry, policy, research and science, and include more than 40 international honorary members from 23 countries.
“In its earliest days, the Academy sought members who would help address issues and opportunities confronting a young nation,” said Nancy Andrews, chair of the academy’s board of directors. “We feel a similar urgency and have elected a class that brings diverse expertise to meet the pressing challenges and possibilities that America and the world face today.”