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Two UC Berkeley faculty elected to American Philosophical Society

– Two University of California, Berkeley, faculty members are among 42 new resident members and eight new foreign members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS).

The new members are Ruzena Bajcsy, professor of computer and information science, and Ronald S. Stroud, professor of classical languages and literature. Their election brings the total number of current APS members at UC Berkeley to 35.

Bajcsy, a former director of the UC Berkeley-based Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), was honored for her achievements in computer vision, robotics and medical imaging processing.

Stroud was recognized for his scholarship of Greek history, inscriptions and archaeology. He was specifically noted for his publication of Athenian laws on stone and the excavation of the sanctuary of the goddess Demeter at Corinth.

The APS was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin and is the oldest learned society in the United States. It is unusual among such societies in that it honors top scholars for extraordinary accomplishments in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including mathematical and physical sciences, biological sciences and the humanities.

The 2005 elections, announced by the APS on April 30, bring the total membership of the society to 920.