Martha Farah Elected to Prestigious British Academy Fellowship

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Martha Farah has been made a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy for the humanities and social sciences.

Farah, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Natural Sciences and the director of the Center for Neuroscience and Society, is among 76 distinguished scholars to be elected to the fellowship in recognition of her work in the field of cognitive neuroscience, with a focus on the interface between neuroscience and society; socioeconomic status and its relation to brain development; and implications of neuroscience for law education and other policy areas.

The British Academy is a community of over 1,400 of the leading minds that make up the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. Past Fellows includes Sir Winston Churchill and C.S. Lewis.

This year marks the largest ever cohort of new Fellows. The expertise of this year’s Fellows ranges from the social and ethical dimensions of disability to monetary policy. As well as a fellowship, the British Academy is also a funding body for research, nationally and internationally, and a forum for debate and engagement.

“I am delighted to welcome this year’s exceptionally talented new Fellows to the Academy,” said Professor David Cannadine, President of the British Academy. The election of the largest cohort of Fellows in our history means the British Academy is better placed than ever to help tackle the challenges we all face today. Whether it’s social integration, the aging society, the future of democracy, climate change, Brexit, or the rise of artificial intelligence, the insights of the humanities and social sciences are essential as we navigate our way through an uncertain present into what we hope will be an exciting future.”

A full list of all new Fellows can be found on the British Academy website at www.britac.ac.uk/news/record-number-academics-elected-british-academy.

 

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