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Anthony Kossiakoff (left) and James Jones have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Two distinguished scholars with University of Delaware ties have been
elected to the National Academy of Sciences “in recognition of their
distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”
Honored were James M. Jones, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor
Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Africana Studies and
founding director of the Center for the Study of Diversity, and alumnus
Anthony A. Kossiakoff, Otho S.A. Sprague Distinguished Service Professor
of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago.
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A member of the UD faculty since 1981, Jones published the first edition of Prejudice and Racism
in 1972, with a second edition issued in 1997. The work is widely
regarded as a classic analysis of race, class and culture in psychology.
He published The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Prejudice and Racism, with Jack Dovidio and Deborah Vietze in 2014.
“I was quite surprised and pleased that my work over my 50-plus year
career is considered worthy of membership in the National Academy of
Sciences,” Jones said. “My first book on prejudice and racism examined
the multilevel nature of racism from individuals, to institutions, to
the entire culture. My argument for these interconnected levels of
self-perpetuated bias presaged what we now commonly call systemic
racism. I think this analysis which I have elaborated on during my
career is what the electors thought was worthy of academy membership.”
The former executive director for public interest and director of the
Minority Fellowship Program at the American Psychological Association,
Jones is past president of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology
and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
In 2018, the University of Delaware honored Jones with an honorary
doctor of science degree in recognition of his ”lifetime researching
human diversity and how it affects every aspect of our existence, from
issues of power and social justice to those of psychological and
His other honors include the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award of the
Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnicity, Culture and Race; the
2001 Kurt Lewin Award and the 2009 Distinguished Service Award by the
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; the 2007
Distinguished Psychologist Award by the Association of Black
Psychologists; the 2011 Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award from
the American Psychological Association; the 2018 Gold Medal Award for
Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest; and the 2018
Morton Deutsch Award for Distinguished Contributions in Social Justice
form the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at
Columbia Teachers College.
Anthony M. Kossiakoff
An early leader in biotherapeutics, Kossiakoff, who earned his Ph.D.
in physical chemistry at UD in 1972, started his career at Brookhaven
National Laboratory and went on to become a pioneering member of the
biotechnology corporation Genentech Inc. He chaired the Department of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago from
“Looking back, I was encouraged to take chances and Brown Lab was the
site of many early ‘crash and burns,’ Kossiakoff said. “However, in
the end, I’ve always appreciated how well prepared I was to be able to
jump into entirely new fields as my research interests evolved. I
wouldn’t change a thing.”
In announcing his recent honor, University of Chicago News
called him “a structural biologist and protein engineer whose research
group is developing a molecular understanding of how molecular
recognition governs virtually all aspects of biological function. He did
pioneering work towards elucidating the mechanisms involved in
hormone-induced receptor activation and regulation.”
The article also notes that his group “has also pioneered a new
technology called “chaperone-assisted” structure determination, which
has facilitated the structural analyses of protein systems that had been
intractable by other approaches” and has been “at the forefront of
developing synthetic antibodies, which are more powerful than
traditional monoclonal antibodies and have the potential to replace them
for uses as biotherapeutics and in cell biological applications.”
In 2003, Kossiakoff was elected to UD’s Alumni Wall of Fame, which
honors alumni from around the nation and the world who have
distinguished themselves in professional and community endeavors.
He returned to his alma mater in 2012 to deliver the annual John C.
Wriston Memorial Lecture, and in 2019 he spoke at a biopharmaceutical
symposium, hosted by the Delaware Biotechnology Institute on the STAR
Among his other honors, he received an honorary doctor of science
degree from his undergraduate alma mater Davis and Elkins College in
2011 and was named a fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science in 2012.
Other current members of the UD community in the National Academy of Sciences are Norman Ness, professor emeritus of physics, and alumni Arup K. Chakraborty, who earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1988; Thomas A. Henzinger, who earned his master’s degree in computer and information sciences in 1986; and Nancy R. Sottos, who earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering in 1986 and 1991, respectively.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution
established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham
Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to
membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering and the
National Academy of Medicine—provides science, engineering and health
policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. This
month the academy announced the election of 120 members and 23
international members, bringing the total number of active members to
2,565 and the total number of international members to 526.