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Professor Maydianne Andrade named member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

April 27, 2020

Professor Maydianne Andrade is joining an elite group of artists, scholars and scientists as a new member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

“I am honoured and humbled,” says Andrade, who is among 37 new international members from 22 different countries joining the academy.

“This is one of the oldest scholarly societies in North America, with a service-oriented culture that promotes the importance of working across disciplines to solve social challenges. I am privileged to be a member of a group that included Charles Darwin, Toni Morrison and Nelson Mandela.

“This is both an honour and an invocation to action.”

A world-renowned evolutionary ecologist whose expertise is on the mating habits of cannibalistic spiders, Andrade also serves as vice-dean of faculty affairs and equity at U of T Scarborough and is a research associate with the Royal Ontario Museum. The U of T Mississauga alumna received the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize in 2019 for a faculty equity education program.

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and others who wanted to honour exceptionally accomplished individuals who also advance the public good.