Two Yale scientists have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Richard P. Lifton, M.D., Ph.D., chair and Sterling Professor of Genetics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and John R. Carlson, Ph.D., the Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, were named fellows of the Academy in April, and will be formally inducted at an October ceremony in Cambridge, Mass.

The Academy was founded in 1780 during the American Revolution by John Adams and other leaders of the new nation, to “cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.” Today it is an international society whose 4,600 fellows and 600 foreign honorary members are drawn from multiple disciplines. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 260 Pulitzer Prize winners.