Weber to be inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences Oct. 6

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences will induct David Weber, SMU’s Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History and director of the University’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, as a 2007 Fellow Oct. 6 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Weber, who specializes in the American Southwest and Mexico, is author or editor of more than 22 books and 60 scholarly articles. He has been a member of the History Department faculty in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences for more than 30 years.

Fellows are elected by Academy members based on the quality of their work and contributions to their field throughout their career. This year’s class includes former Vice President Al Gore, actor and film producer Robert Redford, former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, New York Mayor and businessman Michael Bloomberg, Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt, New York Times investigative correspondent James Risen, filmmaker Spike Lee, economists Gregory Mankiw and Murray Weidenbaum, astronomer Donald Brownlee, robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks, Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, supercomputer expert David Shaw, and pianist Emanuel Ax. Visit the Academy’s Web site for a complete list.