University of Minnesota professor elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/22/2016) – University of Minnesota Regents Professor Timothy P. Lodge has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies. Members include the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders.

Lodge, who holds appointments in both the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, is an internationally renowned polymer scientist. He has published more than 350 papers on his innovative and groundbreaking research. He is one of the University of Minnesota’s most distinguished professors, which includes being named a Regents Professor in 2013.

Lodge was recently named a 2016 Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA), honored for groundbreaking insights into the structure and dynamics of a wide range of complex polymer systems. He received the 2015 Herman F. Mark Polymer Chemistry Award from the Polymer Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), honored for his outstanding research and leadership in polymer science.

Lodge’s contributions to the scientific community have been recognized by numerous other external awards and invited lectureships, including the Minnesota Award-American Chemical Society Minnesota Section (2012), Turner Alfrey Visiting Professorship (2011), and International Scientist Award from the Society of Polymer Science Japan (2009). Lodge was recognized as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2010) and the Association for the Advancement of Science (2009).

He has been awarded two of the most prestigious international awards in the demanding fields of both polymer physics and polymer chemistry—the American Physical Society Polymer Physics Prize (2004) and the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry (2009). Few scientists in the world have claimed both of these prizes.

Lodge’s service to science does not end in the classroom or laboratory. Lodge has served in many leadership roles, including serving as director of the University of Minnesota’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and coordinating the Microstructured Polymers group for the university’s Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME).

As editor-in-chief of the academic journal Macromolecules, he oversees the processing of 3,000 manuscripts annually, and coordinates the efforts of 13 associate editors. He also launched the American Chemical Society publicationMacro Letters. He has chaired and organized many meetings and national conferences, and has served as a leader on the executive committee for the American Physical Society Polymer Division.

“We are extremely proud of Tim, who is richly deserving of this honor,” said William Tolman, chair of the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry. “His research record is simply extraordinary, as is his exceptional service as an editor and as MRSEC director. He has made a major mark in the fields of polymer/analytical chemistry that will certainly be longstanding.”

Lodge will be inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony on Oct. 8, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Members of the 2016 class include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Wolf Prize; MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships; the Fields Medal; and the Grammy Award and National Book Award.

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