The American Academy of Arts & Sciences today announced its 2020 class of new members, including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center‘s Dr. Julie Overbaugh, who studies factors that shape HIV transmission.

The Academy was established in 1780 by Founding Fathers John Adams, John Hancock and others to advance the common good and recognize accomplished individuals. Members are elected by their peers and often join with other members to produce cross-disciplinary studies that inform public policy.

“I think that anybody who gets these just feels incredibly honored. Also, as far as I'm concerned, it's an honor for my lab group, past and present, because they're the ones whose work was really part of this recognition,” Overbaugh said. “And it’s not just my own lab group. I think one of the things we're known for is our collaboration with the Kenya team. To me, the great thing about something like this is recognizing the team and our approach to science.”

Read the entire story at Fred Hutch. Julie Overbaugh is an Affiliate Professor of Global Health.