Josh Frieman, director of the Dark Energy Survey and a member of the Fermilab Theoretical Astrophysics Group, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this week. He joins 212 other new inductees, including scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic and business leaders.
Frieman, who also serves as a professor of astrophysics at the University of Chicago, joined the scientific staff at Fermilab in 1988. He was head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group from 1994 to 1999, has authored more than 275 publications and led the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Supernova Survey, which discovered more than 500 new supernovae for scientific study. He is a founding member and director of DES, which has just finished its third year of mapping the southern sky to learn more about dark energy.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science, engineering and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts and education; and American institutions and the public good.
Frieman will be inducted as a member of the 236th class of the Academy at a ceremony on Oct. 8, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For a full list of this year’s inductees, visit the Academy website.