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Saturday, April 30, 2016

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FACULTY HONOR: Draine, Turner join board of Breakthrough Starshot

Princeton University professors of astrophysical sciences Bruce Draine and Edwin Turner have been named to the management and advisory committee of Breakthrough Starshot, a new $100 million endeavor to develop a proof-of-concept for unmanned nanocrafts capable of deep-space travel at speeds nearing that of light.

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Board approves eight promotions

The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of eight faculty members, all effective July 1, 2016. The faculty members and their departments, by the academic rank to which they are being promoted, are:

Professor — Celeste Nelson, chemical and b...

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FACULTY HONOR: James named International Monetary Fund historian

Harold James, the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, professor of history and international affairs, and director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, has been selected as one of the two new historians at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He and Atish (Rex) Ghosh from the IMF will begin their new roles May 2. James will retain his normal roles at Princeton. Ghosh was an assistant professor of economics and international affairs from 1989 to 1996.

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FACULTY HONOR: Kang named Komen Scholar for breast cancer research

Yibin Kang, Princeton University's Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology, is among 16 researchers to be named Komen Scholars by Susan G. Komen, the world's leading breast cancer organization. Komen Scholars are chosen for their knowledge and leadership within the scientific, research and advocacy communities, and for their own contributions to breast cancer research.

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AWARD: Four win Guggenheim Fellowships

Two Princeton faculty members and one visiting lecturer have received 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships: Daniel Garber, the Stuart Professor of Philosophy, for "How Philosophy Became Modern in the 17th Century"; Juri Seo, assistant professor of music, for music composition; Raphael Xavier, visiting lecturer in dance and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for choreography; and Robert Spoo, who received his Ph.D. in English in 1986.

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FACULTY AWARD: Homes receives Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award

A.M. Homes, a lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been awarded the 31st Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. With this award, Guild Hall, the Hamptons’ major visual and performing arts center, honors both summer and year-round East End residents (Long Island, New York), who have demonstrated excellence in the visual, literary and performing arts. The award was presented to Homes at The Rainbow Room in New York City on March 8.

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FACULTY AWARD: Zhang named 2016 Simons Fellow

Shou-Wu Zhang, a Princeton University professor of mathematics, has been named a 2016 Simons Fellow in Mathematics by the Simons Foundation. The fellows programs provide funds to faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations with the goal of increasing creativity and providing intellectual stimulation.

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FACULTY HONOR: Wiles receives 2016 Abel Prize

Andrew Wiles, an Oxford University mathematics professor and Princeton University's James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, has received the 2016 Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for providing a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem in 1994. Wiles is the third Abel Prize recipient in a row associated with Princeton.

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FACULTY AWARD: Yarhi-Milo honored for book on international relations

Keren Yarhi-Milo, an assistant professor of politics and international affairs, has been awarded the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University for her book "Knowing the Adversary: Leaders, Intelligence, and Assessment of Intentions in International Relations." The award commemorates the founding director of the Mershon Center and is given annually to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security.

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FACULTY AWARD: Five Princeton faculty named 2016 Sloan Fellows

Five Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2016 Sloan Research Fellows. Awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the $55,000 fellowships recognize promising early-career scientists who have been nominated by their colleagues.

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