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Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

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Faculty approves changes to Princeton sexual misconduct policies and procedures

The Princeton faculty on Monday, Sept. 15, approved changes in the University's policies and procedures for addressing issues related to sexual misconduct. Revisions to incorporate the changes in the booklet Rights, Rules and Responsibilities will be brought to the Council of the Princeton University for consideration at its first regularly scheduled meeting of the year on Sept. 29.

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FACULTY AWARD: Keohane receives APSA's James Madison Award

Robert Keohane, a professor of international affairs and acting faculty chair of the Master in Public Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, received the 2014 James Madison Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA). The award, given once every three years, "recognizes an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science."

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FACULTY AWARD: Devenport named a 2014 Vallee Foundation Young Investigator

Danelle Devenport, a Princeton University assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, is one of four researchers nationwide to receive a 2014 Young Investigator Award from the Bert L and N Kuggie Vallee Foundation in Boston. The $250,000 award recognizes original and innovative biomedical research. Devenport, who studies how cells coordinate collective behaviors over extremely long distances, combines time-lapse imaging with biophysical approaches to understand the signals skin cells use to direct tissue organization and growth.

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Undergraduate socioeconomic diversity working group issues recommendations

A working group on undergraduate socioeconomic diversity, chaired by Dean of the College Valerie Smith, has issued a broad set of recommendations designed to improve academic achievement and create a more inclusive and supportive campus climate for the benefit of all undergraduates. Initially appointed by former President Shirley M. Tilghman, the working group included five faculty members and six administrators representing various segments of the campus community.

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Faculty committee recommends changes in sexual misconduct policies, procedures

The Faculty Advisory Committee on Policy, an elected committee that also serves as the faculty membership of the executive committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC), is recommending changes in the University's policies and procedures for addressing issues related to sexual misconduct. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Smith receives Academy of American Poets Fellowship

Tracy K. Smith, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been awarded the 2014 Academy of American Poets Fellowship.

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FACULTY AWARD: Bialek, Murthy, Shaevitz awarded early concept grants for brain research

Princeton faculty members William Bialek and Mala Murthy have been awarded Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable new technologies to better understand how complex behaviors emerge from the activity of brain circuits. Each award is for $300,000 over a two-year period and is part of NSF's investment in support of President Barack Obama's BRAIN Initiative. Bialek, the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, received the award as primary investigator in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Murthy, an assistant professor of molecular biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, received the award as primary investigator in the Directorate for Biological Sciences, along with co-principal investigators Bialek and Joshua Shaevitz, an associate professor of physics and the Lewis-Sigler Intitute for Integrative Genomics. Thirty-six awards totaling $10.8 million were given. Most of the awarded projects involve interdisciplinary teams of investigators in support of a total of 76 researchers.  

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FACULTY AWARD: George to be recognized for commitment to religious freedom

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and a professor of politics, has been selected to receive the 2014 Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award for his "tireless commitment to religious freedom." George, who is also vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, will be honored at the group's convention Aug. 16 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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FACULTY AWARD: Emmerich, Keeley receive PEN Award

The 2014 PEN Award for poetry in translation for "Diaries of Exile" by Yannis Ritsos (Archipelago) has been awarded to Karen Emmerich, a 2000 Princeton alumna who majored in comparative literature, earned certificates in Hellenic Studies and creative writing, was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Program in Hellenic Studies in 2010-11 and will join Princeton University as an assistant professor in comparative literature in February 2015, and Edmund Keeley, the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English, Emeritus, and professor of English and creative writing, emeritus. The award, which is accompanied by a $3,000 prize conferred in New York, recognizes book-length translations of poetry from any language into English published during the current calendar year.

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FACULTY AWARD: Charikar and Spitkovsky receive Simons Investigators awards

Princeton University researchers Moses Charikar and Anatoly Spitkovsky were selected to receive 2014 Simons Investigators awards, which are presented by the New York-based Simons Foundation to outstanding scientists nationwide engaged in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science, and mathematical modeling of living systems.

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