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Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

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FACULTY AWARD: Five Princeton faculty named 2015 Sloan Fellows

Five Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2015 Sloan Research Fellows. Awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the $50,000 fellowships recognize promising early-career scientists who have been nominated by their colleagues. The new fellows from Princeton are: Sébastien Bubeck, an assistant professor of operations research and financial engineering; Oleg Itskhoki, an assistant professor of of economics and international affairs; Greg Kaplan, an assistant professor of economics; Corina Tarnita, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; and Vlad Vicol, an assistant professor of mathematics.

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RESEARCH AWARD: NSF renews funds for Princeton Center for Complex Materials

Princeton University was one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive a total of $56 million in funds from the National Science Foundation to support Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs). The award renews the NSF's existing support for the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) through October 2020, and includes $6.39 million for at least the first two years.

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FACULTY HONOR: Brown, Portelli awarded Dan David Prize for 'Retrieving the Past'

Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus and senior historian, and Alessandro Portelli, a lecturer in sociology, have been awarded the 2015 Dan David Prize, which recognizes achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact. Brown, recognized for reshaping our understanding of social and cultural change, and Portelli, honored for challenging the way we understand recording the past, will be awarded the $1 million prize in the category of "Retrieving the Past: Historians and Their Sources" at a ceremony May 17 at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

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FACULTY AWARD: Sondhi receives Humboldt Research Award

Shivaji Sondhi, a Princeton University professor of physics, has received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, which recognizes researchers who have had, and are expected to continue having, a significant impact on their discipline. The award allows Sondhi, whose research focuses largely on quantum condensed matter, to spend up to one year collaborating with researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually, and the award is valued at 60,000 euros.

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FACULTY AWARD: Spergel receives Dannie Heineman Prize for work in understanding universe

David Spergel, Princeton University's Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, has received one of the top prizes in astronomy for his breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe. The American Astronomical Society and the American Institute of Physics presented Spergel and co-winner Marc Kamionkowski, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, with the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize, which honors oustanding mid-career scientists and carries a cash prize of $10,000. Spergel and Kamionkowski were recognized for their "outstanding contributions to the investigation of the fluctuations of the cosmic microwave background that have led to major breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe."

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FACULTY AWARD: Tank receives Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

David Tank, Princeton University's Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology and co-director of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, has received the 2015 Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize, which recognizes seminal discoveries that advance scientists' understanding of the brain. Tank was recognized for his "discovery of fundamental mechanisms of neural computation."

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FACULTY HONOR: Sannikov awarded Fischer Black Prize in finance

Yuliy Sannikov, a professor of economics and a member of the core faculty of the Bendheim Center for Finance, has been awarded the 2015 Fischer Black Prize from the American Finance Association, which recognizes the person under 40 whose work best exemplifies the Fischer Black hallmark of developing original research that is relevant to finance practice. The award was announced during this month's annual meeting of the American Finance Association in Boston.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton researchers awarded 345 million supercomputer hours

Three Princeton University researchers have been granted a total of 345 million hours of processing time on two powerful supercomputers as part of the 2015 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. The awardees from Princeton are Emily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics; Choong-Seock Chang, managing principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; and Jeroen Tromp, the Blair Professor of Geology and professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics.

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FACULTY HONOR: Spergel named one of Nature's 10 in 2014

Princeton University's David Spergel, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, was selected as one of Nature's 10 in 2014 by Nature magazine. The listing honors the 10 people each year who made a difference in science. Spergel is recognized in the magazine for his identification of errors in the work of scientists who had reported the detection of gravitational remnants of the universe's early expansion.

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FACULTY HONOR: Aksay, Carter named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Two Princeton University faculty members have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, which honors academic inventors whose inventions have made a tangible impact on society. Among the 2015 Fellows are Ilhan Aksay, professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Emily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and director of Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. The new fellows will be inducted Mar. 20, 2015, at the academy's fourth annual conference to be held at the California Institute of Technology.

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