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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

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FACULTY AWARD: Bassler receives Max Planck Research Award

Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University's Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology and department chair, is one of two recipients of the 2016 Max Planck Research Award. Bassler was recognized for her "major role in the discovery that Earth’s most ancient unicellular organisms communicate with one another via chemical signalling molecules," a process known as quorum sensing. Presented by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society, the award honors scientists for their pioneering research into the sensory perception of organisms. Awardees receive 750,000 euros to fund future projects with colleagues in Germany and abroad.

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FACULTY AWARD: Diller to receive ACADIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Elizabeth Diller, a professor of architecture, has been selected to receive the 2016 ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to exceptional architects and researchers who, over the course of an entire career, have made significant and innovative contributions to the fields of architecture and computational design. Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that achieved international prominence for its designs of the High Line and the redesign of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts campus in New York City. The award will be presented on October 28 at ACADIA's annual conference at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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FACULTY AWARD: Ploss receives early-career award for infectious-disease research

Alexander Ploss, a Princeton University assistant professor of molecular biology, has received an Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Ploss will use the five-year, $500,000 award for his topic, "breaking species barriers of human hepatotropic pathogens."

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FACULTY AWARD: Chirik receives Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Paul Chirik, Princeton University's Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, was among five recipients nationwide of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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FACULTY HONOR: Five faculty members receive theater awards, nominations

Five faculty members in the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater have recently been nominated for or received major awards: Jane Cox, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts; John Doyle, visiting lecturer with the rank of professor in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts; Riccardo Hernandez, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts; Anita Yavich, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts; and Anne Washburn, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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FACULTY HONOR: Three faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

Three Princeton University faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research: Roberto Car, the Ralph W. *31 Dornte Professor in Chemistry and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials; Igor Klebanov, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and associate director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science; and Stanislas Leibler, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and a Princeton visiting lecturer with the rank of professor in physics.

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RESEARCH HONOR: Grek, Reinfurt awarded Rome Prize in arts and humanities

Leon Grek, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, received the Paul Mellon/Frank Brown Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. David Reinfurt, a lecturer in visual arts and the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been awarded the Mark Hampton Rome Prize for design. John Lansdowne, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology, is in his second year with the honor of the Marian and Andrew Heiskell/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize for Medieval Studies.

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FACULTY HONOR: Kolemen receives DOE early career research grant

Egemen Kolemen, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, was among 49 scientists nationwide to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Early Career Research program. 

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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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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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