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Friday, Oct. 09, 2015

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FACULTY AWARD: Gitai, Murphy receive NIH Pioneer Awards

Princeton University faculty members Zemer Gitai, professor of molecular biology, and Coleen Murphy, professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, are among 13 researchers nationwide to receive 2015 Pioneer Awards from the National Institutes of Health. The awards are part of the NIH Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, which supports investigators pursuing bold research projects.

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Princeton to celebrate life and legacy of John Nash on Oct. 24

Princeton University will celebrate the life and legacy of John Nash, the mathematician known worldwide from the biographical movie "A Beautiful Mind" that told of his intellectual triumphs and struggles with mental illness, at a service of remembra...

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Hugo Meyer, specialist in Hellenistic and Roman art and sculpture, dies

Hugo Meyer, a professor of art and archaeology emeritus at Princeton University whose scholarship focused on Greek sources of Roman art and Hellenistic and Roman sculpture, died from an accident at his home in Munich on Sept. 12. He was 66.  

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C.K. Williams, distinguished poet and 'great mentor,' dies at 78

C.K. Williams, an acclaimed poet and faculty member at Princeton University whose writing embraces the full breadth of the human experience, died Sept. 20 of multiple myeloma at his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. He was 78.

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FACULTY AWARD: Car, Muir receive ACS national awards

Princeton University faculty members Roberto Car, the Ralph W. *31 Dornte Professor in Chemistry, and Tom Muir, the Van Zandt Williams Jr. Class of 1965 Professor of Chemistry and department chair, have received national awards from the American Chemical Society (ACS). Car received the ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry and Muir was honored with the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry. National award recipients will be honored March 15, 2016, at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego.

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FACULTY AWARD: Metcalf awarded by Wellcome Fund to study population, disease dynamics

C. Jessica Metcalf, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs, was one of 10 professors whose projects were chosen by the London-based Wellcome Fund for a new five-year, £75 million ($115 million) international initiative to study the links between human health and the health of the environment. Metcalf will use mobile-phone data to study shifting patterns of population density and how large-scale movement can drive patterns of disease, including outbreaks. The grant for Metcalf will be administered by the Princeton Environmental Institute.

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FACULTY AWARD: Kevrekidis named Hans Fischer Senior Fellow

Yannis Kevrekidis, the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering, has been appointed a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Munich Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS), an honor open to outstanding scientists around the world. Named for Hans Fischer, 1930 Nobel laureate in chemistry, the fellowship runs for three years and allows Kevrekidis to spend an extended period at TUM-IAS, beginning with a sabbatical leave this fall. Kevrekidis expects to use the fellowship to further his collaborative work with TUM-IAS researchers. According to the Technical University of Munich, the Fischer fellowship "is awarded to outstanding international scientists who intend to explore innovative, high-risk topics in their research areas together with a TUM research group." The award includes research and travel support as well as funding for a doctoral student who will work with the collaborating researchers. 

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FACULTY AWARD: McBride receives Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award

Carolyn "Lindy" McBride, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, was named one of two recipients of the 2016 Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award presented by Yale University's Gruber Foundation. McBride will receive a three-year, $75,000 award intended to support the work of early-career female geneticists from anywhere in the world. McBride, who joined the Princeton faculty in 2014, was recognized for her multidisciplinary work to understand the genetic basis of mosquito behavior, which, according to the foundation, "has been instrumental in establishing the mosquito as a model system to understand the genetic basis of behavior."

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FACULTY AWARD: Ostriker, Page receive 2015 Gruber Prize in Cosmology

Princeton University researchers Jeremiah Ostriker, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation, Emeritus, and Lyman Page, Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Physics and department chair, are recipients of the 2015 Gruber Prize in Cosmology for their work in reshaping how scientists understand the origin, composition and dynamics of the universe.

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FACULTY AWARD: Norman to study sleep and memory with NSF BRAIN Initiative award

Kenneth Norman, a Princeton University professor of psychology, will explore what happens to our memories as we sleep as part of a three-year, $594,000 project supported by the National Science Foundation and related to the federal BRAIN Initiative.

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