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Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton researchers among Foreign Policy's 2014 Leading Global Thinkers

Three Princeton University researchers, two current and one past, were recognized as among Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 for their novel approach to verifying the existence of nuclear warheads: Alexander Glaser, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and international affairs, Robert Goldston, a professor of astrophysical sciences in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and Boaz Barak, an assistant professor of computer science now a senior researcher at Microsoft Research New England.

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Joyce Carol Oates 'Fest' celebrates her 'life-changing' influence on student writers

In a lively twist on the academic tradition of festschrift — a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar — colleagues and former students celebrated Joyce Carol Oates with stories and remembrances in Chancellor Green Rotunda on Friday, Nov. 7, before an audience of about 300 Princeton students, faculty and staff, and community members. Oates, the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor of the Humanities who has taught in the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Creative Writing for 36 years, will retire from full-time teaching at the end of the academic year. She will continue to teach a course at Princeton each fall.  

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FACULTY HONOR: Three Princeton researchers' work selected for 'The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2014'

The work of three Princeton University researchers has been been selected to appear in the collection, "The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2014," from Princeton University Press. The book will feature previously published work by John Conway, the John von Neumann Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Emeritus, and professor emeritus of mathematics; Mark Braverman, an asssistant professor of computer science; and Michael Barany, a doctoral student in the Program in History of Science.

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FACULTY AWARD: Manabe named 2015 Franklin Institute Laureate

Syukuro Manabe, a senior meteorologist in Princeton University's Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, received the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science from Philadelphia's Franklin Institute for his work developing accurate climate models.

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FACULTY HONOR: Bass wins Bernard Schwartz Book Award

Gary Bass, a professor of politics and international affairs, has been named the winner of the 2014 Bernard Schwartz Book Award for his book, "The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide." The Bernard Schwartz Book Award, presented by the Asia Society Policy Institute, recognizes nonfiction books for their outstanding contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or U.S.-Asia relations. Bass will be presented with a prize and honored at a special event to be held at the Asia Society's headquarters in New York City later this year. 

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FACULTY HONOR: Glaude elected vice president of American Academy of Religion

Eddie Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Center for African American Studies, has been elected as vice president of the American Academy of Religion.

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FACULTY HONOR: Six Princeton professors inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Six Princeton University professors were among 164 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Oct. 11. The inductees from Princeton are: Neta Bahcall, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy and professor of astrophysical sciences; Charles Cameron, professor of politics and public affairs; Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and chair of economics; David Gabai, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Mathematics and department chair; Susan Naquin, professor of history and East Asian studies, emeritus; and Robert Socolow, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, emeritus. Founded in 1780, the academy is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious learned societies.

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FACULTY AWARD: Petry receives 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Princeton University faculty member Sabine Petry, an assistant professor of molecular biology, was one of 18 early-career researchers nationwide to receive a 2014 Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton physicists receive $7.2 million for quantum-materials research

Four Princeton University physicists were among 19 scientists nationwide to receive five-year, $1.8 million awards from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation intended to support "ambitious, high-risk research" in quantum materials: M. Zahid Hasan, a professor of physics; Nai Phuan Ong, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials; Jason Petta, an associate professor of physics; and Ali Yazdani, a professor of physics.

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Princeton faculty approves changes to grading policy

The Princeton faculty on Monday, Oct. 6, approved changes to the University's undergraduate grading policy that include removing numerical targets and replacing them with grading standards developed and articulated by each department.

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