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Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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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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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton researchers named NIH New Innovators

Three Princeton University researchers have received 2014 Director's New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health: Timothy Buschman, an assistant professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI); Michael McAlpine, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Mala Murthy, an assistant professor of molecular biology and PNI. The awards support innovative work by early-career scientists.

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FACULTY AWARD: Singer receives Moore Foundation award for data-driven discovery

Amit Singer, a Princeton University professor of mathematics and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, was one of 14 researchers nationwide selected for a five-year, $1.5 million Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery award from the California-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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AWARD: Two postdocs receive 2014 Blavatnik Regional Award honors

Recent Princeton University postdoctoral researchers Jeremy Palmer, of chemical and biological engineering, and Knut Drescher, of molecular biology, received 2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, which recognize outstanding postdoctoral scientists in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

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Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture

Alejandro Zaera-Polo has stepped down from the deanship of Princeton University's School of Architecture to devote greater attention to his research and other professional activities.  

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FACULTY AWARD: Two Princeton projects among first NIH BRAIN Initiative awards

Two Princeton University projects are among the first group of studies selected by the National Institutes of Health to receive an overall $46 million in funds related to the federal BRAIN Initiative, which aims to map the activity of all the brain's neurons.

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