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Saturday, Feb. 06, 2016

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FACULTY AWARD: Okeke-Agulu wins Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism

Chika Okeke-Agulu, associate professor of art and archaeology and African American studies, has been awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association (CAA) for his book "Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in 20th-Century Nigeria" (Duke University Press, 2015).

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FACULTY AWARD: Yang receives $2.3M to develop deep-cell exploration technologies

Haw Yang, a Princeton University professor of chemistry, has received a $2.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a set of technologies that will allow scientists to remotely control and navigate individual nanoscale devices — as well as the chemistry around them — inside living cells in 3-D.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton teams receive INCITE supercomputing grants

Three projects based at Princeton University and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have received a total of 162 million processor hours on the two most powerful computers in the nation dedicated to open science thanks to Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) grants from the U.S. Department of Energy. The projects are among 56 nationwide to receive a combined 5.8 billion core hours at the DOE Leadership Computing Facilities at Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories.

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FACULTY HONOR: Poor named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

H. Vincent Poor, dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named a 2015 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The honor recognizes academic inventors who hold patents on inventions with "a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

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FACULTY AWARD: Herrera wins 2015 George Jean Nathan Award for drama criticism

Brian Herrera, assistant professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has won the 2015 George Jean Nathan Award for drama criticism for his 2015 book "Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in 20th-Century U.S. Popular Performance." The award, given annually by the heads of the English departments of Cornell, Princeton and Yale universities, is endowed by George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), a prominent theater critic, author and 1904 Cornell alumnus, who said the award's aim is to "encourage and assist in developing the arts of drama criticism and the stimulation of intelligent playgoing." Herrera is a co-winner with Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones. Jill Dolan, dean of the college, the Annan Professor in English, and professor of English and theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, received the award in 2011.

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FACULTY AWARD: Billings wins the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit in classics

Joshua Billings, assistant professor of classics, has been awarded the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for his book "Genealogy of the Tragic: Greek Tragedy and German Philosophy" (Princeton University Press, 2014). The prize, named in honor of a long-time member and generous benefactor of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), is awarded for outstanding contributions to classical scholarship published by members of the association within the preceding three years. Billings will accept the award on Jan. 8 at the annual SCS meeting in San Francisco.

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FACULTY HONOR: Hasan's Weyl fermion work among Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2015

Princeton University Professor of Physics M. Zahid Hasan is one of three physicists whose efforts to observe Weyl fermions, an elusive massless particle theorized 85 years ago, have been named among the Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2015 by Physics World magazine.

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FACULTY AWARD: Currie recognized for advancing status of women in economics

Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, chair of the Department of Economics and director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing, has been selected to receive the 2015 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award by the American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. The award recognizes her work to advance the status of women in economics. The award will be presented to Currie on Jan. 3 in San Francisco.

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FACULTY AWARD: Levy wins Modern Language Association's Prize for a First Book

Lital Levy, associate professor of comparative literature, has been awarded the Prize for a First Book from the Modern Language Association (MLA) for her book "Poetic Trespass: Writing Between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine," published by Princeton University Press. The award committee's citation stated: "Using her original translations of primary works, Levy reveals the range of dialectal and interlingual techniques by which Palestinian-Israeli, Sephardi, and Mizrahi writers have cast the experience of alienation, demonstrating in the process how the Zionist embrace of Hebrew as a designated national language has disjointed the Judeo-Arabic tradition." Established in 1993, the MLA Prize for a First Book is awarded annually for the first book-length publication of a member of the association that is a literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an important work or a critical biography. Levy will accept the award on Jan. 9, 2016, during the association's annual convention in Austin, Texas.

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FACULTY AWARD: Codá Marques receives AMS Veblen Prize for resolving Willmore conjecture

Fernando Codá Marques, a Princeton University professor of mathematics, was awarded the American Mathematical Society's 2016 Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry for his part in resolving the Willmore conjecture, a long-time mystery in geometry about the nature of surfaces.

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