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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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FACULTY HONOR: Tilghman elected honorary member of IEEE

Shirley M. Tilghman, president emerita of Princeton University and a professor of molecular biology, has been elected an honorary member of IEEE for her "leadership in bridging quantitative biology and engineering and for advancing higher education." Tilghman will be recognized at the 2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony in Amsterdam on Aug. 23.

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FACULTY AWARD: Seven win Guggenheim Fellowships

Seven Princeton faculty members have received 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships: Mung Chiang, the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, for "Information Engineering for Effective Learning at Massive Scale"; Andrew Cole, associate professor of English, for "The Renaissance of Late Medieval England"; Devin Fore, associate professor of German, for "All the Graphs: Soviet Factography and the Emergence of Avant-Garde Documentary"; Meghan O'Rourke, lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for "What's Wrong with Me: The Uncertainties of Chronic Illness"; Serguei Oushakine, associate professor of anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures, for "Disowned History: Soviet Pasts in the Afterlives of Empire"; Emily Thompson, professor of history, for "Sound Effects: Technicians and the Talkies in the American Film Industry, 1925-1933"; and Claire Watkins, visiting assistant professor of creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for fiction.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three faculty win ACLS fellowships for humanistic research

Three members of the Princeton faculty have been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, which funds humanistic research. They are Devin Fore, associate professor of German; Robert Kaster, professor of classics; and Judith Weisenfeld, professor of religion.

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FACULTY HONOR: Botstein named AACR distinguished lecturer, fellow in recognition of cancer research

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has awarded Princeton University's David Botstein, the Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics, the AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in recognition of his accomplishments in and influence on cancer research. Botstein also was recently elected to the 2014 class of AACR Academy fellows, which is open only to scientists whose work has had a major impact on the field of cancer research.

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FACULTY HONOR: Seyedsayamdost named Searle Scholar

Mohammad Seyedsayamdost, an assistant professor of chemistry, has been named a 2014 Searle Scholar for his innovative research and potential for making significant contributions to chemical and biological research. Seyedsayamdost and 14 others from universities and research institutes in the United States were selected scholars, each of whom will receive $300,000 to support research programs over the next three years.

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FACULTY HONOR: Bass recognized for 'The Blood Telegram'

Gary J. Bass, a professor of politics and international affairs, is the winner of the 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize for his most recent book, "The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide." The Lionel Gelber Prize honors the world's best nonfiction book on foreign affairs. The prize is presented annually by the Lionel Gelber Foundation in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Bass will accept the award April 24 at the University of Toronto.

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FACULTY AWARD: Landweber receives Human Frontier Science Program grant

Laura Landweber, a Princeton University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is a co-recipient of one of only 24 Program Grants awarded worldwide by the Human Frontier Science Program, an international organization that supports new research in complex biological systems.

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FACULTY HONOR: Muldoon awarded Freedom of the City of London

Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and chair of the Fund for Irish Studies, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his outstanding contribution to poetry. He was nominated by The Honourable Irish Society, which commissioned Muldoon to write a cantata to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the society in 2013. Muldoon will receive the award, which is believed to have begun in 1237, at Guildhall, London, on March 17.

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FACULTY AWARD: Austin receives APS' 2014 Max Delbruck Prize

Robert Austin, a Princeton University professor of physics, was awarded the 2014 Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics from the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of work that has "uncovered both new physics and revolutionized the laboratory practice of biology."

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FACULTY AWARD: Bernevig receives 2014 Sackler International Prize in Physics

Bogdan Bernevig, the Eugene and Mary Wigner Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics and an assistant professor of physics, was named one of three laureates of the 2014 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Physics.

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