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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
 

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Clarence Brown, pioneer in modern Russian literature and translation, dies

Clarence Brown, professor of comparative literature, emeritus, at Princeton University, died in his sleep July 18 after a long illness in Seattle, where he moved after retiring in 1999. He was 86.

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FACULTY AWARD: Skinner named Simons Investigator in Mathematics

Christopher Skinner, Princeton University professor of mathematics, has been named a 2015 Simons Investigator in Mathematics by the New York-based Simons Foundation. Skinner, who works in number theory and arithmetic geometry, was recognized for a "striking" proof that "a positive proportion of elliptic curves defined over the rational numbers satisfy the Birch–Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture."

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FACULTY HONOR: George elected chairman of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, has been elected chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). George was ...

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FACULTY AWARD: McBride named 2015 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

Carolyn "Lindy" McBride, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was among 22 researchers nationwide to be selected as a 2015 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts. McBride's work explores the molecules and neural circuits that cause disease-carrying mosquitoes to prefer biting humans over other animals.

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FACULTY AWARD: Storey receives Mortimer Spiegelman Award for health statisticians under 40

John Storey, the William R. Harman '63 and Mary-Love Harman Professor in Genomics and professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been awarded the 2015 Mortimer Spiegelman Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA). The award was created in 1970 to honor a statistician 40 years or younger who has made outstanding contributions to health statistics, especially public health statistics. The award's intent is to encourage talented young statisticians to become involved in public health. Storey, who also is director of Princeton's Center for Statistics and Machine Learning, will receive the award at the 2015 APHA annual meeting in November.

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FACULTY HONOR: Three elected to American Philosophical Society

Three Princeton faculty members have been elected to the American Philosophical Society. They were among 34 humanists, scientists, social scientists and leaders in civic and cultural affairs selected this year for their extraordinary intellectual accomplishments and leadership.

Among those elected this spring are the following Princeton faculty members: John Fleming, the Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus; Martin Kern, the Greg '('84) and Joanna (P13) Zeluck Professor in Asian Studies; and Thomas Shenk, the James A. Elkins Jr. Professor in the Life Sciences.  

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RESEARCH AWARD: Delgado-Aparicio wins Office of Science Early Career Research Program award

Physicist Luis Delgado-Aparicio of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, has won a highly competitive Early Career Research award sponsored by the DOE's Office of Science. The five-year grant of $2.6 million will fund Delgado-Aparicio's research aimed at eliminating a key barrier to developing fusion power as a safe, clean and abundant source of electric energy.

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FACULTY HONOR: Pringle named ESA Early Career Fellow for contributions to ecology

Robert Pringle, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was named one of nine Early Career Fellows nationwide by the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Fellows are elected by ESA members, and the five-year fellowships recognize early-career researchers for their contributions and potential contributions to ecology.

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FACULTY HONOR: Weiss named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Max Weiss, an associate professor of history and Near Eastern studies, has been named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Each of the 32 scholars in the social sciences and humanities will receive up to $200,000 to support research and writing. Weiss specializes in the social, cultural and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include transformations of law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into English.

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FACULTY HONOR: Three Princeton professors inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Three Princeton University professors were among 197 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The inductees from Princeton are: Sanjeev Arora, the Charles C. Fitzmorris Professor in Computer Science; Martin Gilens, professor of politics; and Ali Yazdani, professor of physics. Founded in 1780, the academy is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious learned societies. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on Oct. 10 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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