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Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
 

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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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FACULTY AWARD: Three researchers named Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators

Princeton University researchers Robert Cava, Loren Pfeiffer and Mansour Shayegan are among 12 scientists nationwide to be named Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto, California. The program is part of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) initiative, which has awarded a total of $20.6 million over five years to enable investigators to "dedicate substantial effort to discovery-driven research, such as investigative synthesis of new types of quantum materials." Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry, Pfeiffer, a senior research scholar in electrical engineering, and Shayegan, a professor of electrical engineering, will receive $1.9 million each over the next five years. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Keohane receives APSA's James Madison Award

Robert Keohane, a professor of international affairs and acting faculty chair of the Master in Public Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, received the 2014 James Madison Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA). The award, given once every three years, "recognizes an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science."

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