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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Faculty adopts statement affirming commitment to freedom of expression at Princeton

The Princeton faculty adopted a statement Monday, April 6, affirming the University's commitment to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression as essential to the University's educational mission.

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FACULTY HONOR: Tienda elected to National Academy of Education

Marta Tienda, the Maurice P. During Professor of Demographic Studies, a professor of sociology and public affairs, and director of the Program in Latino Studies, has been elected to the National Academy of Education for her outstanding scholarship related to education. The selection of 16 new members was announced Thursday, March 19.

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FACULTY AWARD: Grossman receives Onassis Prize for International Trade

Gene Grossman, the Jacob Viner Professor of International Economics and a professor of economics and international affairs, has been awarded the 2015 Onassis Prize for International Trade in recognition of his contributions to strategic trade policy, environmental economics and the economics of offshoring. The prize, which comes with a $200,000 award, was announced Friday, March 20, in London.

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FACULTY HONOR: Wood elected to National Academy of Engineering for water cycle research

Eric Wood, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest career honors for engineers. He was recognized by the academy "for development of land surface models and use of remote sensing for hydrologic modeling and prediction." He is among 67 new members and 12 foreign members elected to the academy this year; election reflects significant contribution to engineering research, practice or education.

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Tank receives Brain Prize for advance in microscopy

David Tank, the Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology at Princeton, has been named one of four winners of the Brain Prize, an honor that recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to brain research.

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FACULTY AWARD: Five Princeton faculty named 2015 Sloan Fellows

Five Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2015 Sloan Research Fellows. Awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the $50,000 fellowships recognize promising early-career scientists who have been nominated by their colleagues. The new fellows from Princeton are: Sébastien Bubeck, an assistant professor of operations research and financial engineering; Oleg Itskhoki, an assistant professor of of economics and international affairs; Greg Kaplan, an assistant professor of economics; Corina Tarnita, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; and Vlad Vicol, an assistant professor of mathematics.

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RESEARCH AWARD: NSF renews funds for Princeton Center for Complex Materials

Princeton University was one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive a total of $56 million in funds from the National Science Foundation to support Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs). The award renews the NSF's existing support for the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) through October 2020, and includes $6.39 million for at least the first two years.

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FACULTY HONOR: Brown, Portelli awarded Dan David Prize for 'Retrieving the Past'

Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus and senior historian, and Alessandro Portelli, a lecturer in sociology, have been awarded the 2015 Dan David Prize, which recognizes achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact. Brown, recognized for reshaping our understanding of social and cultural change, and Portelli, honored for challenging the way we understand recording the past, will be awarded the $1 million prize in the category of "Retrieving the Past: Historians and Their Sources" at a ceremony May 17 at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

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FACULTY AWARD: Sondhi receives Humboldt Research Award

Shivaji Sondhi, a Princeton University professor of physics, has received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, which recognizes researchers who have had, and are expected to continue having, a significant impact on their discipline. The award allows Sondhi, whose research focuses largely on quantum condensed matter, to spend up to one year collaborating with researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually, and the award is valued at 60,000 euros.

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FACULTY AWARD: Spergel receives Dannie Heineman Prize for work in understanding universe

David Spergel, Princeton University's Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, has received one of the top prizes in astronomy for his breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe. The American Astronomical Society and the American Institute of Physics presented Spergel and co-winner Marc Kamionkowski, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, with the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize, which honors oustanding mid-career scientists and carries a cash prize of $10,000. Spergel and Kamionkowski were recognized for their "outstanding contributions to the investigation of the fluctuations of the cosmic microwave background that have led to major breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe."

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