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Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

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FACULTY HONOR: Tarnita named ESA Early Career Fellow

Corina Tarnita, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a Princeton Environmental Institute associated faculty member, was among seven researchers nationwide to be named an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Fellows will be honored during an awards ceremony in August.

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FACULTY AWARD: Spergel receives NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

David Spergel, Princeton University's Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and professor of astrophysical sciences, has received NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal for service on various NASA panels, including the NASA Advisory Council. The medal is awarded to any non-government individual for important contributions to NASA projects, programs or initiatives.

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Prentice to succeed Lee as Princeton provost

Dean of the Faculty Deborah Prentice will take office as Princeton University's provost on July 1, succeeding Provost David Lee. Lee has decided to return to full-time teaching and research after serving since 2013 as the University's second-ranking officer.

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FACULTY AWARD: Philander receives Vetlesen Prize for unraveling El Niño's effects

S. George Philander, Princeton University's Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences, will share the 2017 Vetlesen Prize for his work in uncovering the global scale of El Niño, the world's most powerful weather cycle. Established in 1959, the biennial prize is presented by Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and includes a $250,000 prize.

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FACULTY AWARD: Chirik awarded 2017 ACS Catalysis lectureship

Paul Chirik, Princeton University's Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded the 2017 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science by the American Chemical Society. Chirik is being recognized for his contributions to catalytic chemistry in the last decade.

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FACULTY AWARD: Fefferman shares 2017 Wolf Prize in Mathematics

Charles Fefferman, Princeton University's Herbert E. Jones, Jr. '43 University Professor of Mathematics, will share the 2017 Wolf Prize in Mathematics awarded by the Wolf Foundation in Israel. Fefferman was honored for his "major contributions to several fields, including several complex variables, partial differential equations and subelliptic problems." Bestowed annually since 1978, the Wolf Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics. Fefferman, who shares the prize with Richard Schoen of Stanford University, is one of numerous Princeton faculty and alumni to receive the prize.

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RESEARCH AWARD: Three Princeton faculty members awarded NEH grants

Three Princeton faculty members have received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Amy Borovoy, associate professor of East Asian studies, received a $33,600 grant under the Fellowships for Advanced Research on Japan for the project "Organ Donation and Medical Practices in Modern Japanese Culture." Lara Harb, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies, received a $50,400 grant under the Fellowships for University Teachers for the project "The Concept of Imitation in Classical Arabic Literature." Anna Shields, professor of East Asian studies, received a $33,600 grant under the Fellowships for University Teachers for the project "Construction of the Tang Dynasty Literary Legacy by Scholars in the Five Dynasties and Northern Song." The NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.

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FACULTY AWARD: Okeke-Agulu wins Herskovits Award from African Studies Association

Chika Okeke-Agulu, associate professor of art and archaeology and African American studies, has been awarded the Melville J. Herskovits Award from the African Studies Association (ASA) for his book "Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in 20th-Century Nigeria" (Duke University Press, 2015). The award is given to the author of the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English during the preceding year. The ASA, established in 1952, encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa's political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific and environmental landscape. Okeke-Agulu accepted the award on Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C.

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FACULTY AWARD: Giombi and Pretorius receive New Horizons in Physics Prizes

Princeton University faculty members Simone Giombi, an assistant professor of physics, and Frans Pretorius, a professor of physics, have each received a 2017 New Horizons in Physics Prize. The prize, which includes a $100,000 award, recognizes early-career researchers who have already produced important work in fundamental physics.

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FACULTY HONOR: Groth, Kang and Wood named AAAS Fellows

Three Princeton University faculty members have been named 2016 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for thier scientifically or socially distinguished work. Recognized from Princeton were Edward Groth, professor of physics, emeritus; Yibin Kang, the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology; and Eric Wood, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. New fellows will be recognized during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston in February.

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