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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Storey to head new Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

Princeton University has established the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. John Storey, a professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been named the center's director.

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FACULTY HONOR: Bassler receives EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award for advancement of women in microbiology

Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, has received the EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award for her contributions to the advancement of women in microbiology. The honor is given by the American Society for Microbiology.

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FACULTY HONOR: Levin elected Lombard Institute foreign member

Simon Levin, Princeton University's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was elected a foreign member of the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere (Lombard Institute Academy of Science and Letters) in Italy. Levin will be presented with a certificate of appointment at an Oct. 2 ceremony in Milan.

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FACULTY AWARD: Klebanov receives Tomassoni Prize for physics

Igor Klebanov, Princeton University's Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics, was awarded the 2014 Caterina Tomassoni and Felice Pietro Chisesi Prize for outstanding achievements in physics. He received the prize during a June 19 ceremony at the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy.

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Harold Kuhn, Princeton mathematician who advanced game theory, dies at 88

Harold Kuhn, a Princeton mathematician who advanced game theory and brought mathematical approaches to economics, died of congestive heart failure in New York City on July 2. He was 88 years old.

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FACULTY AWARD: Petry, Seyedsayamdost named 2014 Pew Scholars

Princeton University faculty members Sabine Petry, an assistant professor of molecular biology, and Mohammad Seyedsayamdost, an assistant professor of chemistry, have been selected as 2014 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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FACULTY AWARD: Yu receives inaugural Tang Prize in Sinology

Ying-shih Yu, the Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies, Emeritus, and professor of East Asian studies and history, emeritus, was awarded the inaugural Tang Prize in Sinology.

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FACULTY AWARD: Korennykh receives early-career award for infectious-disease research

Alexei Korennykh, a Princeton University assistant professor of molecular biology, was selected for a 2014 Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The award provides $500,000 over five years.

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FACULTY AWARD: Chou receives IEEE 2014 Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology

Stephen Chou, Princeton University's Joseph C. Elgin Professor of Engineering, has received the 2014 Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology from the IEEE, the top professional society in electrical engineering. Chou will receive the award in August at the IEEE NANO 2014 conference in Toronto.

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FACULTY AWARD: Witten receives 2014 McKnight Scholar Award for neuroscience

Ilana Witten, an assistant professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, received one of six 2014 McKnight Scholar Awards, which are granted to young scientists with a demonstrated commitment to neuroscience. Witten will receive $225,000 over three years for her project, "Deconstructing Working Memory: Dopamine Neurons and Their Target Circuits." The award is supported by the McKnight Foundation's Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, which supports research designed to one day accurately diagnose, prevent and treat brain diseases.

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