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Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

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FACULTY AWARD: Ostriker, Page receive 2015 Gruber Prize in Cosmology

Princeton University researchers Jeremiah Ostriker, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation, Emeritus, and Lyman Page, Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Physics and department chair, are recipients of the 2015 Gruber Prize in Cosmology for their work in reshaping how scientists understand the origin, composition and dynamics of the universe.

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FACULTY NEWS: Clayton Marsh to leave Princeton to become founding head of school in Arkansas

Clayton Marsh, who has been deputy dean of the college since 2011, will leave Princeton University to become the founding head of a new independent school in Bentonville, Arkansas, as of January.

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Yu Xie named director of new Center on Contemporary China at Princeton

Yu Xie, the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Sociology and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), has been named the inaugural director of the Center on Contemporary China at Princeton University.

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FACULTY AWARD: Norman to study sleep and memory with NSF BRAIN Initiative award

Kenneth Norman, a Princeton University professor of psychology, will explore what happens to our memories as we sleep as part of a three-year, $594,000 project supported by the National Science Foundation and related to the federal BRAIN Initiative.

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Princeton part of $12 million project to set up urban water-sustainability research network

Princeton University researchers will join 14 academic institutions and partners nationwide on a $12 million project funded by the National Science Foundation intended to address the challenges that threaten urban water systems in the United States and globally.

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FACULTY AWARD: Moll receives EIB Prize for economic, social research

Benjamin Moll, an assistant professor of economics and international affairs, has been awarded the 2015 European Investment Bank Prize for excellence in economic and social research. Moll received the Young Economist Award in recognition of his work on the economics of inequality and economic growth. The prize will be awarded Nov. 11 in Luxembourg.

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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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