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Saturday, April 22, 2017

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FACULTY AWARD: Eight win Guggenheim Fellowships

Eight Princeton faculty members have received 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships — they are among 173 fellowships from a group of almost 3,000 applicants awarded on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. The recipients are: Mark Beissinger, the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics, for a project that concerns how revolution as a mode of regime-change has evolved globally over the past century; B. Andrei Bernevig, professor of physics, who focuses on quantum condensed matter physics; Linda Colley, the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, for a forthcoming book on how rising levels of conflict after 1750 fostered the worldwide spread of new constitutions; Phil Klay, lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for fiction; Aaron Landsman, visiting associate professor and Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Council of the Humanities, for drama and performance art; Fiona Maazel, lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for fiction; Claudia Rankine, visiting professor of creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for poetry; and Stacy Wolf, professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, for her forthcoming book, "Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S."

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RESEARCH HONOR: Coverdale receives ESA Graduate Student Policy Award

Tyler Coverdale, a graduate student in Princeton University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was one of six graduate students nationwide to receive a Graduate Student Policy Award from The Ecological Society of America. Recipients will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and discuss the importance of federal funding for the biological and ecological sciences.

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FACULTY AWARD: Lisanti named 2017 Cottrell Scholar

Mariangela Lisanti, a Princeton University assistant professor of physics, was among 24 early-career scientists nationwide to be named a 2017 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Lisanti received the $100,000 award for her project, "Confronting the Dark Matter Paradigm: New Approaches for Direct and Indirect Detection."

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FACULTY AWARD: Six Princeton faculty named 2017 Sloan Fellows

Six Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2017 Sloan Research Fellows. Awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the $60,000 fellowships recognize promising early-career scientists who have been nominated by their colleagues. Recipients can use the grants as they wish to further their research.

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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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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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