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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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FACULTY HONOR: Five faculty members receive theater awards, nominations

Five faculty members in the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater have recently been nominated for or received major awards: Jane Cox, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts; John Doyle, visiting lecturer with the rank of professor in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts; Riccardo Hernandez, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts; Anita Yavich, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts; and Anne Washburn, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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Ralph Freedman, literary theorist and 'genuine mentor,' dies at 96

Ralph Freedman, professor of comparative literature, emeritus, at Princeton University, died May 5 of natural causes at his home in Decatur, Georgia. He was 96.

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FACULTY HONOR: Three faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

Three Princeton University faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research: Roberto Car, the Ralph W. *31 Dornte Professor in Chemistry and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials; Igor Klebanov, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and associate director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science; and Stanislas Leibler, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and a Princeton visiting lecturer with the rank of professor in physics.

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RESEARCH HONOR: Grek, Reinfurt awarded Rome Prize in arts and humanities

Leon Grek, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, received the Paul Mellon/Frank Brown Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. David Reinfurt, a lecturer in visual arts and the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been awarded the Mark Hampton Rome Prize for design. John Lansdowne, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art and Archaeology, is in his second year with the honor of the Marian and Andrew Heiskell/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize for Medieval Studies.

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FACULTY HONOR: Kolemen receives DOE early career research grant

Egemen Kolemen, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, was among 49 scientists nationwide to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Early Career Research program. 

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FACULTY HONOR: Draine, Turner join board of Breakthrough Starshot

Princeton University professors of astrophysical sciences Bruce Draine and Edwin Turner have been named to the management and advisory committee of Breakthrough Starshot, a new $100 million endeavor to develop a proof-of-concept for unmanned nanocrafts capable of deep-space travel at speeds nearing that of light.

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FACULTY HONOR: James named International Monetary Fund historian

Harold James, the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, professor of history and international affairs, and director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, has been selected as one of the two new historians at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He and Atish (Rex) Ghosh from the IMF will begin their new roles May 2. James will retain his normal roles at Princeton. Ghosh was an assistant professor of economics and international affairs from 1989 to 1996.

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FACULTY HONOR: Kang named Komen Scholar for breast cancer research

Yibin Kang, Princeton University's Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology, is among 16 researchers to be named Komen Scholars by Susan G. Komen, the world's leading breast cancer organization. Komen Scholars are chosen for their knowledge and leadership within the scientific, research and advocacy communities, and for their own contributions to breast cancer research.

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AWARD: Four win Guggenheim Fellowships

Two Princeton faculty members and one visiting lecturer have received 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships: Daniel Garber, the Stuart Professor of Philosophy, for "How Philosophy Became Modern in the 17th Century"; Juri Seo, assistant professor of music, for music composition; Raphael Xavier, visiting lecturer in dance and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for choreography; and Robert Spoo, who received his Ph.D. in English in 1986.

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FACULTY AWARD: Homes receives Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award

A.M. Homes, a lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been awarded the 31st Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. With this award, Guild Hall, the Hamptons’ major visual and performing arts center, honors both summer and year-round East End residents (Long Island, New York), who have demonstrated excellence in the visual, literary and performing arts. The award was presented to Homes at The Rainbow Room in New York City on March 8.

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