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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: Carter receives Remsen Award for outstanding achievement in chemistry

Emily Carter, founding director of Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been awarded the 2014 Remsen Award by the American Chemical Society Maryland Section for outstanding achievement in chemistry. Carter is Princeton's Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics. The Remsen Award recognizes her work in pioneering the development of unique tools to study and design materials, most recently for sustainable energy from solar and fuel cells to fusion. The award was established in 1946 to commemorate the career of Ira Remsen, first professor of chemistry and second president of Johns Hopkins University.

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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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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 HONOR: Deaton, Fiske elected to American Philosophical Society

Two Princeton University faculty members and a University alumnus were among 33 new members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation's oldest scholarly organization. Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs, was inducted into the APS' social sciences class. Susan Fiske, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and a professor of public affairs, was also inducted into the social sciences class. Robert Haselkorn, a professor at the University of Chicago and a member of Princeton's Class of 1956, was elected to the biological sciences class. Candidates for APS membership are nominated by existing members and elected for extraordinary accomplishments in their fields.

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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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FACULTY AWARD: Foster named Cullman Center Fellow

Hal Foster, the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917, Professor of Art and Archaeology, and co-director of the Program in Media and Modernity, has been named a 2014-15 Fellow by the New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

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FACULTY HONOR: Poor elected to Royal Society in the United Kingdom

The Royal Society, the United Kingdom's national academy of science, has elected H. Vincent Poor, dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, as a member. The society recognized Poor "for his fundamental contributions to information theory, statistical signal processing and wireless communications." Poor, the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering, was among 10 foreign members named to the society, which annually elects fellows and foreign members from several hundred candidates renowned for contributions to science, engineering and medicine. The fellowship, created in 1660, has included Newton, Darwin and Einstein as members.

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FACULTY AWARD: Stone, Verdú named National Academy of Sciences members

Two Princeton University professors are among the 84 new National Academy of Sciences members announced April 29. The Princeton inductees are Howard Stone, the Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Sergio Verdú, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering.

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FACULTY HONOR: Three faculty receive Berlin Prize Fellowships

Beatriz Colomina, professor of architecture and co-director of the Program in Media and Modernity; Sean Wilentz, the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History; and Adam Ross, the Hodder Fellow in the Program in Creative Writing, are among the 25 recipients of the Berlin Prize Fellowship for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 terms.

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FACULTY AWARD: Two named 2014 Kimmel Scholars for cancer research

Sabine Petry and Alexei Korennykh, both Princeton University assistant professors of molecular biology, have received 2014 Kimmel Scholar Awards from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research. Petry and Korennykh are among only 15 research scientists and medical doctors across the United States selected to receive the two-year, $200,000 grants. The awards are intended to support young scientists involved in promising and innovative cancer research.

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NEWS BRIEF: Graduate student in composition Akiho awarded Rome Prize

Andy Akiho, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Music's Program in Composition and a composer/performer whose interests run from steel pan to percussion to traditional classical music, has been awarded the Luciano Berio Rome Prize.

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FACULTY HONOR: Tilghman elected honorary member of IEEE

Shirley M. Tilghman, president emerita of Princeton University and a professor of molecular biology, has been elected an honorary member of IEEE for her "leadership in bridging quantitative biology and engineering and for advancing higher education." Tilghman will be recognized at the 2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony in Amsterdam on Aug. 23.

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FACULTY AWARD: Seven win Guggenheim Fellowships

Seven Princeton faculty members have received 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships: Mung Chiang, the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, for "Information Engineering for Effective Learning at Massive Scale"; Andrew Cole, associate professor of English, for "The Renaissance of Late Medieval England"; Devin Fore, associate professor of German, for "All the Graphs: Soviet Factography and the Emergence of Avant-Garde Documentary"; Meghan O'Rourke, lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for "What's Wrong with Me: The Uncertainties of Chronic Illness"; Serguei Oushakine, associate professor of anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures, for "Disowned History: Soviet Pasts in the Afterlives of Empire"; Emily Thompson, professor of history, for "Sound Effects: Technicians and the Talkies in the American Film Industry, 1925-1933"; and Claire Watkins, visiting assistant professor of creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for fiction.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three faculty win ACLS fellowships for humanistic research

Three members of the Princeton faculty have been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, which funds humanistic research. They are Devin Fore, associate professor of German; Robert Kaster, professor of classics; and Judith Weisenfeld, professor of religion.

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FACULTY HONOR: Botstein named AACR distinguished lecturer, fellow in recognition of cancer research

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has awarded Princeton University's David Botstein, the Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics, the AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in recognition of his accomplishments in and influence on cancer research. Botstein also was recently elected to the 2014 class of AACR Academy fellows, which is open only to scientists whose work has had a major impact on the field of cancer research.

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FACULTY HONOR: Seyedsayamdost named Searle Scholar

Mohammad Seyedsayamdost, an assistant professor of chemistry, has been named a 2014 Searle Scholar for his innovative research and potential for making significant contributions to chemical and biological research. Seyedsayamdost and 14 others from universities and research institutes in the United States were selected scholars, each of whom will receive $300,000 to support research programs over the next three years.

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Princeton employees honored for dedication and service

Five Princeton University staff members were recognized for their commitment to excellence and exceptional performance during the University's annual Service Recognition Luncheon on March 27 in Jadwin Gymnasium. In addition, two staff members were honored for their leadership potential.

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Levin receives Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Simon Levin, the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, has been awarded the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for bridging ecological research and environmental policy, economics and social science.

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FACULTY AWARD: Landweber receives Human Frontier Science Program grant

Laura Landweber, a Princeton University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is a co-recipient of one of only 24 Program Grants awarded worldwide by the Human Frontier Science Program, an international organization that supports new research in complex biological systems.

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FACULTY HONOR: Muldoon awarded Freedom of the City of London

Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and chair of the Fund for Irish Studies, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his outstanding contribution to poetry. He was nominated by The Honourable Irish Society, which commissioned Muldoon to write a cantata to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the society in 2013. Muldoon will receive the award, which is believed to have begun in 1237, at Guildhall, London, on March 17.

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Islamic history scholar Cook wins Holberg Prize

Michael Cook, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, has been awarded the Holberg Prize, a major international honor established by the Norwegian parliament to recognize outstanding scholarly work in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology.

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FACULTY AWARD: Austin receives APS' 2014 Max Delbruck Prize

Robert Austin, a Princeton University professor of physics, was awarded the 2014 Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics from the American Physical Society (APS) in recognition of work that has "uncovered both new physics and revolutionized the laboratory practice of biology."

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FACULTY AWARD: Bernevig receives 2014 Sackler International Prize in Physics

Bogdan Bernevig, the Eugene and Mary Wigner Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics and an assistant professor of physics, was named one of three laureates of the 2014 Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Physics.

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FACULTY AWARD: Five Princeton faculty named 2014 Sloan Fellows

Five Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2014 Sloan Research Fellows by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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FACULTY HONOR: Rexford and Schapire elected to National Academy of Engineering

Princeton University professors Jennifer Rexford, the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor in Engineering and professor of computer science, and Robert Schapire, the David M. Siegel '83 Professor in Computer Science, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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FACULTY AWARD: Page named APS Fellow

Lyman Page, the Henry De Wolf Smyth Professor of Physics and department chair, was recently named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Page was among 248 new fellows elected for exceptional contributions to physics.

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Kulkarni named dean of Graduate School

Sanjeev Kulkarni, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Keller Center, has been appointed as the next dean of the Princeton University Graduate School, effective March 31.

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FACULTY AWARD: Chan receives NAS Baker Award for Initiatives in Research

Garnet Chan, Princeton University's A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Chemistry, received the 2013 William O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research from the National Academy of Sciences. The award recognizes Chan's pioneering research in the field of numerical simulation of highly correlated quantum systems in chemistry and physics.

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton researchers win supercomputing grants

Four Princeton University-affiliated research projects have been awarded grants through the U.S. Department of Energy's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, program, for projects that promise to accelerate scientific discovery and innovation in critical areas. The grants give the researchers time on two of America's fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science. The researchers are: Emily Carter, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics; Choong-Seock Chang, principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL); William Tang, head of the fusion simulation program at PPPL and a lecturer with the rank of professor in astrophysical sciences; and Jeroen Tromp, Blair Professor of Geology and professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics.

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FACULTY AWARD: Seven Princeton researchers named 2013 APS fellows

Seven Princeton University researchers were named 2013 Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), one of the world's top organizations of physicists. Fellows will be honored during the 2014 APS annual meeting.

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FACULTY AWARD: Mian recognized for work as scientist, peace activist

Zia Mian, a research scientist in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program on Science and Global Security and a lecturer in public and international affairs, has been selected to receive the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award. The award, sponsored by the Oregon State University Libraries and Press, recognizes Mian's accomplishments as a scientist and as a peace activist in contributing to the global effort for nuclear disarmament and for a more peaceful world. As part of the celebration marking Mian's acceptance of the award, he will deliver a public lecture at the Oregon History Society in Portland, Ore., on Monday, April 21, 2014.

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FACULTY HONOR: Davis recognized for her book 'Bad Souls'

Elizabeth Davis, an assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded the fifth annual Gregory Bateson Prize by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for her book "Bad Souls: Madness and Responsibility in Modern Greece." The Bateson Prize is awarded annually at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association.

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FACULTY HONOR: Blinder book recognized by New York Times

"After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead" by Alan S. Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. The book describes a "perfect storm" that led to the 2008 financial meltdown.

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FACULTY AWARD: Watkins receives Dylan Thomas Prize

Claire Vaye Watkins, visiting assistant professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has received the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize for her debut short story collection "Battleborn." The award celebrates the legacy of Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas and is open to any published author in the English language under the age of 30. The £30,000 prize (approximately $46,900) was presented in Thomas' hometown of Swansea, Wales, on Nov. 7.

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FACULTY AWARD: Dolan receives Distinguished Scholar Award for theater research

Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English, professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, has received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society for Theater Research (ASTR). ASTR is a U.S.-based professional organization that fosters scholarship on worldwide theater and performance, both historical and contemporary. The award committee commended Dolan as "someone who has been a visible presence in every aspect of our profession for over 30 years." The award was presented at the ASTR conference in Dallas on Nov. 9.

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FACULTY HONOR: Vanderbei named Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

Robert Vanderbei, a professor of operations research and financial engineering, has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) in recognition of his contributions to linear programming and nonlinear optimization problems. The AMS recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics.

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FACULTY AWARD: Bialek receives Swartz Prize for theoretical and computational neuroscience

William Bialek, the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics and the Lewis Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has received the Society for Neuroscience's Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience. The $25,000 prize recognizes an individual who has produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical models or computational methods in neuroscience. Bialek will be presented the award Nov. 11 during the society's conference in San Diego.

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RESEARCH AWARD: Yartsev receives 2013 Eppendorf and Science Prize

Michael Yartsev, the CV Starr Fellow and an associate research scholar in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, has won the 2013 Eppendorf and Science Prize for Neurobiology for his essay, "Space Bats: Multidimensional Spatial Representation in the Bat." The $25,000 prize honors outstanding contributions to neurobiology research. Yartsev used an unusual animal model, the bat, to study the underlying neural mechanisms of spatial memory and navigation in the mammalian brain. His approach allowed for both a comparative examination of current hypotheses as well as insight into long-standing questions in the field. His work also underscores the potential benefits of using new animal models in neuroscience. Yartsev will receive the prize at the 2013 Society of Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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FACULTY HONOR: Currie elected member of National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine

Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and director of the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for Health and Wellbeing, was among 70 new members and 10 foreign associates recently elected to National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. The election, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, was announced Oct. 21 at the National Academy of Sciences' 43rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. New members include individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

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FACULTY HONOR: Goldberg named fellow of Linguistic Society of America

Adele Goldberg, a professor of linguistics in the Council of the Humanities, has been named a fellow of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) in recognition of her distinguished contributions to the field of linguistics. Goldberg, along with seven other eminent linguistics scholars selected for the Class of 2014, will be inducted at the LSA annual meeting in Minneapolis in January.

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FACULTY AWARD: Johnson to receive Gauss Award for book on Jane Austen

Claudia Johnson, the Murray Professor of English Literature, has been selected to receive the 2013 Christian Gauss Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society for her book "Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures" (2012, University of Chicago Press). The award, given for a distinguished work of literary scholarship and criticism, is accompanied by a $10,000 prize, and will be presented Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C. The award was established in 1950 in honor of Christian Gauss, a former dean of the college and professor of Romance languages and literature at Princeton, who retired in 1946 after a 41-year career at the University. His papers are housed at Firestone Library.

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FACULTY AWARD: Fiedler receives 2013 NIH New Innovator Award

Dorothea Fiedler, a Princeton University assistant professor of chemistry, received a 2013 New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue her work in cancer metastasis. Fiedler's project, "Understanding phosphate metabolism in cancer and metastasis," was one of 78 "highly innovative" biomedical projects nationwide funded in 2013 as part of the NIH's High Risk-High Reward program.

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FACULTY HONOR: Shin named to role at Bank for International Settlements

Hyun Song Shin, Princeton's Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics, has been named economic adviser and head of research at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). In his role, Shin will be a member of the executive committee of the BIS, which serves as a bank for central banks and works to foster international cooperation in the pursuit of monetary and fiscal stability. Shin, who will take a leave from Princeton, begins work at the BIS on May 1, 2014.

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FACULTY HONOR: Floudas named faculty fellow of Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study

Christodoulos Floudas, the Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named one of nine faculty fellows of the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study for the 2013-14 academic year. Texas A&M created the institute in 2012 with the mission of bringing renowned scholars to the university's College Station campus for extended visits to interact with faculty and students. Floudas, a professor of chemical and biological engineering, will spend a portion of his spring 2014 sabbatical leave at the Texas institute. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Floudas specializes in rigorous mathematical optimization techniques and their application to a wide range of problems, from the analysis and design of biological molecules to the optimum planning of the nation's energy infrastructure.

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FACULTY HONOR: Allais and Lins named Radcliffe Institute fellows

Lucia Allais, an assistant professor of architecture, and Pamela Lins, a lecturer in visual arts and the Lewis Center for the Arts, are among the 50 artists and scholars named as fellows at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for the 2013-14 academic year.

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FACULTY AWARD: Peebles awarded 2013 Dirac Medal for work in theoretical physics

P. James Peebles, Princeton University's Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Emeritus, and professor of physics, emeritus, was among three researchers to share the 2013 Dirac Medal presented by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

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AWARD: Two Princeton postdocs receive 2013 L'Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science

Two Princeton University postdoctoral researchers are recipients of 2013 L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science. Awarded by L'Oréal USA, the fellows program each year recognizes five outstanding U.S.-based women researchers at the start of their careers.

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AWARD: Hsiang honored for finding social solutions in Earth science

Solomon Hsiang, a recent postdoctoral research associate in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, received the Science for Solutions Award from the American Geophysical Union, the largest Earth-science professional society. The $1,000-award recognizes a student or postdoctoral researcher who has made significant contributions in using Earth and space sciences to solve societal problems. Hsiang, who is now an assistant professor at the University of California-Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, has studied the role of climate on conflict, economies and other aspects of society.

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Callahan retires after more than three decades as Princeton men's squash coach

Bob Callahan, inducted into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame last year for his contributions to the game as a Princeton player and as the University's men's squash coach, retired from coaching this month.

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FACULTY HONOR: George to lead religious freedom commission

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and a professor of politics, was elected Tuesday as chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. George was appointed to the commission in 2012 by Speaker of the House John Boehner. The commission is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that is dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.

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FACULTY HONOR: Pettit, Crone recognized by British Academy

Philip Pettit, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, and Patricia Crone, a visiting lecturer with the rank of professor in Near Eastern Studies, have been named corresponding fellows of the British Academy. The British Academy is an independent fellowship of leading academics that supports excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Corresponding fellows are elected in recognition of their international distinction as scholars.

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FACULTY AWARD: Meira Monteiro to receive book prize

Pedro Meira Monteiro, a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, has been selected to receive the essay, literary criticism and history prize for his book "Mário de Andrade e Sérgio Buarque de Holanda: Correspondência" from the Brazilian Academy of Letters. The award, which is accompanied by a $25,000 prize, will be presented in Rio de Janeiro on July 18.

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FACULTY HONOR: Wuthnow elected member of the American Philosophical Society

Princeton professor Robert Wuthnow was among 34 new members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society, the nation's oldest scholarly organization. Wuthnow, the Gerhard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Social Sciences and a professor of sociology, was inducted into the society's social sciences class. Lewis Lockwood, who earned his Ph.D. in music from Princeton in 1960, was inducted into the humanities class. Lockwood is the Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Emeritus at Harvard University. Candidates for APS membership are nominated by existing members and elected for extraordinary accomplishments in their fields.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton researchers receive Blavatnik honors

Two Princeton University professors were among five faculty to receive a 2013 Regional Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, which recognizes outstanding work in mathematics, engineering and the life and physical sciences by researchers under the age of 42 working in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. David Blei, an associate professor of computer science, and Frans Pretorius, a professor of physics, were recognized for their work in computer science and astrophysics, respectively. In addition, postdoctoral research Mariangela Lisanti, in the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, was named a postdoctoral finalist for her work in nuclear and particle physics. The award is supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and presented by the New York Academy of Sciences.

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FACULTY AWARD: Botstein shares 2013 Warren Alpert Prize for genome research

David Botstein, Princeton University's Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, is a recipient of the 2013 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize in recognition for his work that helped establish a framework for the Human Genome Project. Botstein shares the $250,000 prize with Stanford University School of Medicine faculty members Ronald Davis and David Hogness. In 1980, Botstein and Davis published a conceptual breakthrough that gave researchers the tools to trace and map out the genetic inheritance of disease in humans. Hogness' work provided the means of identifying the precise physical location of genes of interest on chromosomes. The recipients will be honored at a symposium on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Harvard Medical School.

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FACULTY HONOR: Ostriker named White House Champion of Change

Jeremiah Ostriker, Princeton University's Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation, Emeritus, is among 13 people to be honored at the White House June 20 as a Champion of Change, which recognizes those who use open scientific data to promote scientific and social progress. Ostriker will be recognized for his research and influence in theoretical astronomy, particularly the aspects of interstellar medium, galaxies, quasars and cosmology that can be approached best by large-scale numerical calculations. Ostriker was among the first to show the prevalence of dark matter in the universe and to explain its role in the universe's expansion. He also helped initiate the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which openly provided an enormous and diverse amount of astronomical data to the scientific community. The honoring ceremony can be viewed live on the White House website at 1 p.m. June 20.

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FACULTY HONOR: Bassler elected associate member of European Molecular Biology Organization

Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University's Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, was among 52 life-sciences researchers elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Bassler and nine other researchers from outside Europe were named associate members of EMBO, which works to encourage promising researchers and foster a supportive, cooperative research environment in Europe. EMBO members provide suggestions and feedback on the organization's activities and help mentor young scientists.

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton's Witten named 2013 Pew Scholar

Ilana Witten, a Princeton University assistant professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, was named a 2013 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences for her ongoing work to identify the neural mechanisms behind working memory.

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FACULTY AWARD: Homes receives Women's Fiction Prize

A.M. Homes, a lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been awarded the Women's Fiction Prize for her novel "May We Be Forgiven." The prize, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, is given annually to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman. The award, which is accompanied by a £30,000 prize [around $46,600], was presented to Homes in London on June 5.

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Four faculty members honored for excellence in mentoring graduate students

Four Princeton University faculty members have been named recipients of the Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and will be honored during the Graduate School's Hooding ceremony Monday, June 3, on Cannon Green.

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FACULTY HONOR: Tilghman named president-elect of American Society for Cell Biology

Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman has been elected by the American Society for Cell Biology to serve as the society's president in 2015. A member of the society since 1991, Tilghman received the Women in Cell Biology Senior Award in 2000. She will take office as president for a term of one year in January 2015.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton faculty members elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Three Princeton University faculty members are among the 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences. They are Manjul Bhargava, the Brandon Fradd, Class of 1983, Professor of Mathematics; Susan Fiske, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, and professor of psychology and public affairs; and Juan Maldacena, a visiting lecturer with the rank of professor in physics.

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FACULTY AWARD: Eight named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Eight Princeton faculty members have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among 198 leaders in scholarship, business, science, the arts and public affairs elected this year in recognition of their contributions to their specific fields.

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Schmidt fund awards to advance innovations in drug therapy and search for planets

Two Princeton University research projects — a new tool for visualizing drug therapy in the brain and a method for aiding the search for planets outside our solar system — have been selected to receive grants from Princeton's Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three win Guggenheim Fellowships

Three Princeton faculty members have received 2013 Guggenheim Fellowships: D. Graham Burnett, professor of history, for his project "Minding the Eye"; Deana Lawson, lecturer in visual arts and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for a project photographing people in their everyday environments; and Colson Whitehead, lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for fiction.

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FACULTY HONOR: Vanmarcke named 2013 Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Erik Vanmarcke, a Princeton University professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named a 2013 Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an honor that puts him among the most prominent civil engineering professionals and educators in American history.

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FACULTY AWARD: Devenport named Searle Scholar

Danelle Devenport, an assistant professor of molecular biology, has been named a 2013 Searle Scholar for her innovative research and her potential for making significant contributions to the biomedical sciences. Devenport and 14 others from universities and research institutes in the United States were selected for their exceptional promise in the fields of chemistry and biomedical sciences. Each Searle scholar will receive $300,000 to support research programs over the next three years.

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Princeton's Polyakov wins 2013 Fundamental Physics Prize

Alexander Polyakov, Princeton University's Joseph Henry Professor of Physics, was honored with the 2013 Fundamental Physics Prize for his lasting work in field and string theory. The $3 million prize was presented during a March 20 ceremony in Geneva by the Fundamental Physics Foundation.

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FACULTY AWARD: Darley receives lifetime achievement award in psychology

John Darley, the Dorman T. Warren Professor of Psychology and a professor of psychology and public affairs, has been chosen to receive the William James Lifetime Achievement Award for Basic Research, presented by the Association for Psychological Science in honor of its 25th anniversary. Darley is among 25 distinguished scientists being honored with lifetime achievement awards this year. The award is the association's highest honor, recognizing a lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology.

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FACULTY AWARD: Gammie recognized for engaging underrepresented minorities in microbiology

Alison Gammie, senior lecturer in Princeton University's Department of Molecular Biology, received the 2013 William A. Hinton Research Training Award from the American Society for Microbiology for her ongoing work to engage underrepresented minority students in microbiology and basic research.

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FACULTY AWARD: McLanahan to receive Schelling Award

Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, has been selected to receive the 2013 Thomas C. Schelling Award from Harvard University. The award is bestowed annually to an individual "whose remarkable intellectual work has had a transformative impact on public policy." The award, which is accompanied by a $25,000 prize, will be presented May 2.

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FACULTY AWARD: Biehl to receive Staley Prize for book

João Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology, has been selected to receive the 2013 J.I. Staley Prize for his book "Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment." The prize is given annually by the School for Advanced Research for a book that represents the best writing and scholarship in anthropology. The Staley Prize panel called the work "a landmark of anthropological writing, humanizing in the most literal sense." Biehl, who also co-directs the Program in Global Health and Health Policy, will receive the prize, which is accompanied by a $10,000 award, on Nov. 21 at the meetings of American Anthropological Association in Chicago.

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FACULTY AWARD: Five Princeton faculty named 2013 Sloan Fellows

Five Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2013 Sloan Research Fellows by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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FACULTY AWARD: Botstein among 11 recipients of inaugural $3 million prize

David Botstein, Princeton University's Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics and molecular biology and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, was among 11 recipients of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

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FACULTY AWARD: Schoene receives 2013 F.W. Clarke Award for geochemistry

Princeton University assistant professor of geosciences Blair Schoene received the 2013 F.W. Clarke Award from the Geochemical Society. Presented since 1972, the award recognizes early-career scientists who make an outstanding contribution to geochemistry through research on a single topic.

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton's Felten elected to National Academy of Engineering

Edward Felten, a Princeton University professor of computer science and public affairs, was among 69 researchers nationwide elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Felten, who also directs the University's Center of Information Technology Policy and its Program in Information Technology and Society, was recognized for his contributions to computer-system security, and for his impact on public policy.

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FACULTY AWARD: Two Princeton professors honored by National Academy of Sciences for outstanding research

Princeton University professors Asif Ghazanfar and Edward Taylor were among 18 researchers nationwide recognized by the National Academy of Sciences in 2013 for their achievement in the physical, biological and social sciences.

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FACULTY AWARD: Sinai, Holmes receive AMS Steele prizes

Princeton University professors Yakov Sinai and Philip Holmes were honored by the American Mathematical Society for their contributions to mathematics.

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FACULTY HONOR: Nordenson named to commission for New York emergency preparedness by Gov. Cuomo

Guy Nordenson, a professor of architecture at Princeton and partner of Guy Nordenson and Associates, has been named by Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo to the NYS 2100 Commission, which is tasked with finding ways to improve the resilience and strength of the state's infrastructure in the face of natural disasters and other emergencies. Nordenson, who has been active in earthquake engineering, was the structural engineer for many buildings, including the Museum of Modern Art expansion and the New Museum in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, and the Santa Fe Opera House. The commission is one of three announced by Gov. Cuomo to improve New York's emergency response, preparedness and infrastructure to withstand natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy.

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Princeton senior Cunningham awarded Mitchell Scholarship

Princeton University senior Flannery Cunningham has been named a George J. Mitchell Scholar to spend a year studying music composition at University College Cork in Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarships were awarded to 12 students nationwide by the Washington D.C.-based U.S.-Ireland Alliance.

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FACULTY AWARD: Nineteen Princeton professors named inaugural AMS Fellows

The American Mathematical Society selected 19 Princeton professors to be among its inaugural class of Fellows. The class includes 1,119 researchers from more than 600 institutions.

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FACULTY AWARD: Llinás receives Gates Foundation grant

Manuel Llinás, a Princeton University associate professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, received a Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to seek more effective malaria drugs.

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FACULTY AWARD: Bakos receives 2012 Packard Fellowship to film night sky

Gáspár Bakos, a Princeton University assistant professor of astrophysical sciences, was one of 16 researchers nationwide to receive a 2012 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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FACULTY AWARD: Hopfield honored for contributions to computational neuroscience

John Hopfield, Princeton University's Howard A. Prior Professor in the Life Sciences and professor of molecular biology Emeritus, received the Society for Neuroscience's Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience for his contributions to the field of computational neuroscience.

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Two millennia of poetry, 'making a statement' in the 21st century

Eleven Princeton professors — among hundreds of contributors from all over the world — wrote entries for Princeton University Press' new edition of "The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics" — only the fourth revision in more than four decades. "The new edition is considered a singular event in the humanities. it represents a statement of where the fields of poetry and literature are in the 21st century," said Peter Dougherty, director of Princeton University Press.  

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FACULTY AWARD: Chang elected to national academy of Taiwan

Sun-Yung Alice Chang, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics and chair of Princeton's Department of Mathematics, was among 20 researchers elected to the Academia Sinica, the national academy of Taiwan, during the organization's biennial convocation in July.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton researchers named 2012 ACS Fellows

Princeton University professors Emily Carter, Richard Register and Edward Taylor Jr. were among 96 researchers nationwide selected by the American Chemical Society as 2012 ACS Fellows.

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Blei, Freedman receive presidential science awards

David Blei and Michael Freedman, two Princeton University computer scientists, have received the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton researchers among recipients of 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize

Several Princeton University researchers are among those honored with the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize for the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite project, which has become the basis for understanding the origin, age and content of the universe. Four of the 26 team members sharing the Gruber prize are currently at Princeton, while an additional 14 WMAP researchers worked on the project as graduate or postdoctoral students at the University.

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FACULTY AWARD: Singer receives Australia's highest civic honor

Peter Singer, the Decamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, has been awarded Australia's highest civic honor. He was appointed Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia "for eminent service to philosophy and bioethics as a leader of public debate and communicator of ideas in the areas of global poverty, animal welfare and the human condition."

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton's Bernevig receives 2012 Blavatnik Award

Bogdan Bernevig, the Eugene and Mary Wigner Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics in Princeton's Department of Physics, is among 11 researchers nationwide to receive a 2012 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists from the New York Academy of Sciences.

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Four faculty members honored for excellence in mentoring graduate students

Four Princeton University faculty members have been named recipients of the Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and will be honored during the Graduate School's hooding ceremony Monday, June 4, on Cannon Green.

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Oates and Pagels receive Behrman Award

Princeton professors Joyce Carol Oates and Elaine Pagels have received the University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.

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FACULTY AWARD: Four Princeton faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

Four Princeton University faculty members are among the 84 new members recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences for noted and ongoing achievement in original research: William Bialek; Pablo Debenedetti; John Groves; and Nai Phuan Ong.

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New Global Collaborative Networks projects selected

Princeton University's Council for International Teaching and Research has selected four faculty proposals to receive funding for the creation of global network initiatives.

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Toni Morrison receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Toni Morrison, the renowned author and the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Princeton University, was named by President Barack Obama a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton faculty elected members of the American Philosophical Society

Princeton University faculty members Bonnie Bassler, Brent Shaw and Christopher Sims were among 35 new members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation's oldest scholarly organization.

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FACULTY AWARD: MacMillan, Bassler among 2012 Royal Society fellows

Princeton University professors David MacMillan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and chair of the department, and Bonnie Bassler, Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, were among the noted scientists elected as fellows of the Royal Society in 2012.

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FACULTY AWARD: Eight named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Eight Princeton faculty members have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among 220 leaders in scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs elected this year in recognition of their contributions to their respective fields.

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FACULTY AWARD: Four win Guggenheim Fellowships

Four Princeton faculty members have received 2012 Guggenheim Fellowships: Eve Aschheim, senior lecturer in visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts; Laura Landweber, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, for the project "RNA-mediated Epigenetic Inheritance and the Origin of Genetic Systems"; Melissa Lane, professor of politics, for the project "The Rule of Knowledge: Platonic Psychology and Politics"; and Eldar Shafir, the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, for the project "The Context and Psychology of Scarcity."

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FACULTY AWARD: Arora wins ACM-Infosys Foundation Award

Sanjeev Arora, Princeton University's Charles C. Fitzmorris Professor in Computer Science, has been awarded the 2011 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for work that brings new understanding to the ability to compute approximate solutions to a famous group of mathematical problems. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. The ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recognizes contributions by scientists and system developers to innovation that exemplifies the greatest recent achievements in computing.

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FACULTY AWARD: Oates wins Blue Met Literary Grand Prize

Joyce Carol Oates, the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor of Humanities and professor of writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has won the Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prize for 2012 that honors a lifetime of literary achievement. The prize is given annually by the Blue Metropolis Foundation and has an award of $10,000. Oates will receive the award in Montreal on April 21, 2012.

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FACULTY HONOR: George appointed to federal commission on religious freedom

Robert George, Princeton University's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and a professor of politics, has been appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. The commission is an independent, bipartisan group that monitors freedom of religion abroad and provides policy recommendations; members are appointed by the president and leaders of both political parties in the Senate and House of Representatives. George was appointed Friday, March 23, by House Speaker John Boehner to serve a two-year term.

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Shelton named Butler College master

Professor of Psychology Nicole Shelton has been named master of Butler College, one of Princeton's six residential colleges. She will begin her four-year term on July 1. 

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Paxson selected to be next president of Brown

Christina Paxson, dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been selected to serve as the next president of Brown University. The Corporation of Brown University voted on her appointment in a special session March 2.

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FACULTY AWARD: Botstein named 2012 Dan David Prize Laureate

David Botstein, Princeton's Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics, professor of moleculary biology and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, was one of six researchers recently named 2012 Dan David Prize Laureates. The $1 million prize recognizes Botstein's important contributions to the understanding and mapping of the human genome. The prize is endowed by the Dan David Foundation and based at Tel Aviv University. It is presented yearly in honor of innovative and interdisciplinary research.

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FACULTY AWARD: Deaton to receive BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Angus Deaton, Princeton's Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and professor of economics and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been selected to receive the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Economics, Finance and Management.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton professors named 2012 Sloan Research Fellows

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected three Princeton University professors as 2012 Sloan Research Fellows: Gaspar Bakos, assistant professor of astrophysical sciences; Abigail Doyle, assistant professor of chemisty; and Benjamin Garcia, assistant professor of molecular biology.

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Appiah awarded National Humanities Medal

Princeton University professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, an internationally renowned moral and political philosopher, has been awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

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FACULTY AWARD: Obama to appoint Shafir to financial advisory council

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint Eldar Shafir, Princeton University's William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

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FACULTY AWARD: Harold Shapiro to receive Public Welfare Medal

Harold Shapiro, Princeton University's president emeritus and a professor of economics and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been awarded the National Academy of Sciences' Public Welfare Medal for his efforts to promote public understanding of controversial and complex scientific issues. The medal, to be presented at a ceremony April 30 in Washington, D.C., is awarded annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good and is considered the academy's most prestigious award.

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FACULTY AWARD: Cava receives Humboldt Research Award

Robert Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton, received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

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Klaus appointed vice president for University Services

Chad Klaus, a member of Princeton University's Facilities Organization staff for 11 years, has been named vice president for University Services. The newly created position is part of a realignment of the responsibilities within Facilities and University Services to strengthen the University's capacity to manage its facilities and provide critical services to members of the campus community. Klaus' appointment is effective Jan. 5.

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FACULTY AWARD: Bhargava, Rodnianski receive 2011 Fermat Prize for mathematical research

The Toulouse Mathematics Institute has awarded the 2011 Fermat Prize for mathematical research to Manjul Bhargava, Princeton professor of mathematics and mathematical physics, and mathematics professor Igor Rodnianski.

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FACULTY AWARD: Six professors named 2011 AAAS fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has selected six Princeton professors as fellows for 2011: Bryan Grenfell from ecology and evolutionary biology; John Storey and Ned Wingreen in molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics; and Pablo Debenedetti, William Russel and Alexander Smits from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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FACULTY AWARD: Mackey receives two Grammy nominations

Steven Mackey, a Princeton professor of music, has received Grammy Award nominations for both composition and guitar performance in an ensemble. Mackey is nominated for Best Small Ensemble Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition awards for the 2011 recording "Lonely Motel: Music from 'Slide,'" a cycle of 11 Mackey compositions recorded in collaboration with singer Rinde Eckert and new–music sextet Eighth Blackbird. The Grammy Awards are presented by the Recording Academy and will be announced Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, and aired live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m.

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Downs named director of Facilities Finance and Administrative Services

Timothy Downs has been appointed director of Facilities Finance and Administrative Services in Princeton University's Facilities Organization. His appointment was effective Nov. 1.

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STAFF AWARD: Needham wins Bibliographical Society gold award

Paul Needham, librarian of the Scheide Library, Princeton, was awarded the Gold Medal of the Bibliographical Society at its meeting in London on Nov. 15. Founded in 1892, the Bibliographical Society is the senior learned society dealing with the study of the book and its history. From time to time, the society awards a Gold Medal for distinguished services to bibliography to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the subject and the furtherance of the society's aims. Needham's award is the 40th made since the Medal Fund was established in 1929. Of these 40, Needham is the sixth American to receive the medal.

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FACULTY AWARD: Kahneman receives Talcott Parsons Prize

Daniel Kahneman — the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, emeritus; a professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs; and a senior scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs — has been awarded the Talcott Parsons Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his pioneering research in behavioral economics. The award, presented at a ceremony Nov. 9 in Cambridge, Mass., honors outstanding contributions to the social sciences.

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FACULTY AWARD: Bassler to receive L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

Princeton University professor Bonnie Bassler was among five scientists worldwide selected to receive the 2012 For Women in Science Award presented by UNESCO and cosmetics company L'Oréal. The award, now in its 14th year, recognizes women whose work...

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Obama to nominate Princeton's Bassler for National Science Board

President Barack Obama will nominate Princeton University molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler to serve as a member of the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, the major source of federal funding for scientific research.

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Princeton's Sims wins Nobel in economics with visiting professor Sargent

A 40-year path of friendly arguments and groundbreaking studies of how governments weigh policies to deal with economic troubles has led a pair of prominent economists to share the 2011 Nobel Prize in their field. Princeton University professor Christopher Sims was honored along with Thomas Sargent, a New York University economist and visiting professor this semester at Princeton, for developing tools to analyze the economic causes and effects of monetary policy. Their work has revolutionized the field of macroeconomics and how it is applied by central banks and governments around the world.

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1:10 P.M. OCT. 10 UPDATE - Princeton's Sims wins Nobel in economics with visiting professor Sargent

Princeton University professor Christopher Sims has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in economics along with Thomas Sargent, a New York University economist who is a visiting professor at Princeton, for developing tools to analyze the effect of monetary policy on the economy.

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Nwabueze named University ombuds officer

Wokie Nwabueze, who has managed conflict resolution, mediation and ethics issues in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, has been named Princeton University's ombuds officer.

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FACULTY AWARD: Chang-rae Lee receives Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Chang-rae Lee, a Princeton professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been selected to receive the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction for his novel "The Surrendered." Lee will receive the award, which celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, nonviolent conflict resolution and global understanding, and is accompanied by a $10,000 prize, at a ceremony on Nov. 13.

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Garcia, Singer receive presidential science awards

Two Princeton University professors have received the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

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Bartels transfers to emeritus status

Larry Bartels, Princeton's Donald E. Stokes Professor in Public and International Affairs, will transfer to emeritus status effective Jan. 1, 2012. The move was approved in recent action by the Board of Trustees.

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FACULTY AWARD: Peter Brown wins international Balzan Prize

Peter Brown, Princeton University's Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus, has been selected to receive the Balzan Prize for his research on ancient history, specifically the Greco-Roman world.

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Stuart Schwartz, leader in electrical engineering at Princeton, dies

Stuart Schwartz, a pioneer of mathematical methods that led to techniques for efficiently transmitting information, and an instrumental force in building the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, died Saturday, Aug. 27. He was 72.

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Krueger nominated to lead Obama's Council of Economic Advisers

President Barack Obama has nominated Princeton University professor Alan Krueger, a prominent labor economist, to be the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

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Weiner selected as associate dean of religious life

Matthew Weiner, who has worked as an interfaith organizer for 20 years, has been named associate dean of religious life at Princeton University. His appointment is effective Sept. 1.

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FACULTY AWARD: Troyanskaya and Wysocki named finalists for Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists

The New York Academy of Sciences has named Olga Troyanskaya, an associate professor of computer science and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton, and Gerard Wysocki, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Princeton, as finalists in the 2011 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists competition. The annual Blavatnik Awards recognize innovative and interdisciplinary accomplishments in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.  

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FACULTY AWARD: Ostriker wins Bruce Gold Medal for lifetime achievement

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) has awarded Jeremiah Ostriker, professor of astrophysical sciences, the 2011 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in astronomy.

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FACULTY AWARD: White House appoints Tienda to advisory commission

President Barack Obama has appointed Marta Tienda, Princeton's Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies and a professor of sociology and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Tienda was sworn in on May 26. The commission is tasked with advising Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on how to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for Hispanics.

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FACULTY AWARD: Four elected to American Philosophical Society

Four Princeton faculty members have been elected to the American Philosophical Society. They were among 37 humanists, scientists, social scientists and leaders in civic and cultural affairs selected this year for their extraordinary intellectual accomplishments and leadership. Among those elected this April are the following Princeton faculty members: Natalie Davis, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Emeritus; Carol Greenhouse, chair of the Department of Anthropology and a professor of anthropology; Paul Krugman, a professor of economics and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs in the Wilson School.

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Ralph Lerner, former architecture school dean, dies at 61

Ralph Lerner, a longtime faculty member and former dean of Princeton's School of Architecture, died of brain cancer May 7 in Princeton. He was 61.

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Mbugua appointed University spokesperson

Martin Mbugua, who has more than 17 years of experience in journalism and higher education communications, has been named University spokesperson at Princeton.

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FACULTY AWARDS: Four elected to National Academy of Sciences

Four Princeton faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year. They are David Gabai, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Mathematics; Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; Loren Pfeiffer, senior research scholar in electrical engineering; and H. Vincent Poor, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering. The inductees are among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates chosen in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. They will be inducted into the academy next April.

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FACULTY AWARD: Benjamin Elman wins Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award

Benjamin Elman, the Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies and professor of East Asian studies and history at Princeton, has been selected by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as one of three winners of its Distinguished Achievement Awards. The awards, amounting to as much as $1.5 million each, are intended to honor scholars who have made significant contributions to humanistic inquiry. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Two win Guggenheim Fellowships

Two Princeton faculty members have received 2011 Guggenheim Fellowships: Michael Gordin, professor of history and the director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies, for the project "Scientific Babel: Communication and Identity in Western Chemistry Since the Fall of Latin;" and Simon Morrison, professor of music, for the project "The Secret Archive of Prokofiev."

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FACULTY AWARD: James Richardson wins Jackson Poetry Prize

James Richardson, a Princeton professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts and a professor of English, has won this year's Jackson Poetry Prize. The $50,000 award, sponsored by the literary organization Poets & Writers, is given annually to honor an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition

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FACULTY AWARD: Holmes named industrial and applied math society fellow

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has named Philip Holmes, Princeton's Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, to its 2011 class of fellows for his "extensive contributions to nonlinear dynamics."

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Renowned ceramist, visual arts faculty member Toshiko Takaezu dies

Toshiko Takaezu, a renowned ceramist who helped shape Princeton University's Program in Visual Arts over her 25 years on the faculty and who created the bronze Remembrance Bell in the University's Memorial Garden, died March 9 of natural causes in a convalescent center in Honolulu. She was 88.

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MacPherson selected to head communications at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

Kitta MacPherson, an award-winning science writer, has been named director of communications for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

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FACULTY AWARD: Three professors elected to National Academy of Engineering

Alexander Smits and Richard Miles, professors of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Christodoulos Floudas, professor of chemical and biological engineering, have been elected as 2011 members of the National Academy of Engineering.

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FACULTY AWARD: Bassler and Reider win NAS awards for 2011

The National Academy of Sciences has honored Bonnie Bassler, Princeton's Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, and Paul Reider, lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, with awards for extraordinary scientific achievements.

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Robert Judson Clark, father of Arts and Crafts revival, dies

Robert Judson Clark, a Princeton professor emeritus of art and archaeology who was considered the father of the Arts and Crafts revival, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, at home in Lafayette, Calif., after a lengthy illness. He was 73.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three professors named 2010 AAAS fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named David MacMillan, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry; N. Phuan Ong, Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics; and Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, as fellows for 2011.

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FACULTY AWARD: Daubechies receives Steele Prize for mathematical achievements

Ingrid Daubechies, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Mathematics and Applied and Computational Mathematics, has received the 2011 Leroy P. Steele Prize for a Seminal Contribution to Research. The award, which cited her pioneering data compression techniques, is presented annually by the American Mathematical Society. It is given for work that has proved to be of fundamental or lasting importance in its field. The prize was awarded to Daubechies Friday, Jan. 7, at the society's Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans.

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FACULTY AWARD: MacMillan receives Mitsui catalysis award

David MacMillan, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry, has been named the winner of the 2011 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Award. The award was established in 2004 with the aim of recognizing researchers who have made outstanding achievements in catalysis science.

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FACULTY AWARD: John Groves wins Remsen Award

John Groves, Princeton's Hugh Stott Taylor Chair of Chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2010 Remsen Award, given by the Maryland section of the American Chemical Society. He was cited for his wide-ranging contributions to bioinorganic chemistry, catalysis, enzymology and  understanding of molecular mechanisms. The award is named in honor of Ira Remsen, the second president of Johns Hopkins University. Groves received the award in June at the section's annual meeting in Baltimore. 

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Bermann named new master of Princeton's Whitman College

Sandra Bermann, the Cotsen Professor of the Humanities and professor of comparative literature, has been named master of Whitman College and will begin her four-year term on July 1, 2011.

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Inaugural Schmidt Fund awards enable innovative explorations in sensors and electronics

A project that could enable the development of revolutionary electronics and a separate project that could dramatically improve diabetes monitoring and treatment are the first two research efforts to be supported at Princeton University from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. Google CEO and Princeton alumnus Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, created the $25 million endowment fund at Princeton in 2009.

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FACULTY AWARD: Economist Kiyotaki wins Ross Prize

Nobuhiro Kiyotaki, a Princeton professor of economics, has been selected to receive the Stephen A. Ross Prize in Financial Economics with his longtime collaborator John Moore of the University of Edinburgh and London School of Economics. Kiyotaki and Moore received the prize, announced Dec. 10 by the Foundation for the Advancement of Research in Financial Economics and accompanied by $100,000, for their influential 1997 paper on credit conditions and asset pricing

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FACULTY AWARD: Goldberg and Levin are Einstein Visiting Fellows

Adele Goldberg, a professor of linguistics in the Council of the Humanities, and Thomas Levin, an associate professor of German, have been named Einstein Visiting Fellows at the Freie Universität Berlin. The two-year fellowships, which seek to promote the integration of top scholars from abroad in Berlin’s research and scientific fields, are accompanied by 150,000 Euros (about $200,000) a year.

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FACULTY AWARD: Daubechies wins Franklin Award

Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton's William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Mathematics and Applied and Computational Mathematics, has been named a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering. Daubechies was recognized for her "fundamental discoveries in the field of compact representations of data, leading to efficient image compression as used in digital photography," according to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, which bestows the award. She will be honored along with other medal recipients at the institute's awards ceremony in April.

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Houck, Shaevitz receive presidential awards

U.S. President Barack Obama has named Princeton's Andrew Houck and Joshua Shaevitz as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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FTC appoints Princeton computer scientist Felten as chief technologist

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has named Edward Felten, a Princeton professor of computer science and public affairs, as the agency's first chief technologist to help guide government policy in an era when technology has a growing influence on businesses and consumers.

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FACULTY AWARD: Jones wins Packard Award

William Jones, an assistant professor of physics, has been named a 2010 recipient of a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. Jones was recognized for his research in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology and for his work testing models of the genesis and evolution of the early universe. Each fellow will receive an unrestricted research grant of $875,000 over five years. The program supports "unusually creative professors early in their careers," according to the Packard Foundation.

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FACULTY AWARD: Hal Foster wins arts writing award

Hal Foster, Princeton's Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art and Archaeology, has been selected to receive the 2010 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing. Foster will receive the award, which honors individuals whose critical or art historical writing has had a significant impact on public understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and is accompanied by a $25,000 prize, at a ceremony on Nov. 19. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Nine faculty inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Nine faculty members have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Carles Boix, professor of politics and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Adam Burrows, professor of astrophysical sciences; Lynn Enquist, the Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology and a professor in molecular biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute; Hal Foster, the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917, Professor of Art and Archaeology; David Huse, professor of physics; Chung Law, the Robert H. Goddard Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; James Marrow, professor of art and archaeology emeritus; Nolan McCarty, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs; and Wolfgang Pesendorfer, the Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics. The induction ceremony took place Saturday, Oct. 9, in Cambridge, Mass.

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FACULTY AWARD: Couzin named to "Brilliant 10"

Popular Science magazine has named Iain Couzin, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, one of its "Brilliant 10" in its ninth annual listing of top young scientists. Couzin, who studies collective motion and decision-making in animal groups, was cited in the cover story of the magazine's November issue for revealing "the rules of groups and patterns in the natural world." The group of scientists younger than 40 was lauded for "dreaming up solutions to some of the world's most vexing problems."  

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FACULTY AWARD: American Physical Society honors four faculty

Four Princeton faculty members have been honored by the American Physical Society with national awards for 2011. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Three faculty honored by American Chemical Society

Three Princeton University faculty members have been honored by the American Chemical Society with national awards for 2011. Robert Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry, will receive the society's award in inorganic chemistry sponsored by Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc. Francois Morel, the Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences, will receive the award for creative advances in environmental science and technology sponsored by the society's division of environmental chemistry. David MacMillan, chair of the Department of Chemistry and the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry, will receive the award for creative work in synthetic organic chemistry. That award also is sponsored by Aldrich. The three faculty members will be honored at an awards ceremony in March in Anaheim, Calif.  

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FACULTY AWARD: Charles Gentile wins Christopher Columbus Award

Charles Gentile, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, is a recipient of the 2010 Homeland Security Award sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and AgustaWestland North America. Gentile was among four honored during an Oct. 5 ceremony in Washington, D.C., for "cutting edge technology in the diverse arena of homeland security." Gentile received the $25,000 award in the field of Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Chemical and Explosive Attacks for his work in the development of the Miniature Integrated Nuclear Detection System which can rapidly identify radioactive materials.   

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FACULTY AWARD: Oppenheimer receives Heinz Award for climate change work

Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been awarded the Heinz Award from Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation.

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Four new Global Scholars set to visit campus

International leaders in the fields of public health, Middle Eastern studies, Latin American history and U.S.-China relations will visit Princeton for terms starting in the academic years 2010-11 and 2011-2012 as the second round of participants in the University's Global Scholars Program.

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Emily Carter, prominent scientist and engineer, selected to lead Andlinger Center

Emily Carter, a Princeton professor of engineering and applied mathematics, and eminent physical chemist, has been appointed the founding director of the University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

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Princeton engineering professors named top young innovators

Two Princeton engineering faculty have been named to Technology Review Magazine's list of the top 35 young innovators for 2010. Celeste Nelson, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Michael McAlpine, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, were include in the magazine's annual TR35 list of innovative researchers under the age of 35.

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Lindenstrauss wins prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics work

Elon Lindenstrauss, a Princeton professor of mathematics, has received one of this year's Fields Medals, widely considered to be the math world's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

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Two appointed to leadership posts in Office of Development

Two new members have been named to the Princeton University Office of Development's senior leadership team: Cynthia Albert Link has been named assistant vice president for capital giving, effective Sept. 13, and Kerstin Larsen will join the staff on Sept. 20 as director of development and of the Aspire campaign, a comprehensive fundraising effort that seeks to raise $1.75 billion by June 30, 2012.

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Leighton named director of Davis International Center

Jacqueline Leighton, who has more than 15 years of experience in managing international programs and services, has been appointed director of the Davis International Center at Princeton. Her appointment is effective Wednesday, Aug. 18.

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Langiulli named director of corporate and foundation relations

David Langiulli, an executive with more than 20 years of experience spanning the corporate and higher education sectors, has been appointed director of corporate and foundation relations at Princeton. His appointment was effective June 28.

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Levin awarded Margalef Prize

The Generalitat of Catalonia has awarded Simon Levin, Princeton's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, the Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The award recognizes individuals worldwide who have distinguished themselves in the field of ecology.

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Socolow honored for environmental achievement

Robert Socolow, a Princeton professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received the Keystone Award for Leadership in the Environment, which recognizes contributions to solving society's environmental problems.

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Levin and Pacala to receive ecological research awards

Two members of the Princeton University faculty have been recognized for major contributions to ecological research.

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Katz receives Phi Beta Kappa’s Fellows Award

Princeton legal scholar Stanley Katz has been honored with the 2010 Fellows Award by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The award recognizes "an individual who has demonstrated scholarly achievement and excellence in his or her chosen field and who, by work and life, has exemplified the goals and ideals of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Poet Smith selected for international arts honor

Tracy K. Smith, a poet and assistant professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, is one of six international artists who has been selected for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, which pairs artists with leading figures in their fields for a year of individual mentoring and creative collaboration. Smith was chosen to be mentored by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, a provocative essayist who is often regarded as Germany's most important contemporary poet.

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George honored with religious freedom medal

Princeton legal philosopher and constitutional scholar Robert George has been awarded the Canterbury Medal for outstanding achievement in the field of global religious freedom.

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Ten Princetonians win ACLS fellowships

Two members of the Princeton faculty and eight graduate students have been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, which funds humanistic research.

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Cohen awarded prize for promoting interfaith understanding

Mark R. Cohen, Princeton's Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East, has been awarded the first Goldziher Prize, which recognizes work promoting understanding across religious faiths.

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Bartels named fellow of American Academy of Political and Social Science

Princeton faculty member Larry Bartels has been inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Science as the Robert A. Dahl Fellow.

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Tilghman honored with international science prize

Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman, a world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, has been honored with the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research.

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Princeton scientists win Shaw Prize for helping map the universe

Two Princeton University scientists have been recognized with a major international prize for their central role in a satellite experiment that has contributed to breakthroughs in better understanding the shape, makeup and age of the universe.

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John Lewis, economist and former Wilson School dean, dies

John Lewis, a development economist and former dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, died of natural causes on May 19 at the Stonebridge retirement community in Montgomery, N.J. He was 89. A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at Prospect House on the Princeton campus.

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French government honors Huet

Princeton Professor Marie-Hélène Huet has been awarded the title of Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Officer in the Order of Academic Palms) by the French government for her contributions to culture and the arts.

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Two elected to American Philosophical Society

Two Princeton scholars are among 37 people recently elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society.

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George honored with national human rights medal in Poland

Princeton legal philosopher and constitutional scholar Robert George has been awarded the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of human rights.

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Shapiro to chair InterAcademy Council's IPCC review committee

Harold T. Shapiro, an economist and president emeritus of Princeton University, has been selected by the InterAcademy Council (IAC), an organization of the world's science academies, to chair a 12-member committee to conduct an independent review of the procedures and processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The review was requested last month by the United Nations.

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Appiah and Barkan receive Behrman Award

Professors Kwame Anthony Appiah and Leonard Barkan have received Princeton's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.

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Philosopher Smith honored with Humboldt award

Michael Smith, a Princeton professor of philosophy, has been selected to receive a Humboldt Research Award, which will support research in collaboration with colleagues in Germany.

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Cohen, Fiske honored by American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association (APA) has chosen Princeton professors Jonathan Cohen and Susan Fiske to receive the annual Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, its highest scientific honor.

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Rodriguez-Iturbe elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, an environmental engineer and pioneer in the field of ecohydrology, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors in all areas of science.

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Kevrekidis named fellow of industrial and applied math society

Princeton chemical engineer Yannis Kevrekidis has been named a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in recognition of his "research contributions in chemical engineering, applied mathematics and the computational sciences."

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Canaday wins U.S. historical society book award

A book by Margot Canaday, an assistant professor of history at Princeton, has been awarded the Organization of American Historians' 2010 Ellis W. Hawley Prize, which is given each year for the best historical study of the economy, politics or institutions of the United States from the Civil War to the present.

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