Giselle Robinson

Position: Administrative assistant to the controller. Assisting the five accountants on staff with everything from filing taxes to maintaining records of oil and gas properties.

Quote: "People have been very friendly and welcoming since I got here in April. Moving here (from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) was a big adjustment. The people in my office really helped me adjust to living and working here."

Other interests: Spending time with her 8-year-old son.

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Laura Giles, research curator for Italian drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, is joining Princeton's Art Museum as associate curator of prints and drawings. Giles begins her duties this month, succeeding Barbara Ross, who retired in 1999.
     During her tenure at The Art Institute, Giles coordinated a major drawings documentation project, initiated conservation efforts of prints and drawings, gave gallery talks, worked on publications and helped to organize exhibitions.
     Earlier in her career, she held positions at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. She was an assistant professor at Kansas and a teaching fellow at Harvard, where she also held a traveling fellowship.
     Giles was educated at Swarthmore College. She received her M.A. from Williams College and her Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University.


Robert Axtmann, professor of chemical engineering, emeritus, died Nov. 16 at age 75.
     A faculty member since 1959, Axtmann taught courses on nuclear engineering and fusion engineering. He also conducted research on those topics as well as nuclear reactor safety, radiation chemistry and the environmental effects of geothermal power. He served as chair of Princeton's Program on Nuclear Studies from 1965 to 1968 and was named the first chair of the Council on Environmental Studies in 1970. He was granted emeritus status in 1989.
     Axtmann was a visiting fellow at the Israel Atomic Energy Commission and the National Commission of Nuclear Energy in Mexico. He served as a visiting scientist to the Department of Science and Industrial Research in New Zealand and the Institute of Electrical Investigations in Mexico. A member of the New Jersey Commission for Radiation Protection, he also served on the U.S. Department of Energy Advisory Committee on Geothermal Energy and the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Safeguards to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
     Axtmann published many research articles in professional journals, was a contributing editor to "Rescuing Man's Environment -- Nine Essays on Environmental Reform" and wrote numerous articles of thought and satire over the years. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physics Society, American Chemical Society, American Institute on Chemical Engineering and Geothermal Resources Council.
     A graduate of Oberlin College, Axtmann earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oberlin College Scholarship Fund.

December 4, 2000
Vol. 90, No. 11
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Page 1
Agencies deliver experience along with the morning paper
Memory formation clearer

Page 2
Clothing donations needed
By the numbers / United Way campaign
Spotlight / People / Obituary

Page 3
Ahmed studies differences, seeks unity
Research notes

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Calendar of events

Page 6
Board names six new full professors
Trustees promote, reappoint

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New tigers on the prowl

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Nassau notes

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Editor: Ruth Stevens
Staff writer: Yvonne Chiu Hays
Calendar editor: Carolyn Geller
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Photographer: Denise Applewhite
Design: Mahlon Lovett,
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