Name: 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
Other interests: Spending time with her 8-year-old
Is there someone you would like to see profiled in
"Spotlight"? Provide your ideas to Ruth Stevens by e-mail at
or by phone at 258-5735.
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
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Vol. 90, No. 11
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studies differences, seeks unity
names six new full professors
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