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James Elbrecht

Name: James Elbrecht

Position: Computer graphic specialist in the Office of Printing and Mailing. Overseeing the electronic pre-press area using desktop publishing, image editing and page imposition software packages. Shooting still photographs and curating the department's digital image library.

Quote: "I like the great variety of things I do within my job. I have the opportunity to interact with some very interesting students, faculty and staff.

Other interests: Participating in various historical societies and traveling in U.S. Western states.


Briefs

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, a professor of computer science and the William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, has received the 2000 A.M. Turing Award, the highest prize in the field of computer science.

Yao is receiving the award "in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the theory of computation, including the complexity-based theory of pseudorandom number generation, cryptography and communication complexity."

Yao's work in the area of random number generation is of great importance to the field of cryptography. His work in communication complexity provided a way to measure the minimum amount of interaction that two or more parties must have in order to carry out a given computation, a critical concept in the field of distributed computing.

The award is given annually by the Association of Computing Machinery and carries a $25,000 prize. It will be presented at the association's annual awards banquet on March 11.

Three staff members in the Office of Communications have been honored in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II Accolades Awards Program.

All won silver or second-place awards: Steven Schultz, senior writer, in the "Excellence in News Writing" category; Laurel Masten Cantor, director of creative services, in the "Individual Alumni Relations Publications" category; and Susan Jennings, former director of editorial services who now works for the Princeton Area Community Foundation, in the "Student Recruitment Publications-Individual" category.

Schultz earned the award for five science stories he wrote and disseminated as news releases. The stories also appeared in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin. Topics ranged from the genetically-altered "smart mouse" created by neurobiologist Joe Tsien to a rudimentary computer made of RNA by evolutionary biologist Laura Landweber.

Cantor was honored for a 14-panel brochure she created on "Tigers in the Cotsen Children's Library" with Bonnie Bernstein, Cotsen outreach coordinator. It was dedicated to Princeton's Class of 1950 on the occasion of its 50th reunion in May 2000. The piece was distributed during reunion activities and is available at the library. Lloyd Cotsen, who donated the collection of children's books and related items to the library in 1994, is a 1950 Princeton graduate. The tigers featured in the publication come from books that are part of the collection.

Jennings won the award for coordinating the production of a publication, "Possibilities: Student Lives in the Arts and Humanities at Princeton." The brochure, aimed at recruiting students in these fields to the University, features profiles of students discussing their experience at Princeton and their close relationship with faculty members. It was produced for the Office of the Dean of the College.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is an international association of education advancement officers. District II encompasses Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and West Virginia.


By the numbers

• The students who began running The Daily Princetonian this semester make up the 125th managing board for the student newspaper, which was first published in 1876.

• A number of well-known figures have served as editors of The Prince while undergraduates, including U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and Democratic presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson.

• The newspaper went online in 1997 and gets between 10,000 and 15,000 hits each day it is posted on the Web.

• The current staff numbers about 100.


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February 19, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 17
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Contents

Scientists use computer simulation to explain water's odd behaviors
Krugman demands better supply of knowledge

Page 2
Williams decides to retire
People / Spotlight/ Briefs
Faculty submit resignations
Obituary: Prellet fostered community

Page 3
Falk evaluates Mideast violence with U.N. team

Page 4
Calendar of events

Page 6
Sims earns top NCAA honor
Student wins Sachs award

Page 7
Princeton contingent comes to the rescue

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Nassau Notes


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Editor: Ruth Stevens
Calendar editor: Carolyn Geller
Contributing writers: Karin Dienst, Marilyn Marks, Caroline Moseley, Steven Schultz, Peter Spencer
Photographer: Denise Applewhite
Design: Mahlon Lovett, Laurel Masten Cantor
Web edition: Mahlon Lovett