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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected six Princeton faculty members as new fellows.

The Princeton professors were among 209 scholars, scientists, artists, business leaders, educators and public officials elected in recognition of contributions to their respective fields.

The new fellows are: Dilip Abreu, professor of economics; Ben Bernanke, the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs; Demetrios Christodoulou, professor of mathematics; John Cooper, the Stuart Professor of Philosophy; Michael Doyle, the Edward Sanford Professor of Politics and International Affairs; and Froma Zeitlin, the Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which now includes 3,700 fellows and 600 foreign honorary members, was chartered in Boston in 1780.
 

National Academy of Sciences

Three Princeton faculty members were elected to the National Academy of Sciences at the academy's annual meeting May 1.

They are: Michael Bender, professor of geosciences; Robert Cava, associate director of the Princeton Materials Institute and professor of chemistry; and Daniel Kahneman, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School.

They were among 72 new members and 15 foreign associates elected this year, bringing the total number of National Academy members to 1,874 and the number of Princeton affiliated members to 58.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that calls on the academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology.
 

Alfred Sloan Foundation

Three Princeton faculty members have been selected to receive fellowships from the Alfred Sloan Foundation to conduct research in economics, mathematics and physics.

Economist Jonathan Parker, mathematician Wilhelm Schlag and physicist Uros Seljak each will receive $40,000 over two years to conduct unrestricted research in their fields.

The highly selective fellowships are designed to help researchers who are at an early stage of their careers and who show exceptional promise. The Sloan Foundation selected 104 U.S. and Canadian recipients this year from among hundreds of nominees.

Seljak, an assistant professor of physics, conducts research in theoretical cosmology with a focus on the origin and evolution of the universe. Schlag, an assistant professor of mathematics, specializes in the study of harmonic analysis and partial differential equations. Parker, an assistant professor of economics and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, focuses on macroeconomics and applied econometrics and has studied such issues as the decline in national savings and household consumption behavior.

The Sloan Foundation annually awards its research fellowships in the areas of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience and physics. Selections were made by a panel of 18 distinguished scientists, including Princeton astrophysicist Scott Tremaine and mathematician Peter Sarnak.
 

Henry Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations

Aaron Friedberg, professor of politics and international affairs, has been named the first holder of the Henry Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress.

The program offers scholars the opportunity to spend nine months in residence at the Library of Congress, where they will conduct foreign policy research.

Beginning in September, Friedberg will explore the rise of Asia and its implications for the United States, with particular attention to the increase in relative wealth and technological competence of the nations of eastern Eurasia and the western Pacific.

Friedberg has been a Princeton faculty member since 1987. He also is acting director of the Woodrow Wilson School's Center of International Studies and director of its Research Program in International Security.

He is the author of two books on foreign relations: "The Weary Titan: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline, 1895-1905," and "In the Shadow of the Garrison State: America's Anti-Statism and Its Cold War Grand Strategy."
 

Behrman Award

Thomas Roche Jr., the Murray Professor of English Literature, has been honored with the University's Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the humanities.

Roche joined the Princeton faculty in 1960 after teaching at Williams College. A specialist in Renaissance poetry and the poet Edmund Spenser, he is the author or editor of many articles and numerous books, including an annotated edition of Spenser's "The Faerie Queene."

In addition to his teaching and scholarly activities, Roche has participated in the productions of various campus drama groups. A veteran performer, he made his directing debut last year with a campus production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

A Yale University graduate, Roche holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. degree from Princeton, and a master's degree from Oxford University.

Bestowed annually, the Behrman Award was established in 1975 by a gift from the late Howard Behrman, a physician and book collector.
 

2001 Guggenheim Fellowships

Three Princeton faculty members are among the 149 artists, scholars and scientists who received a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, an honor that recognizes exceptional achievement and supports promising projects.

Each Guggenheim Fellow will receive a grant to support his or her work. The average grant for 2001 was $36,000.

The Princeton professors and their proposed projects are:

Jeremy Adelman, professor of history, for research on "The Political Economy of Revolution in South America, 1750-1824."

Elizabeth Lunbeck, associate professor of history, for research on "Psychoanalytic Practice in the United States Before 1920."

Francois Morel, professor of geosciences and director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, for research on "The Biological Chemistry of Sea Water."

The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, which awards the fellowships, selected this year's recipients from among 2,728 applicants. The 149 U.S. and Canadian recipients received a total of $6,588,000.
 


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May 21, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 28
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Contents

New president
Professor named 19th president
Time is right for Tilghman
Reaction enthusiastic for new leader
Family comes first for new president
Shirley Tilghman bio

Life sciences
Search is on for genomics institute head
Silver: Doubling not necessarily troubling
Landweber tracks changes in genetic code
Virus leaves trail in brain for researchers

Students and alumni
Thesis sparks thriving teacher corps
Recent grad's first novel attracts attention
Student teaching builds bridges
New program preps local students for success

Other news
Merck funds professorship to honor alumnus
Hair colors literary, artistic representations
Class size makes a difference

People
Remaining discretionary funds to increase staff salaries
Doig announces retirement
Barron is new women's hoops coach
Spotlight
Briefs
Thirteen faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Sections
By the numbers: Reunions
Nassau Notes
Calendar of events


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