Name: Sam Formica.

Position: Surplus assistant in the purchasing department. Managing the day-to-day operations. Arranging for the removal of surplus, including computer equipment, furniture and specialized equipment, to the warehouse where it is stored until it is redistributed to University departments, donated to schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations or sold to employees.

Quote: "I like helping the University departments. Instead of purchasing new items, they can come to surplus when a like item is available and get it at no cost. I also like helping churches, schools and other nonprofit organizations with our donations."

Other interests: Spending time with his girlfriend, watching sports and lifting weights.


Fusion Power Associates, a nonprofit group promoting research and education in the field of fusion energy, has given its 2001 Leadership Award to Robert Goldston, director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.

"You have provided forceful and effective guidance to a wide spectrum of fusion scientific topics and have helped put fusion back on the U.S. national political agenda," the award citation states.

Goldston was a co-recipient of the award along with Ron Parker, former director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Plasma Fusion Center and former leader of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Co-center in Garching, Germany.

In addition to recognizing Goldston's leadership in the broader fusion research community, Fusion Power Associates praised his "outstanding leadership" of the Princeton laboratory.

The Plasma Physics Lab is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is managed by the University. Its primary mission is to develop the science and technology for harnessing the power of nuclear fusion as a safe and abundant source of energy.

Goldston, who came to the Plasma Physics Lab as a graduate student in 1972, was named the laboratory's fifth director in 1997. He is a member of the board of directors of the Fusion Power Associates.

Jeffrey Herbst
, professor of politics and international affairs, has won the 2000 Gregory Luebbert Prize from the American Political Science Association.

Herbst earned the prize for his book, "States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control," published by Princeton University Press. The Luebbert Prize recognizes the best book in comparative politics published in the award year.

The world's largest professional organization for political study, the American Political Science Association has more than 13,500 members.

Herbst has taught at Princeton since 1987, and his research has focused on African politics, international political economy and economic policies in the Third World. He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton, summa cum laude, in 1983.


October 22, 2001
Vol. 91, No. 7
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