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President Jacques Chirac of France has awarded the Legion of Honor to Ezra Suleiman, the IBM Professor in International Studies and chair of the Committee for European Studies at Princeton.
The award recognizes the contributions Suleiman has made to France and to French-American relations. He has lectured at many universities and worked in several research institutes in Europe. He is the founder of the Center for French Studies at Princeton, which was established with funds from the French government. He also has written more than a dozen books on European politics.
Bernard Lewis, the Cleveland Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus, has been awarded a 2001 George Polk Journalism Award for magazine reporting.
One of the West's leading authorities on the Arab world, Lewis was recognized for a story that appeared last November in The New Yorker titled "The Revolt of Islam." The piece "sought to make the unthinkable understandable, by examining the historical context and likely impact of Islam's war with the West," according to the award committee. Lewis has taught at the University since 1974.
The awards were established by Long Island University in 1949 to honor the memory of CBS reporter George Polk, who was killed while covering the civil war in Greece. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on April 11.
Jack Anderson, head of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's environment, safety and health and infrastructure support department, has received the Distinguished Associate Award from the U.S. Department of Energy.
He was recognized for his "significant contributions to the DOE's Safeguards and Security Directives Implementation Review Conference." Anderson was part of a six-member team that organized an assessment of the impacts of existing security and counterintelligence orders on the scientific and security environment at all of the DOE's facilities. The team concentrated on how to balance the need for new security and counterintelligence requirements with scientific freedom and progress.
The PPPL is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the University.
Robert Wuthnow, the Gerhard Andlinger '52 Professor of Social Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of Religion, has won the Award for Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.
His book, "Loose Connections: Joining Together in America's Fragmented Communities," is based on data from a national survey of civic involvement that Wuthnow designed and conducted in 1997. The data from the survey is combined with more than 200 in-depth interviews with community leaders, volunteers and heads of nonprofit organizations.
The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action was founded in 1971 and is the largest scholarly organization devoted to research on volunteerism, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
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