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Hailed for her leadership and scientific contributions, President Tilghman has recently received honorary doctor of science degrees from Yale University, Bard College, Dickinson College, Westminster Choir College and Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, her alma mater. She will receive an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Oxford on June 19.
    As Tilghman received her honorary degree at Yale's commencement ceremony, President Richard Levin stated, "From participation in cloning the first mammalian gene to groundbreaking discoveries about the nature of genetic determinism, you have made a lasting mark on the progress of science. Through research into imprinting and the molecular mechanisms underlying gene silencing, you have deepened our understanding of the origin of the species. You bring a distinguished record as a teacher, scientist and advocate for science to the presidency of Princeton University." 
    Robert Fagles, the Arthur Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature, also received an honorary degree at the Yale commencement. "You are gifted as a teacher, a scholar and a poet," read the citation for the doctor of letters.

President Emeritus Harold T. Shapiro was honored June 13 at the National Conference for Community and Justice-New Jersey Region Princeton Area Capital Chapter Humanitarian Awards Dinner. He was recognized for his efforts on behalf of individuals of all cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Alexander Nehamas, the Edmund Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, professor of philosophy and professor of comparative literature, has been elected vice president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association.
    He will take office in January 2003, and will become president of the division in January 2004. The Eastern Division is the oldest and largest of the association's three divisions. Its annual meeting is the largest gathering of philosophers in the English-speaking world.
    Two other members of Princeton's Department of Philosophy have preceded Nehamas in this position: Harry Frankfurt and John Cooper. Nehamas, a faculty member since 1990, recently stepped down as chair of the Council of the Humanities and director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and of the Program in Hellenic Studies.

The New England Complex Systems Institute has awarded its 2002 Herbert Simon Award to physicist Philip Anderson for his contributions to the study of complex systems.
    The institute cited Anderson for being the "originator of studies on spin glasses and many works on the collective properties of condensed matter systems." Anderson, the Joseph Henry Professor of Physics Emeritus, joined the Princeton faculty in 1975. He is a co-recipient of the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the electronic structure of disordered systems.

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June 17, 2002
Vol. 92, No. 29
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Contents

Commencement 2002
Tilghman urges graduates to carry on 'the spirit of Princeton'
Four faculty members recognized for their outstanding teaching
Commencement highlights on Web
Photographs from Commencement 2002
By the numbers: Commencement 2002

Inside
Spence gift creates Ludwig endowment
University libraries have designs on the future

Science
Study tracks death of iguanas in the Galapagos
$7.5 million funds work in 'organic' electronics
Students take challenging class assignment to the wall
Scholars go to the schools to teach science

Faculty news
Malkiel, Taylor reappointed
Faculty members named to endowed chairs
Board approves promotions
New faculty members appointed
Twelve faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Sections
People, spotlight
People, briefs
Calendar of events


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