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Name: Paula Linhares.
Position: Associate director for regional affairs in the Alumni Council. Helping more than 125 regional associations to plan activities that connect Princeton alumni to each other and Princetonians to the University. (These associations range in size from five alumni in Katmandu, Nepal, to 5,000 alumni and 3,000 parents in Washington, D.C.) Helping to coordinate trips to regional events for President Tilghman and faculty speakers. Recruiting new volunteers to lead the associations, working with the groups on management issues and supporting their initiatives, which include community service and admissions activities.
Quote: "I like the diversity of my job -- but that can also be a drawback at times. On any given day, I do many different things -- there's not much that's routine with this job. Every day presents new challenges and opportunities."
Other interests: Spending time with her husband of four months. Traveling, especially taking trips to New England to go shell fishing.
Megan Adams has been appointed director of risk management and assistant treasurer at Princeton. She previously served in similar positions at Temple and Hahnemann universities in Philadelphia and at Holy Redeemer Health System in Huntington Valley, Pa.
Adams, who joined the staff Sept. 30, fills the vacancy created by Laurel Harvey, who is now general manager for administration in the office of Senior Vice President for Administration Charles Kalmbach.
In addition to working as director of risk management and insurance at Temple, Adams was the university's representative to Genesis Ltd., an insurance company created to serve the needs of its 15 member universities including Princeton, which was a founding member. She currently serves as president of that company, succeeding Harvey, who held that post for the prior two-year term.
Adams earned bachelor's and law degrees from Widener University. As a member of the Pennsylvania Bar, she has been active in various legal associations, particularly those concerned with medicine and ethics.
"I am delighted to have a professional of Megan's depth and breadth of risk management experience join the administrative team at Princeton," said Treasurer Christopher McCrudden. "The election by her peers to lead Genesis speaks volumes for her professional standing in the area of university insurance and self insurance. Her inherent interest in proactive risk mitigation is exactly what the University needs to keep our instruction and research programs as safe as possible."
The Office of Risk Management is located in New South and is responsible for all property, casualty and liability coverages. The staff assists other offices in the execution of health, welfare and related coverages for faculty, staff and students. Among other responsibilities, Adams will sit with the Benefits Committee, the Emergency Preparedness Task Force, and the environmental safety and risk management committees. She will work closely with the offices of general counsel, facilities, public safety and environmental health and safety. She also will be Princeton's primary representative to Genesis, where she will continue to serve as president.
Anthony Scaturro has been named University information technology security officer in the Office of Information Technology. His appointment was effective Nov. 1.
Scaturro will be responsible for overall technical policy direction on University information technology security issues. Working with the offices of public safety and general counsel, he will consult with University groups that have specific security concerns and coordinate with departments inside and outside the Office of Information Technology that have responsibility for the infrastructure needed to support the University's overall information technology goals.
The new position was created as part of a reorganization initiated by Betty Leydon, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, after she joined the administration in the summer of 2001. It was recommended for funding in the University's 2002-03 operating budget last spring by the Priorities Committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community.
"Anthony Scaturro brings to Princeton University almost 30 years of data processing experience, including 12 years where he has specialized in the development and implementation of information security solutions," Leydon said.
"Leveraging his extensive background in systems analysis and integration, Mr. Scaturro brings a unique, collaborative approach to Princeton's information security officer role," she continued. "His job will be to craft security solutions that carefully balance the need of each user community to manage risk without unduly restricting access to information, the need of technology support teams to implement effective products that are consistent with architectural objectives and the need for the University to manage costs."
From 1981 to 1997, Scaturro worked at J.P. Morgan in New York City, where he served as an application development manager, the manager of global electronic mail services and an information security specialist. He then became the first information security officer of the Lewco Securities Corp. in Jersey City, a jointly owned subsidiary of Schroder Bank and Hambrect and Quist. Scaturro wrote the firm's security policies, developed its security awareness program and managed the implementation of all security-related procedures and technology products, including firewalls, anti-virus software, encryption technology and products designed to assess system vulnerabilities and to detect intruders.
Since 2001, Scaturro has served as the director of information security and the director of commercial data management for the RCN Corp. in Princeton. He developed a comprehensive information security policy for the company and served in a consulting capacity to RCN's technology implementation teams and the RCN business community.
Scaturro earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Florida State University.
Discover Magazine has included three Princeton faculty members -- Ingrid Daubechies, Elizabeth Gould and Shirley Tilghman -- in a list of "The 50 Most Important Women in Science." The magazine compiled the list and published it in its November 2002 issue.
"To read their stories is to understand how important it is that the barriers facing women in science be broken down as quickly and entirely as possible," the magazine asserted in introducing brief descriptions of the work of each scientist. "If just one of these women had gotten fed up and quit -- as many do -- the history of science would have been impoverished."
The magazine noted Daubechies, a professor of mathematics and applied and computational mathematics, for her work in developing a mathematical tool called wavelets, which is useful in analyzing signals in sound, electronic images and other physical phenomena. Wavelets are being used particularly in data compression and encryption.
Gould, a professor of psychology, has had a major impact in neuroscience research by helping to break down one of the field's primary beliefs: that the brains of adult animals can never grow new nerve cells. Her work has shown that the brain evolves throughout life and that new cells may play an important role in how the mind functions.
The magazine cited Tilghman, University president and professor of molecular biology, for her studies of genetic imprinting, a phenomenon by which some genes are turned off, or silenced, depending on whether they came from the organism's mother or father.
The American Physical Society, the professional society of physicists, has announced that it will award honors to three Princeton faculty members, Boris Altshuler, Robert Socolow and John Wheeler.
Altshuler, a professor of physics, will receive the Oliver Buckley Prize "for fundamental contributions to the understanding of the quantum mechanics of electrons in random potentials and confined geometries, including pioneering work on the interplay of interactions and disorder." The award, which carries a $5,000 prize, will be bestowed at the Physical Society's March meeting in Austin, Texas.
Socolow, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will be awarded the Leo Szilard Lectureship Award "for leadership in establishing energy and environmental problems as legitimate research fields for physicists, and for demonstrating that these broadly defined problems can be addressed with the highest scientific standards." The award includes a $1,000 prize, plus $2,000 for travel expenses for lectures in the following year. It will be given at the Physical Society's April meeting in Philadelphia.
Wheeler, the Joseph Henry Professor of Physics Emeritus, will receive the Einstein Prize jointly with Peter Bergmann of Syracuse University "for pioneering investigations in general relativity, including gravitational radiation, quantum gravity, black holes, space-time singularities and symmetries in Einstein's equations, and for their leadership and inspiration to generations of researchers in general relativity." The biennial prize, which includes $10,000, will be given at the Philadelphia meeting.
November 4, 2002
Vol. 92, No. 8
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