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Position: Department manager in the history department. Working with the chair on all matters relating to faculty. Supervising the department's support staff. Helping new faculty members and visiting fellows with relocation and other issues. Setting up precept schedules and assisting in appointing preceptors.
Quote: "In the 25 years I've spent at Princeton, I've had a really interesting range of institutional experience. In addition to working in an academic department, I've been a graduate student and a preceptor, and I've worked in the maintenance department, where I was the first woman manager."
Other interests: Volunteering with SAVE, an animal shelter in Princeton. Attending musical events at Richardson and Taplin auditoriums, antiquing in Lambertville and Bucks County, reading and knitting.
Daniel Kahneman, a Princeton psychology professor and a recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in economic sciences, has earned the 2003 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Kahneman's former colleague, Amos Tversky, shared the 2003 award posthumously. The $200,000 prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of psychology.
Kahneman has been the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and professor of public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs since 1993. Tversky died in 1996, while serving as the Davis Brack Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Psychology at Stanford.
Working as a team for nearly three decades, Kahneman and Tversky revolutionized the scientific approach to decision-making, ultimately affecting all social sciences and many related disciplines.
The Grawemeyer awards are the first major international prizes to honor powerful ideas in the arts and sciences rather than personal achievements. The Grawemeyer Foundation at the University of Louisville awards $1 million each year: $200,000 each for music composition, education, ideas improving world order, religion and psychology.
Virginia Kwan, an assistant professor of psychology, is among the winners of the inaugural Theoretical Innovation Prize awarded by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Kwan, who joined the Princeton faculty this year, was honored for her work in co-writing a paper titled "Reconceptualizing Individual Differences in Self-Enhancement Bias: An Interpersonal Approach." The society honored the paper for providing an innovative theoretical contribution to personality and social psychology.
The paper's co-authors were Oliver John, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Berkeley; David Kenny, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in Psychology at the University of Connecticut; Michael Bond, a professor of psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Richard Robins, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California-Davis.
Kwan and her colleagues were among the authors of three papers that received the prize, which will be awarded annually. "The winners represent noteworthy examples of innovation and excellence that are sure to influence the scientific study of personality and social psychology for years to come," the society said in announcing the winners.
Bob Simmons, an engineer at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, has received the first Engineering and Technology Management Leadership Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
The award was established to recognize Simmons for his strong leadership within the society and now will be known as the Robert T. Simmons Leadership Award. He developed a strategic plan for the society's Engineering and Technology Management Group, which he serves as vice president.
Simmons joined the plasma physics laboratory in 1989 as a project control manager for the advanced projects department and currently is the systems engineering support manager for the National Compact Stellarator Experiment.
January 13, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 13
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