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Sussman named to new post; search begins for graduate alumni director
Princeton NJ -- Sandy Sussman has been named administrative assistant to William Russel, dean of the Graduate School. She replaces Nancy Carnes, who has retired.
Sarnak named to endowed professorship
A faculty member at Princeton since 1991, Sarnak previously taught at Stanford University and New York University. He was appointed the Henry Burchard Fine Professor of Mathematics in 1995-96, and chaired the Department of Mathematics from 1996 to 1999. He also has served as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study.
Sarnak's contributions to number theory, and to questions of analysis often motivated by number theory, have been influential in the field of mathematics. Early in his career, he received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award. He shared the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics' Polya Prize in 1998. In 2001, he was named a winner of the Ostrowski Prize, awarded every other year for an outstanding contribution in mathematics. In 2002, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States and a fellow of the Royal Society in the United Kingdom.
Sarnak has served on the scientific advisory committees of the Mathe-matical Sciences Research Institute, the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques and the American Institute of Mathematics. He also is on the editorial boards of several leading research publications, including the Duke Mathematics Journal, Geometric and Functional Analysis and Annals of Mathematics.
A graduate of the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa, he holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Hutchings taking leave to head NIC
Princeton NJ -- Robert Hutchings, assistant dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is taking a public service leave of absence to serve as chair of the U.S. National Intelligence Council.
Shackelton awarded Rhodes Scholarship
Shackelton, who is from Reno, Nev., has done research in neurovirology and plans to pursue a master's degree in genetics and virology at Oxford. In addition to earning a bachelor's degree in biology, she is completing a certificate in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
"Believing that someday I might have the opportunity to share my knowledge -- to help others understand the dynamic microbial world -- is my inspiration," Shackelton said.
Shackelton also won a Marshall Scholarship, but turned it down to accept the Rhodes. She was the only winner of either award from Princeton this year.
"Laura's senior thesis project focuses on uncovering the function of a highly conserved, but poorly characterized herpesvirus gene," said Lynn Enquist, professor of molecular biology and Shackelton's thesis adviser. "This project would challenge most graduate students, but Laura has not been intimidated. Recently, she presented her preliminary findings at our weekly laboratory meeting and handled the probing questions from my graduate students and postdoctoral fellows like a veteran."
Shackelton is a two-time winner of the University's Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence. She is a captain of Princeton's varsity cross country team and was a 2001 delegate at the Washington Institute for Health Policy.
She is a member of the undergraduate molecular biology committee and a student representative to the Council on Science and Technology. Shackelton also writes science articles for various publications and has served as a volunteer in a hospital.
"In addition to teaching within my own field, I hope to lower barriers between disciplines by creating and conducting molecular biology classes for students in diverse departments -- mathematics, physics and public policy," she said. "By continuing to write articles explaining scientific advances, I hope to develop a more effective dialogue among scientists and policymakers."
Shackelton is one of 32 American students selected as 2003 Rhodes Scholars from 981 applicants.
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