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Name: Cynthia Nelson.

Position: Administrator for the School of Architecture. Supervising the support staff, maintaining faculty records, scheduling courses and keeping the dean's calendar. Overseeing the school's publications. Making sure the budget is spent appropriately and items are allocated adequately among the staff.

Quote: "I have been with the University since 1984, and I love the variety of work I'm called on to perform. It's never the same job year to year. I love being in an academic environment."

Other interests: Gardening and listening to music. Reading, especially books that have won literary awards. Vacationing with her husband on the coast of Maine, where she enjoys taking landscape photographs that she turns into postcards to sell. Visiting her daughter at Dickinson College, where she is a senior.


Briefs

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, will serve as U.S. representative to the 20th anniversary of the French Consultative Committee on Ethics in Paris on Feb. 23. The theme of the event is "The Human Gene."
    George will speak on the relationship of the public to the private sector in the development and regulation of biotechnology. Representatives from several European countries and Japan and India also will speak, addressing a range of topics related to genetic research including economics, law, politics and religion.
    A year ago, President Bush named George to the President's Council on Bioethics. The 18-member council, made up of eminent scientists, philosophers and other scholars, advises the president on key moral issues, such as embryonic stem cell research and cloning.

Two Princeton faculty members and a research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have been named fellows by the American Physical Society.
    The new fellows are: Antoine Kahn, professor of electrical engineering; Stanley Kaye, principal research physicist at the plasma physics laboratory; and Peter Meyers, professor of physics.
    The society's fellowship program was created to recognize original research and publication, contributions in the application of physics to science and technology, contributions to the teaching of physics, or service and participation in the society. The honor is a lifetime appointment.
    Kahn, who holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton, was recognized "for pioneering work on the atomic and electronic structure of surfaces and interfaces of organic and inorganic semiconductors."
    The society cited Kaye "for pioneering investigation of confinement characteristics of strongly heated tokamak plasmas that serves as a foundation for predictions of confinement trends of modern tokamak and spherical torus plasmas."
    Meyers was honored "for contributions to rare kaon decay experiments, service and leadership in the particle physics community, and for communicating the excitement of the field to expert and non-expert alike."

 
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February 17, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 16
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Contents

Page one
Partnership produces sharp 'baby pictures' of the universe
Showalter inspires conversation about teaching literature

Inside
Scientists shoot for more detail from land-based devices
University launches skill-building program for biweekly staff members
Alumni Day event to include lectures by Peter Bell and William Frist

People
Employees honored for dedication and service
Showalter to retire; pursue trans-Atlantic journalism
People, spotlight, briefs

Sections
Nassau Notes
By the numbers: Service Recognition program
Calendar of events


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