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Princeton faculty members Robert George and Frederick Hitz have been elected to membership on the Council on Foreign Relations.
They join the ranks of a highly influential nonprofit and nonpartisan organization devoted to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. Among its other objectives, the council strives to identify and nurture the next generation of foreign policy leaders, and to disseminate ideas and accurate information about international issues for the interested public. The council accomplishes its mission in part by publishing Foreign Affairs, a leading journal on global issues.
George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics.
Hitz, a 1961 Princeton graduate, is a lecturer in public and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and director of the Project on International Intelligence. He is a former inspector general of the CIA.
John DeLooper, associate director of external affairs at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, has received the U.S. Department of Energy's Distinguished Associate Award. DeLooper was honored for his "valuable coordination of countless education outreach activities and special events."
In particular, DeLooper was cited for his efforts in running the Snowmass Fusion Summer Study Workshops, which took place in Snowmass, Colo., in 1999 and 2002. At the most recent workshop, about 300 leading scientists from the U.S. and international fusion community gathered for two weeks to assess the major next steps in fusion energy science research.
"John has been responsible for so much of our success at outreach and science education, both at Princeton and at our annual American Physical Society-Division of Plasma Physics meetings," said Anne Davies, associate director of science for fusion energy sciences at the Department of Energy. "He also applied his organizational skills and his energy to making our two Snowmass workshops happen. It was the success of those workshops that led to consensus in the fusion community that enabled an administration decision to join ITER negotiations."
ITER is a major international magnetic fusion research project with a mission to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of nuclear fusion as a source of energy. The United States recently announced it is joining the negotiations for the construction and operation of ITER.
The Plasma Physics Laboratory is funded by the Department of Energy and managed by the University.
The Protein Society, an international scientific organization, has awarded its annual Emil Thomas Kaiser Award to Princeton chemist Michael Hecht.
"Professor Hecht has made significant, original and creative contri- butions to our understanding of protein structure and design," the society said in its citation.
Hecht, an associate professor of chemistry, came to Princeton as an assistant professor in 1990.
The Protein Society cited Hecht for his work in designing "de novo proteins," custom-made proteins that do not arise from natural processes. His studies, which show that water-attracting and water-repelling portions of a protein are crucial in determining the molecule's three-dimensional structure, are "a real tour de force," the society said. The work could have applications in fields from medicine to materials science.
The Protein Society has given the Kaiser award annually since 1995 "in recognition of a recent, highly significant, contribution to the science of proteins." As part of the award, Hecht will deliver a lecture at the 17th Annual Symposium of The Protein Society in Boston in July.
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