Name: Bob Van Schaick.

Position: Housing and fire safety inspector in the housing office. Promoting a safe, healthy and secure housing environment at Princeton. Making sure the University adheres to state and local housing and fire codes. Working with Jeff Axelrod to conduct more than 12,000 inspections each year in dormitory rooms and faculty/staff housing units.

Quote: "I like the contact with students. I also enjoy the people I work with in the housing office."

Other interests: Spending time with his wife and 8-year-old son. Woodworking, skiing, hiking, biking, working on his house and attending his son's soccer games.


Two Princeton scientists were elected in April to the National Academy of Science, one of the highest honors in American science.

Jeanne Altmann, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Isaac Held, lecturer with rank of professor in the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and senior research scientist at the U.S. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab, were among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates elected during the academy's 140th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
    Altmann studies animal behavior and ecology with a particular focus on baboons in Kenya. Held studies atmospheric and ocean fluid dynamics, including work on climate dynamics and global warming.

David Botstein, the incoming director of Princeton's Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been selected to receive the 2003 Genetics Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation.
    Botstein, who is currently the Stanford Ascherman, M.D., Professor and chair of the Department of Genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will receive a gold medal and $150,000 on July 10 at a meeting of the International Congress of Genetics in Melbourne, Australia.
    The Gruber Foundation, which established and first presented the annual award in 2001, cited Botstein for his wide-ranging and fundamental contributions to genetic research. Calling him a "powerhouse of innovation," the foundation said "his concepts and strategies have repeatedly opened new avenues for modern genetic research."
    Princeton selected Botstein as director of the genomics institute in September 2002; he will start on July 1. His contributions to modern genetics range from early pioneering work in yeast and bacteria to recent studies of cancer-causing genes. In 1980, he cowrote a paper that laid the groundwork for the Human Genome Project.
    In its award announcement, the Gruber Foundation also noted Bot-stein's record as an innovative educator and as a leader in bridging the disciplines of biology, engineering, physics and mathematics to develop new approaches to biological questions.

Alan Krueger, the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been named a 2003 Carnegie Scholar. He was one of 13 scholars at American institutions chosen in the highly competitive process to receive up to $100,000 over the next two years from the Carnegie Corp. The title of his project is "A Re-evaluation of Three School Voucher Experiments."
    Krueger and Princeton graduate student Pei Zhu recently re-examined data from a widely referenced New York City voucher experiment conducted from 1997 to 2000 by Mathematica Policy Research Inc. and the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University. Their re-analysis of the study's data concluded that the experiment's findings were not nearly as robust as previous researchers had reported. The Carnegie award will enable Krueger to extend his work on New York and expand his analysis to include two other cities that participated in voucher experiments.
    Krueger, who also directs the Woodrow Wilson School's Survey Research Center, has been a Princeton faculty member since 1987.



May 19, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 27
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Task forces give students a chance at real-world policymaking
Intense field work in Panama transforms student researchers

Ancient Athens provides a model for the contemporary workplace
Friedberg to serve as deputy national security adviser to VP Dick Cheney
Four selected as Goldwater Scholars

Ludwig was professor, librarian and expert in rare books
Spotlight, Briefs

Calendar of events
Nassau Notes
By the numbers

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