Three faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Three faculty members were transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees. All are effective July 1, 2003.

They are: Kent Calder, associate professor of politics and international affairs; Robert Jahn, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; and John Wilson, the Agate Brown and George Collord Professor of Religion.

Calder joined the faculty in 1983 after teaching for four years at Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Utah. A specialist in Japanese trade and industrial policy, he has focused on how politics and social structure affect the Japanese economy. Since 1990, he has directed the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Calder took a leave from the University from 1996 to 1999 to serve as special adviser to the U.S. ambassador to Japan, working un-der Walter Mondale and Thomas Fo-ley. He also has held staff positions with the U.S. Con-gress and the Federal Trade Commission and has served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1990.

Calder is the author of several books, including "Pacific Defense: Arms, Energy and America's Future in Asia," which received the 1997 Mainichi Asia-Pacific Grand Prix for its analysis of how economic change is transforming the U.S.-East Asian security equation. He also wrote "Crisis and Compensation: Public Policy and Political Stability in Japan," which was awarded both the 1990 Ohira Memorial Prize and the Arisawa Memorial Prize for its account of how domestic politics have shaped Japanese public policy processes.


Jahn joined the Princeton faculty in 1962 after teaching at Lehigh University and theCalifornia Institute of Technology. He earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1951 and his Ph.D. in 1955. From 1971 to 1986, he served as dean of Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

His research focuses on the experimental and analytical study of high-power plasma discharges for space propulsion applications and on anomalous human/machine interactions and consciousness-correlated physical phenomena. Jahn is the author of "Physics of Electric Propulsion" and the co-author of "Margins of Reality: The Role of Consciousness in the Physical World." In 1979, he established the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program to pursue rigorous scientific study of the interaction of human consciousness with sensitive physical devices, systems and processes common to contemporary engineering practice.

A fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Jahn has received the Curtis McGraw Research Award of the American Society of Engineering Education. He has served as a member of the NASA Space Systems and Technology Advisory Committee,
a board member of Hercules Inc., vice president of the Society for Scientific Exploration and a board member of the International Consciousness Research Laboratories Consortium.


Wilson joined the faculty in 1960, and also has served in a number of administrative posts, including assistant dean of the college from 1965 to 1972, chair of the Department of Religion from 1973 to 1980 and master of Forbes Col-lege from 1983 to 1992. Most recently, he was dean of the Graduate School from 1994 to 2002.

He has been credited with reshaping graduate education at Princeton through initiatives that increased financial support for students and with raising the school's profile through outreach efforts, including the school's centennial celebration in 2000-01.

A specialist in American religious history whose scholarly research has focused on religion and public life and religious thought, Wilson won the University's Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the humanities in 1992. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary.



June 16, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 29
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Commencement 2003
Tilghman counsels graduates to have courage to take action
Four faculty members recognized for their outstanding teaching
Commencement highlights on Web
Commencement snapshots
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Engineering school in good hands with Klawe
Technology center and Muldoon create online poetry initiative
New collection documents travels with President Woodrow Wilson
Tuition grant increased
University picnic

Bialek, Johnson named to endowed professorships
New faculty members appointed
Board approves 22 promotions
Faculty resignations
Three faculty members transfer to emeritus status
Professor had eclectic mix of interests
People, spotlight, briefs, retirements, obituaries

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