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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   November 13, 2006, Vol. 96, No. 9   prev   next   current

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Princeton faculty members Emily Carter and William Russel will be honored by the American Chemical Society this spring.

Carter, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will receive the 2007 ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research. Russel, the Arthur Marks *19 Professor of Chemical Engineering and dean of the Graduate School, will receive the 2007 ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry.

Both will have scientific symposiums held in their honor during the society’s meeting in Chicago in March.

Carter’s award is intended to recognize and encourage the use of computers in the advancement of the chemical and biological sciences. A Princeton faculty member since 2004, she creates state-of-the-art computer simulations that model complex phenomena in chemistry and materials science. The ultimate practical goal of such work is to engineer nanomaterials — materials designed on an atom-by-atom level — that perform better than existing materials or replace them altogether.

Carter’s lab is supported by seven different grants and includes nine graduate students and four postdoctoral researchers. One of her funders is the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, for which she is developing new thermal barrier coatings that could increase the lifetime of jet engines.

The society cited Russel “for seminal theoretical and experimental contributions to fundamental understanding of the phase behavior, structure and rheology of colloidal dispersions.” His research interests focus on developing a fundamental understanding and ability to manipulate colloids, which are fine particles dispersed in a fluid. The work has broad applications from the improvement of paints to the development of self-assembling materials used in advanced optical-electronic devices.

Russel has been a member of the Princeton faculty since 1974 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1992. He has served as dean of the Graduate School since 2002.

The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded fellowships to four Princeton faculty members and one graduate student to support their research in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.

This year the council provided fellowships totaling more than $5.5 million to more than 200 scholars. Princeton’s recipients, along with the titles of their research projects, are:

• Amy Borovoy, assistant professor of East Asian studies, “Japan Studies and the American Anthropology of the Self.”

• Benjamin Elman, professor of East Asian studies and history, for a conference titled “The ‘Rituals of Zhou’ in Chinese and East Asian History: Premodern Asian Statecraft in Comparative Context.”

• Kevin Hatch, graduate student in art history, “Looking for Bruce Conner: Assemblage, Films, Drawings, 1957-1967.”

• Wendy Heller, associate professor of music, “Pan Pipes and the Triumph of Bacchus: Baroque Dramatic Music and the Uses of Antiquity.”

• Martin Kern, professor of East Asian studies, “Performance, Poetry and Cultural Memory in Early China.”

The American Council of Learned Societies is a private nonprofit federation of 68 national scholarly organizations that seeks to advance studies in all fields in the humanities and the social sciences.

Pietro Frassica has been awarded the Val Comino Prize for his 2004 book, “Variants and Invariants in Evoked Themes,” which analyzes the works of several 20th-century Italian authors.

The prize, which he received at an Oct. 1 ceremony in Alvito, Italy, also recognizes Frassica for his distinguished career of scholarship in Italian literary studies. The prize is organized by the town of Alvito, which is near Rome, under the auspices of the Italian government.

Frassica has been a professor of Italian at Princeton since 1976. His work has covered the early Renaissance, the 18th century, and contemporary literature and theater. He has written more than 60 scholarly and popular articles, and is the author of five books. In 1998 Frassica was the recipient of the Italian-American Hall of Fame award, and in 2001 received an “I migliori” prize from the Pirandello Society of Boston.


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