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Tracy K. Smith, an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton, has been named the winner of the 2006 James Laughlin Award by the Academy of American Poets.

The $5,000 prize recognizes and supports a poet’s second book. Smith’s “Duende” is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in June 2007. She received the award and gave a reading on Nov. 8 at the New School in New York City.

Smith joined the Princeton faculty this summer after serving as a visiting assistant professor for a year. She also has taught at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York, the City University of New York and the University of Pittsburgh.

Smith’s “The Body’s Question” (Graywolf, 2003), was chosen to receive the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a prestigious award for a first book by an African American poet. She also has earned a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award and a Whiting Writers’ Award.

Avinash Dixit, the John J.F. Sherrerd ’52 University Professor of Economics, has been elected president-elect of the American Economic Association.

He will begin his two-year term in January, serving as president-elect for a year and then president. In 2002, Dixit was vice president of the association, which has 18,000 members from academic institutions, business and industry, government and nonprofit organizations. He also was president of the Econometric Society in 2001.

A Princeton faculty member since 1981, Dixit currently directs undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics. This year, he won the Richard E. Quandt Teaching Prize for his outstanding work with undergraduates.

Dixit’s research interests have included microeconomic theory, game theory, international trade, industrial organization, growth and development theories, public economics, political economy and the new institutional economics. He is the author of several books and of numerous articles in professional journals and collective volumes. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2005.

Dixit has held visiting scholar positions at the International Monetary Fund, the London School of Economics, the Institute for International Economic Studies (Stockholm) and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Faculty submit resignations

The following faculty members have submitted their resignations:

Effective July 1, 2006: Jordan Ellenberg, assistant professor of mathematics, to accept a position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Mario Small, assistant professor of sociology, to accept a position at the University of Chicago.

Effective Sept. 1, 2006: Nissan Itzhaki, assistant professor of physics, to accept a position at Tel Aviv University.

Effective Jan. 1, 2007: Scott Tremaine, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation, to accept a position at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Effective July 1, 2007: Sarah-Jane Mathieu, assistant professor of history, to accept a position at the University of Minnesota; Uros Siljak, assistant professor of physics.


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