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New faculty members approved

Princeton NJ — The Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of five new professors, including three full professors, one associate professor and one assistant professor.

The full professors are: Adam Burrows, professor of astrophysical sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2008; Monika Piazzesi, professor of economics, effective Sept. 1, 2008; and Martin Schneider, professor of economics, effective Sept. 1, 2008.

In addition, John Storey has been appointed associate professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, effective Feb. 1, 2008. Gayle Salamon has been appointed assistant professor of English for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2008.

Burrows joined the Princeton faculty from the University of Arizona, where he had been a faculty member since 1986 and served as chair of the theoretical astrophysics program for eight years. 

Burrows’ research interests include supernovae, extrasolar planets, nuclear astrophysics, neutron stars, low-mass stars and gravitational-wave astrophysics. He has published some 200 scientific papers and has served on numerous national committees, including NASA committees exploring the origins, structure and evolution of the universe.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona faculty, Burrows was a research associate and visiting assistant professor at the State University of New York-Stony Brook.

Burrows is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. He earned an A.B. in physics from Princeton in 1975 and holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Piazzesi will come to Princeton from the University of Chicago, where she has been a faculty member in the Graduate School of Business since 2003. 

Piazzesi’s research focuses on the connection between asset prices and macroeconomics. 

She has developed influential models of the yield curve for bonds, which have led to changes in forecasting models employed by the Federal Reserve. While most of Piazzesi’s work focuses on fixed-income securities, she also has written about real estate and equity. 

Piazzesi received the 2006 Elaine Bennett Research Prize by the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, which recognizes outstanding research by a woman at the beginning of her career. In 2005, she was awarded the Bernácer Prize by the Observatory of the European Central Bank, which recognizes a European economist under 40 who has made outstanding contributions to macroeconomics and finance.

A graduate of the University of Bonn in Germany, Piazzesi received a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She was a faculty member at the University of California-Los Angeles from 2000 to 2003.

Schneider, whose research interests include macroeconomics, financial economics and international finance, will join the Princeton faculty from New York University, where he has been a faculty member since 2003. 

Schneider conducts research on price formation and trading in credit, equity and real estate markets. He has developed a new model of how economic agents react to ambiguity, which he has applied to portfolio choice and stock pricing. His work also has shown how accounting for investor heterogeneity can answer a number of questions in international capital markets. 

Schneider was a faculty member at the University of Rochester from 1999 to 2000 and at the University of California-Los Angeles from 2000 to 2003. He is a graduate of the University of Bonn and earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University. 

Storey will come to Princeton from the University of Washington, where he has served on the faculty since 2003.

Storey’s research focuses on statistical genomics, computational biology and applied statistics. The aim of his research is to develop and apply quantitative techniques in genomics, with a major focus on questions involving gene expression experiments. His work has been published in the Journal of Computational Biology, Nature, Genome Research and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, among other journals.

Storey is a graduate of North Carolina State University and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He was a faculty member at the University of California-Berkeley from 2002 to 2003.

Salamon has been a postdoctoral scholar in Princeton’s Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts since 2005. She holds the Cotsen LGBT Studies Fellowship, funded by an endowment from the Fund for Reunion, the University’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender alumni association. Her areas of specialization include feminist philosophy, queer and gender theory, and 20th-century continental philosophy. A graduate of Grinnell College, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.

Five named to endowed posts

Five faculty members have been named to endowed professorships, effective Sept. 1, 2007. They are:

Diana Fuss, the Louis W. Fairchild ’24 Professor of English.

Sheldon Garon, the Dodge Professor of History and East Asian Studies.

Eddie Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies.

Martha Himmelfarb, the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion.

Stephen Kotkin, the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History.

Board approves four promotions

The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of four faculty members. The faculty members and their departments, by the academic rank to which they are being promoted, are:

Assistant professorMichael Freedman, computer science, for a three-and-a-half-year term, effective Feb. 1, 2008; Matthew Salganik, sociology, for a three-year term, effective Sept. 1, 2007.

Senior lecturerAntonio Calvo, Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures; Florent Masse, French and Italian. Both are for three-and-a-half-year terms, effective Feb. 1, 2008.

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