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Princeton University People News

Selected stories featuring members of the Princeton University community.


Faculty named to endowed professorships

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:45:00 -0400

Four faculty members have been named to endowed professorships, effective July 1, 2017.

'New England Bound': Warren explores colonialism and slavery

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:44:00 -0400

Wendy Warren's book, "New England Bound," explores the history of chattel bondage — enslaved people held as property — in 17th-century New England.

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William Baumol, economist of broad range and influence, dies at 95

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:17:00 -0400

William Baumol, who made major contributions across a wide swath of economics and mentored two future Princeton University presidents, died Thursday, May 4, in New York. He was 95 years old.

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FACULTY HONOR: Masse receives French cultural honor

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:04:44 -0400

Florent Masse, senior lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and the director of the French student theater ensemble L'Avant-Scène, has been named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France's minister of culture Audrey Azoulay for "his attachment to French culture and action in favor of its promotion in the United States." The Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.

RESEARCH HONOR: Islam and Maya named Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:36:46 -0400

Princeton doctoral candidates Sarah Islam and Gustavo Maya are among the 21 scholars who have been named 2017 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Jin Yun Chow named valedictorian, Grant Storey selected as salutatorian

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:29:00 -0400

Jin Yun Chow, a comparative literature major from Hong Kong, has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton's Class of 2017. Grant Storey, a computer science major from Berkeley, California, has been named the Latin salutatorian. 

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Fung Global Fellows to focus on the culture and politics of resentment

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:25:00 -0400

Six exceptional early career scholars from around the world will come to Princeton University this fall to begin a year of research, writing and collaboration as the fifth cohort of Fung Global Fellows.

Ten graduate students celebrated for excellence in teaching and service

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:22:00 -0400

The Graduate School has presented nine graduate students with its annual Teaching Awards in recognition of their outstanding abilities as teachers. An additional one-time Service in Teaching Award also was granted this year.

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Gerard Washnitzer, learned and spirited professor of mathematics, dies at 91

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:25:00 -0400

Gerard Washnitzer, a Princeton University professor of mathematics, emeritus, known for his work in algebraic geometry and lively personality, died April 2 in hospice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He was 91.

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FACULTY AWARD: Eight win Guggenheim Fellowships

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:36:03 -0400

Eight Princeton faculty members have received 2017 Guggenheim Fellowships — they are among 173 fellowships from a group of almost 3,000 applicants awarded on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. The recipients are: Mark Beissinger, the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics, for a project that concerns how revolution as a mode of regime-change has evolved globally over the past century; B. Andrei Bernevig, professor of physics, who focuses on quantum condensed matter physics; Linda Colley, the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, for a forthcoming book on how rising levels of conflict after 1750 fostered the worldwide spread of new constitutions; Phil Klay, lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for fiction; Aaron Landsman, visiting associate professor and Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Council of the Humanities, for drama and performance art; Fiona Maazel, lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for fiction; Claudia Rankine, visiting professor of creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, for poetry; and Stacy Wolf, professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, for her forthcoming book, "Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S."

RESEARCH HONOR: Coverdale receives ESA Graduate Student Policy Award

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:54:13 -0400

Tyler Coverdale, a graduate student in Princeton University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was one of six graduate students nationwide to receive a Graduate Student Policy Award from The Ecological Society of America. Recipients will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and discuss the importance of federal funding for the biological and ecological sciences.

Salsa and selfies: Social media memories

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:46:00 -0400

Hundreds of Latino alumni took part in the ¡Adelante Tigres! conference last weekend, filling classrooms and auditoriums and tents to get reacquainted and make new friends. The conference also played out with "selfies" and commentary in real time on social media. This Storify presentation rounds up the weekend. 

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Celebrating Latino alumni at Princeton

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:42:00 -0400

Princeton alumni describe their individual experiences on campus and the collective history of Latino students at the University from the 1800s to today in this video that was played at the opening session of the ¡Adelante Tigres! conference Friday.

'Princeton Portraits' focuses on diverse backgrounds of University administrators

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0500

The University unveiled the "Princeton Portraits" project Monday on a website that, in a multimedia display of the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion, showcases the varied backgrounds and perspectives of 32 campus administrators.

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FACULTY AWARD: Lisanti named 2017 Cottrell Scholar

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 -0500

Mariangela Lisanti, a Princeton University assistant professor of physics, was among 24 early-career scientists nationwide to be named a 2017 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Lisanti received the $100,000 award for her project, "Confronting the Dark Matter Paradigm: New Approaches for Direct and Indirect Detection."

FACULTY AWARD: Six Princeton faculty named 2017 Sloan Fellows

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Six Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2017 Sloan Research Fellows. Awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the $60,000 fellowships recognize promising early-career scientists who have been nominated by their colleagues. Recipients can use the grants as they wish to further their research.

FACULTY HONOR: Tarnita named ESA Early Career Fellow

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Corina Tarnita, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a Princeton Environmental Institute associated faculty member, was among seven researchers nationwide to be named an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Fellows will be honored during an awards ceremony in August.

FACULTY AWARD: Spergel receives NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:05:12 -0500

David Spergel, Princeton University's Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and professor of astrophysical sciences, has received NASA's Exceptional Public Service Medal for service on various NASA panels, including the NASA Advisory Council. The medal is awarded to any non-government individual for important contributions to NASA projects, programs or initiatives.

Prentice to succeed Lee as Princeton provost

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Dean of the Faculty Deborah Prentice will take office as Princeton University's provost on July 1, succeeding Provost David Lee. Lee has decided to return to full-time teaching and research after serving since 2013 as the University's second-ranking officer.

FACULTY AWARD: Philander receives Vetlesen Prize for unraveling El Niño's effects

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:15:00 -0500

S. George Philander, Princeton University's Knox Taylor Professor of Geosciences, will share the 2017 Vetlesen Prize for his work in uncovering the global scale of El Niño, the world's most powerful weather cycle. Established in 1959, the biennial prize is presented by Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and includes a $250,000 prize.

FACULTY AWARD: Chirik awarded 2017 ACS Catalysis lectureship

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Paul Chirik, Princeton University's Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, has been awarded the 2017 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science by the American Chemical Society. Chirik is being recognized for his contributions to catalytic chemistry in the last decade.

FACULTY AWARD: Fefferman shares 2017 Wolf Prize in Mathematics

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Charles Fefferman, Princeton University's Herbert E. Jones, Jr. '43 University Professor of Mathematics, will share the 2017 Wolf Prize in Mathematics awarded by the Wolf Foundation in Israel. Fefferman was honored for his "major contributions to several fields, including several complex variables, partial differential equations and subelliptic problems." Bestowed annually since 1978, the Wolf Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics. Fefferman, who shares the prize with Richard Schoen of Stanford University, is one of numerous Princeton faculty and alumni to receive the prize.

RESEARCH AWARD: Three Princeton faculty members awarded NEH grants

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:18:47 -0500

Three Princeton faculty members have received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Amy Borovoy, associate professor of East Asian studies, received a $33,600 grant under the Fellowships for Advanced Research on Japan for the project "Organ Donation and Medical Practices in Modern Japanese Culture." Lara Harb, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies, received a $50,400 grant under the Fellowships for University Teachers for the project "The Concept of Imitation in Classical Arabic Literature." Anna Shields, professor of East Asian studies, received a $33,600 grant under the Fellowships for University Teachers for the project "Construction of the Tang Dynasty Literary Legacy by Scholars in the Five Dynasties and Northern Song." The NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.

FACULTY AWARD: Okeke-Agulu wins Herskovits Award from African Studies Association

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:05:47 -0500

Chika Okeke-Agulu, associate professor of art and archaeology and African American studies, has been awarded the Melville J. Herskovits Award from the African Studies Association (ASA) for his book "Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in 20th-Century Nigeria" (Duke University Press, 2015). The award is given to the author of the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English during the preceding year. The ASA, established in 1952, encourages the production and dissemination of knowledge about Africa's political, economic, social, cultural, artistic, scientific and environmental landscape. Okeke-Agulu accepted the award on Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C.

Dougherty to retire as director of Princeton University Press in 2017

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0500

Peter Dougherty, who has been director of the Princeton University Press since 2005 and over the past decade has led the Press in publishing books by a dozen Nobel Prize winners among many important titles, will retire at the end of December 2017.

FACULTY AWARD: Giombi and Pretorius receive New Horizons in Physics Prizes

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:11:34 -0500

Princeton University faculty members Simone Giombi, an assistant professor of physics, and Frans Pretorius, a professor of physics, have each received a 2017 New Horizons in Physics Prize. The prize, which includes a $100,000 award, recognizes early-career researchers who have already produced important work in fundamental physics.

Jessica Lee named director of admission

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:30:00 -0500

Jessica Lee, who has served in senior admission positions at Princeton University and Barnard College, has been named director of admission at Princeton, effective immediately.

Whang named Princeton's next vice president for facilities

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:00:00 -0500

KyuJung Whang, vice president of infrastructure, properties and planning at Cornell University, has been named Princeton University's next vice president for facilities. Whang, who has 35 years of experience in facilities management, campus planning and architecture, will start at Princeton on Jan. 23.

FACULTY HONOR: Groth, Kang and Wood named AAAS Fellows

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0500

Three Princeton University faculty members have been named 2016 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for thier scientifically or socially distinguished work. Recognized from Princeton were Edward Groth, professor of physics, emeritus; Yibin Kang, the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology; and Eric Wood, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. New fellows will be recognized during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston in February.