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Name: Amada Sandoval.
Position: Director of the Women's Center. Running the 32-year-old center, which is a place for exploration of and activism about issues relating to women and gender. Organizing programming and outreach activities on eating concerns, relationships, sexual harassment, gender issues, religious faith, politics and women's physical, mental and sexual health. Scheduling events such as a monthly lunch for women of color, a forum on athletics and homophobia and a dinner on feminism at Princeton.
Quote: "I really enjoy making an intellectual connection with students as well as addressing their personal learning. At this age, students need the opportunity to challenge themselves about how they think about their lives."
Other interests: Working on her dissertation on film noir and hard-boiled detective fiction from the late 1930s and early 1940s. Practicing yoga. Spending time with her 4-year-old son, Sandoval.
Robert Cava, professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, has been named a fellow of the American Ceramic Society.
Fellows are elected based on their outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences, their broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology, and their achievement in ceramic industry or outstanding service to the society.
As a scientist at Bell Labs in the 1980s, Cava was part of the group that led the discovery of high-temperature superconductors, which are made of advanced ceramics. In the intervening years, he has become an international authority on superconductivity and holds many patents on superconducting materials. He has been a faculty member at Princeton since 1996.
Leonard Barkan, the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature, has won the Morton Dawen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The award, intended to recognize a "progressive, original and experimental writer," is given in biennial sequence to a poet, a fiction writer and a critic. Other critics who have won the award over the years are George Steiner, Clement Greenberg, Edward Said and Eve Sedgwick. Princeton faculty members C.K. Williams and Yusef Komunyakaa also have won the award for their poetry.
Barkan, who is director of Princeton's Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, specializes in Renaissance litera-ture and art history, as well as drama. His publications include "Unearthing the Past: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Making of Renaissance Culture" (Yale University Press, 2000), which has earned five major prizes.
The academy was founded in 1898 to "foster, assist and sustain an interest in literature, music and the fine arts." Each year, it honors some 50 artists, architects, writers and composers with awards.