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Patricia Bruno (photo: Elle Starkman)



Name: Patricia Bruno.

Position: Environmental technician at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Taking samples of rain, ground and surface water for testing as part of the environmental monitoring program.

Quote: “Working here is like being part of history in the making. The laboratory is researching and developing fusion power, a renewable, sustainable energy source. It’s important to the future of the United States and the world.”

Other interests: Surf fishing with her husband, Jay, and their children: Traci, 19; Madison, 6; and Christian, 2. Taking photographs of landscapes and family members. Serving as a Sunday school teacher at the Ascension Lutheran Church in New Brunswick.


Professor of English Jeff Nunokawa, who has been serving this year as acting master of Rockefeller College, has been appointed to a full four-year term as master.

Rockefeller College is one of Princeton’s six residential colleges. Nunokawa’s term will run through the 2010-11 academic year. He succeeds Maria DiBattista, professor of English and comparative literature, who concluded her second term as master of Rockefeller College at the end of the 2006-07 academic year.

In addition, two college masters have been reappointed for their second four-year terms, beginning in July: Marguerite Browning, associate professor of linguistics in the Council of the Humanities, in Wilson College; and Sanjeev Kulkarni, professor of electrical engineering, in Butler College.

Nunokawa joined the Princeton faculty in 1988. He teaches and conducts research on such diverse topics as the Victorian novel, literary theory and criticism, lesbian and gay literary theory, and Asian American literature.

The appointments were announced by Nancy Malkiel, dean of the college, and Kathleen Deignan, dean of undergraduate students. A faculty member serves as the head of each of Princeton’s residential colleges. The masters work closely with their staffs to build supportive communities and to devise programs and activities to extend education beyond the classroom.


Jeremiah Ostriker, professor of astrophysical sciences, has been elected treasurer of the National Academy of Sciences.

During his four-year term beginning July 1, he will be responsible for the financial oversight of the academy and the National Research Council and will serve on the council’s board of governors.

Ostriker, who also is director of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, has been a faculty member at the University since 1965. He served as provost from 1995 to 2001. In 2000, he was named a winner of the National Medal of Science in recognition of his contributions to the field of astrophysics.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that provides science advice under a congressional charter. The academy membership is made up of approximately 2,000 members and 350 foreign associates, including more than 200 who have won Nobel Prizes. Members and foreign associates of the academy are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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