Vinnakota and Max to receive top alumni awards

by Jennifer Greenstein Altmann

The University will present its top honors for alumni to Rajiv Vinnakota, co-founder of the nation’s first urban boarding school for disadvantaged students, and Claire Max, an astrophysicist who has developed techniques to enable astronomers to more clearly observe the universe. Vinnakota, a member of Princeton’s class of 1993, has been chosen for the Woodrow Wilson Award. Max, who earned a Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton in 1972, will be awarded the James Madison Medal.

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Citizen scientist: Mian informs South Asian nuclear debate

by Emily Aronson

Zia Mian has embraced the role of citizen scientist since he began pondering nuclear disarmament issues more than two decades ago. A research scientist with the Program on Science and Global Security in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Mian uses his training as a physicist to inform international policymakers, government officials and the general public about the dangers of nuclear weapons.

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Board approves appointments of 16 new faculty members

The appointments of 16 new faculty members, three as full professors and 13 as assistant professors, have been approved by the Board of Trustees.

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ACC begins implementing strategic plan on high-risk drinking

by Ruth Stevens

The Alcohol Coalition Committee (ACC), a group of students, faculty and staff appointed last year to address high-risk drinking among undergraduates, is continuing its work this year. The ACC is collaborating with key University offices through small working groups and executive teams to begin to focus on the initiatives proposed in the strategic plan this past May, which is available at ...

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United Way campaign kicks off Nov. 12

This fall, Princeton once again will support the United Way of Greater Mercer County’s annual fundraising campaign. The University’s drive will take place from Wednesday, Nov. 12, through Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Last year, faculty, staff and retirees contributed $208,409.72. These funds helped the United Way to provide relief to people in the local community over the past year. The theme for the 2008 United Way Campaign is “Live United.”

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Postdoctoral scholars join interdisciplinary community

Five new postdoctoral scholars have joined the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts this year. The society, created in 2000 by a gift from Charter Trustee Lloyd Cotsen, is an interdisciplinary community that seeks to bring innovative approaches to scholarship and teaching at Princeton. It offers outstanding young scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. the opportunity to enhance their teaching and research over a period of three years.

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Sustainability funding proposals sought

Faculty, staff and students are invited to apply for support for sustainability projects on campus through the University’s High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Nov. 21.

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