Press Releases

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

Richard Taylor, Robert and Luisa Fernholz Professor in the School of Mathematics, received the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, which recognizes major advances in the field and supports future endeavors in mathematics. Taylor is honored for “numerous breakthrough results in the theory of automorphic forms, including the Taniyama-Weil conjecture, the local Langlands conjecture for general linear groups and the Sato-Tate conjecture.”

PRESS CONTACT: Christine Ferrara, (609) 734-8239

Leading scholar of Islamic intellectual history Sabine Schmidtke, whose innovative and insightful work has shaped new understanding of the classical and post-classical Islamic world, has been appointed Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, with effect from July 1, 2014.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

The Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University will cohost Strings 2014 on June 23-27, which convenes international experts and researchers to discuss string theory. Preceding the conference, the Institute and Princeton will also host the thirteenth annual Prospects in Theoretical Physics (PiTP) summer program from June 16-20 for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in string theory, who this year will also take part in Strings 2014. A total of 600 attendees are expected during Strings 2014, which would make it one of the largest Strings conferences since their inception in 1995.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Margaret Levi and Shirley Tilghman to its Board of Trustees. Levi has been nominated by the Institute’s School of Social Science. She is the Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita at the University of Washington. Levi will succeed William H. Sewell, Jr., Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History, who served the last five years. Tilghman is President Emerita of Princeton University and serves as Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs at Princeton. Both appointments were effective May 3, 2014.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

This May, the annual Program for Women and Mathematics will bring together research mathematicians and undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral women studying mathematics for an intensive residential mentoring program. The 2014 lecture series will explore random matrix theory, and marks the end of the Institute for Advanced Study’s yearlong special program on non-equilibrium dynamics and random matrices in its School of Mathematics. The program, now in its twenty-first year, will take place May 12–23 on the campus of the Institute and is sponsored by the Institute and Princeton University, with support from the National Science Foundation.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

On Friday, May 2Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, will give a public lecture, Climate, Conflict, and Historical Method, at 5:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. Di Cosmo will discuss how historians can contribute to investigating the relationships between climate change, ecology and human activity. In addition to searching for anthropogenic climate change, scientific research is making available volumes of data on the possible correlations between environmental change and social transformations over long periods of time. Yet, how strong and how precise a correlation one might be able to establish between phenomena like droughts, floods and volcanic eruptions and the emergence of conflict, the migration of peoples or the collapse of civilizations, remain open questions.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and former Member (2005–07) in the School of Social Science, will return to the Institute to give a public lecture, “(dis)honesty, which will take place Friday, May 9, at 5:00 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall. This lecture is sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).

PRESS CONTACT: Christine Ferrara, (609) 734-8239

The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed Fred Van Sickle as its new Chief Development Officer. Mr. Van Sickle is currently Executive Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations at Columbia University, where he led the team that recently completed the $6.1 billion Columbia Campaign. He is an accomplished and versatile leader in fundraising, alumni affairs and constituent relations with extensive and wide-ranging experience in higher education. Mr. Van Sickle will replace Michael Gehret, who is retiring from the Institute on March 31 after 8 years of dedicated leadership and service.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

PRINCETON, N.J.– In 1862, the Japanese government, seeing the writing on the wall of international relations and recognizing that it would be impossible to continue keeping itself from much greater foreign contacts, launched its first foreign mission. In the lecture, “Maiden Voyage: The Senzaimaru and the Creation of Modern Sino-Japanese Relations,”Joshua Fogel, Canada Research Chair and Professor at York University and former Mellon Visiting Professor (2001–03) in the School of Historical Studies, will discuss how this mission revolutionized Sino-Japanese relations. The lecture will take place Monday, March 31, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dilworth Room in Simons Hall on the Institute campus.

This lecture is supported by the Dr. S.T. Lee Fund for Historical Studies.

PRESS CONTACT: Alexandra Altman, (609) 951-4406

On Wednesday, March 26, Vladimir Voevodsky, Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, will give a public lecture, Univalent Foundations: New Foundations of Mathematics, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute campus. The Institute for Advanced Study is pleased to designate this lecture in honor of the Princeton Adult School’s 75th Anniversary. The Institute supports and shares the Adult School’s mission to promote and foster lifelong learning and exploration in the Princeton community and beyond.

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