Names in the news

i-cb871462d587ce5377455ff9e2535dd3-wb_alumni.jpgThree of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture have Princeton ties: A Serious Man was written and directed by Ethan Coen ’79 and his brother Joel (the pair also received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay); The Blind Side is based on a book by Michael Lewis ’82; and Up in the Air is based on a novel by Walter Kirn ’83. [Oscar.com]

Stony Brook University mathematics professor Dennis Sullivan *66 is one of seven winners of the 2010 Wolf Prize in Mathematics, a prestigious award based in Israel. The prize committee selected Sullivan for his innovative contributions to algebraic topology and conformal dynamics. [Jerusalem Post]

Physician and women’s health advocate Donnica Moore ’81 appeared in a January Good Morning America segment about “America’s Dirtiest Hotel Rooms.” [ABC News]

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf ’91, the senior rabbi at Adas Israel in Washington, D.C., offered the prayer to open the U.S. House of Representatives’ Jan. 27 session. [House.gov]

Nan Sutter Hayworth ’81, a former ophthalmologist from Mount Kisco, N.Y., is running on the Republican ticket for the congressional seat in New York’s 19th district. [Times Herald-Record]

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