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Rouse named Wilson School dean

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Cecilia Rouse (Photo: Jon Roemer/Office of Communications)
Economics and public affairs professor Cecilia Rouse has been named the new dean of the Woodrow Wilson School. Rouse, a faculty member for two decades, fills the post previously held by Christina Paxson, who resigned in June to become president of Brown University.
 
Rouse is a well-known scholar of the economics of education. She served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2011.
 
In an announcement of the appointment, President Tilghman said, “Her scholarly distinction in the fields of labor economics and education policy, coupled with her extensive experience in Washington, epitomize the best of the school’s tradition of applying rigorous social science research to inform public policy.”
 
“My goal will be to elevate even further the school’s stature and impact in the policy arena,” Rouse said. “It should be the go-to place for anyone interested in dynamic, insightful, timely domestic and international policy analysis and dialogue, and where a diverse set of undergraduate and graduate students are trained to become the policy leaders of the future."
 
Rouse joined the Princeton faculty in 1992 after earning her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. In 2001, she started the Education Research Section, an interdisciplinary unit at the Wilson School that promotes the use of research in education decision-making.

Wilson School Dean Paxson named president of Brown

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Woodrow Wilson School Dean Christina Paxson, in 2009. (Photo: Larry Levanti/Courtesy Woodrow Wilson School)
Economist Christina Paxson, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, will become the president of Brown University in July. She succeeds Ruth Simmons, who was an administrator at Princeton for a decade.
 
“The search committee at Brown University has made a truly inspired choice for its 19th president, although it means that Princeton will lose one of its most distinguished faculty members and effective academic administrators,” President Tilghman said.
 
Dean since 2009, Paxson has led the Wilson School though a period of significant change. Selective admission to the school will end next year as major changes in the undergraduate curriculum take effect.
 
Paxson, a professor of economics and public affairs at the University for 26 years, said she was grateful for “incredible opportunities to develop as a teacher, scholar, and administrator.” Her recent research has focused on economic status and health outcomes over the life course, especially on the health and welfare of children. In 2000 she founded the Center for Health and Wellbeing, a research center in the Wilson School.
 
“I am drawn to Brown’s distinctive approach to education and scholarship, with its emphasis on intellectual independence and free inquiry,” she said.
 

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A moment with Dean Christina Paxson (Sept. 23, 2009, issue)

Award winners Mueller ’66 and Jackson *86 highlight Alumni Day

Each of Alumni Day’s top honorees dreamed of becoming doctors, they said in campus addresses Feb. 25, but FBI director Robert Mueller III ’66 and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson *86 ended up on very different paths. Each talked about how formative experiences at Princeton and elsewhere reshaped their career paths and led to their leadership of government agencies.
 
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Woodrow Wilson Award recipient Robert Mueller III ’66. (Photo: Denise Applewhite/Office of Communications)
For Mueller, the Woodrow Wilson Award winner, a difficult Princeton class on organic chemistry derailed his plans for a medical career, he said in remarks in Richardson Auditorium. He earned his bachelor’s degree in politics instead. But it was the death of David Hackett ’65 on a Vietnam battlefield that helped set Mueller on the path to public service, he explained. Hackett and Mueller played together on Princeton’s lacrosse team.
 
“One would have thought that the life of a Marine, and David’s death in Vietnam, would argue strongly against following in his footsteps. But many of us saw in him the person we wanted to be,” Mueller said. “And a number of his friends, teammates, and associates joined the Marine Corps because of him, as did I. … He taught us the true meaning of leadership. One teammate can change your life. And David Hackett changed mine.” 
 
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James Madison Medalist Lisa P. Jackson *86. (Photo: Denise Applewhite/Office of Communications)
Jackson, who won the James Madison Medal, spoke about being one of the few women in Princeton’s chemical engineering graduate program, from which she earned a master’s degree in 1986. Her interest in science and math, she said, began with a calculator that she received at an engineering summer camp, and was fueled by attending an all-girls’ high school. “The qualities that have traditionally discouraged young women from pursuing science — that we are not interested in a cold and hard and disconnected discipline — are a misrepresentation of both women and science,” she said.
 
She initially wanted to be a doctor “because I wanted to help people by treating them when they got sick. I came to realize that if I studied chemical engineering, and started working to protect our environment, I could help people by making sure they didn’t get sick in the first place.” Studying at Princeton “set the trajectory for my entire life. This university is where I had the opportunity to fully immerse myself in what became one of the greatest passions of my life — the exploration of science.”
 

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Football standout Chuck Dibilio ’15 suffers a stroke

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Chuck Dibilio ’15 (Beverly Schaefer)
Football standout Chuck Dibilio ’15 suffered a stroke Jan. 19, the University said in a statement.
 
He was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where doctors removed a clot in the main artery of Dibilio’s brain, according to the player’s father, Chuck Dibilio Sr. He said doctors were uncertain about his son’s long-term prognosis or the cause of the stroke.
 
Dibilio suffered the stroke in the evening while studying with a group of people during the University’s finals period, according to The Daily Princetonian.
 
Rob Melosky, who was Dibilio’s football coach at Nazareth (Pa.) High School, told the Allentown, Pa., newspaper The Morning Call that Dibilio has movement in his extremities but is struggling with his speech.
 
Dibilio, a tailback, was the breakout star of the Ivy League during the 2011 season. He rushed for 1,068 yards, the most by a non-transfer student in Ivy League history. He was named the 2011 Ivy League Football Rookie of the Year.

Civil-rights leader Bob Moses marks MLK Day

Civil-rights leader Bob Moses called on an audience of young people to work on an unfinished piece of business from the 1960s during the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 16.

Inviting some 90 schoolchildren to join him on the stage in Richardson Auditorium, Moses, who was a key figure in the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project to register black voters, said, “We were able to get segregation out of three areas of the country’s life: public accommodations, the right to vote, and the national Democratic party. But we did not get segregation and Jim Crow out of education, and that’s going to be your job. You are going to have to do that in this century.”

Moses, who holds a one-year appointment as a visiting fellow at Princeton, will co-teach a course this spring focusing on education and labor policies through the lens of race.

In her introductory remarks, President Tilghman said the annual King Day event is more than a national holiday for people such as Moses, who toiled for racial justice and equality in the 1950s and 1960s. “For these men and women, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not so much a time to commemorate the achievements of half a century ago, profoundly important as they were, as it is a time to rededicate ourselves to the challenge of creating a more equitable and humane society,” Tilghman said.

Princeton’s MLK Day Journey Awards were presented to Miguel Centeno, a sociology professor who founded the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which provides low-income high school students with intensive preparation for college; and Sandra Mukasa ’12, who has been a leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues on campus and has worked for women’s rights in Africa.

West *80 to leave Princeton faculty

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Cornel West *80 (Office of Communications)

Cornel West *80, one of Princeton’s most prominent faculty members — and a major draw for students — is leaving the University.

 
West, a provocative figure known for his advocacy for liberal causes — and frequent sharp tongue — will rejoin the faculty at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he began his career in 1977.
 
“It’s a devastating loss for Princeton,” said Eddie S. Glaude Jr. *97, the head of Princeton’s Center for African American Studies, which West helped to create and grow, drawing other well-known scholars. “We’re losing a master teacher. His office hours are legendary — they last well into the night.”
 
Enrollment in West’s introductory African-American Studies course topped 400. A freshman seminar on “Great Books,” co-taught with conservative activist Robert George, was also popular. More than 100 students applied for 15 slots in his freshman seminar on how great thinkers have responded to the problem of evil. West is on leave this year.
 

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