Cool prize for chiller plant

The Module 7 Chiller Plant, the space-age apparition next to Murphy Field, will be honored by the American Institute of Architects at its May convention. It will receive one of 14 Honor Awards, the most noteworthy way the AIA recognizes excellence in the field. Completed in August, the plant, designed by Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates, provides the University with air conditioning and cooling water for campus buildings.

Tom C. Lubensky, Ph.D., professor of physics, has been elected to a fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The AAAS honored Lubensky for “seminal contributions to condensed matter theory, including liquid crystals, complex fluids, random systems, and phase transitions and critical phenomena.”

Paul E. Wallner, D.O., clinical professor and vice chairman in the department of radiation oncology, has been elected chairman of the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research, the only agency in the state dedicated to funding cancer research. The commission promotes and funds significant cancer research projects proposed and carried out by New Jersey scientists.

Marc Trachtenberg, Ph.D., professor of history, was awarded the George Lois Beer Prize and the Paul Birdsall Prize from the American Historical Association for his recent book, “A Constructed Peace: The Making of the European Settlement, 1945-63” (Princeton University Press, 1999) at the association’s annual meeting this month.

Carol Wilson Spigner, D.S.W., a visiting professor in the School of Social Work, received a Pioneer Award for her ground-breaking contributions to stopping domestic violence and child maltreatment. The award was one of nine presented to individuals and six to organizations in September by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Originally published on February 1, 2001