CAROLINE SHAW, a third-year Ph.D. student in music, won the Pulitzer Prize for music April 15 for an a cappella composition, “Partita for 8 Voices,” that contains murmurs, sighs, speech, and other vocal effects. Shaw trains in violin and composes for string instruments and voice. At 30, she is the youngest person to win a Pulitzer in music. (A segment of “Partita” can be heard at PAW Online.)

PRINCETON MOBILE, a free app and website, has replaced the University’s iPrinceton app. Princeton Mobile provides the same interface, information, and graphics on all Web-based platforms, including tablets and smartphones, at the Web address (The app version of Princeton Mobile is available from the iTunes Store.)

The app offers news feeds, a directory, an events calendar, videos, and an enhanced campus map. It also links to Princeton athletics news, University podcasts, a live audio stream from WPRB, the University’s social-media feeds, and PAW Online.


PABLO DEBENEDETTI, a member of the engineering faculty since 1985, will become Princeton’s dean for research July 1. He will succeed A.J. Stewart Smith *66, who becomes vice president for the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. Debenedetti was chairman of the chemical ­engineering department from 1996 to 2004 and has been vice dean of the engineering school since 2008. He said he plans to strengthen the University’s connections to foundations and the corporate world, encourage interdisciplinary research, and promote “risk-taking research.”


VICTORIA SOLOMON ’13, an electrical engineering major who is developing technologies to assist people with physical disabilities, has been named a 2013 Marshall scholar. The award pays the cost of graduate studies and living expenses at a British university for up to two years. For her senior independent work, Solomon is working on a portable and affordable communication device for patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). She is an Orange Key tour guide, a mentor for the Society of Women Engineers, and active in the Center for Jewish Life. She is the second Princeton student this year to win the scholarship; Jake Nebel ’13’s award was announced ­previously.