Elliott Lieb
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Elliott Lieb, a professor emeritus of physics and mathematical physics, was selected as one of three recipients of the 2023 Kyoto Prize, which honors significant contributions to the betterment of humankind. Lieb, who taught at Princeton from 1975 to 2018, won for “pioneering mathematical research in physics, chemistry, and quantum information science based on many-body physics,” according to the Inamori Foundation, which presents the awards. His research has focused on the stability of matter and, more recently, systems governed by quantum mechanics. The award includes a 100-million-yen cash prize, equivalent to about $700,000.

Larry Fife Giberson ’23, who was arrested in March while attending Princeton, pleaded guilty on July 31 to civil disorder, a felony, for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Giberson, who graduated in May according to The Daily Princetonian, faces up to 14 months in prison and fines from $2,000 to $40,000, according to sentencing guidelines in the plea agreement. As part of the agreement, five other charges will be dismissed.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 1. Giberson declined to comment on the plea in an email to PAW. He waived his right to appeal the conviction of the case on any basis, though he may appeal his sentence.

Princeton’s Board of Trustees elected three new members, the University announced in late June: Joshua Bolten ’76, the CEO of Business Roundtable and a former Cabinet official in President George W. Bush’s administration; Kimberly Johnson ’95, the chief operating officer and a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group Inc.; and Gordon Ritter ’86, a co-founder and general partner of Emergence Capital. They join three new trustees elected by alumni in the spring, Kamil Ali-Jackson ’81, Nandi O. Leslie *05, and Mutemwa R. Masheke ’23.

Princeton professor and former dean of the School for Public and International Affairs Cecilia Rouse was selected as the next president of the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. Rouse, who served as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) for the first two years of the Biden administration, will begin her new role in January 2024, according to a Brookings news release.

A labor economist and faculty member since 1992, Rouse has significant experience in the economic policy realm. In addition to her time in the Biden administration, she served on the CEA during President Barack Obama’s first term and worked at the National Economic Council during President Bill Clinton’s administration.