ADAM COHEN, deputy director for operations at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, has been named deputy undersecretary for science and energy in the U.S. Department of Energy. Among his responsibilities will be heading the U.S. delegation to ITER, the international fusion experiment under construction in France. At PPPL, Cohen was in charge of the recently completed $94 million upgrade of the National Spherical Torus Experiment, the lab’s major fusion experiment.
The University will have the burden of proof in a lawsuit filed by four Princeton residents who are challenging its PROPERTY-TAX EXEMPTION. Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco rejected the University’s legal arguments and found that the residents have standing to bring the suit. The case is tentatively scheduled for trial in 2016.
The FORMER ACCOUNTANT for the Princeton Triangle Club, Thomas J. Muza, was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay the club $240,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to theft over a five-year period. Muza lost his positions with the Triangle Club and as general manager of McCarter Theatre in 2013 after the financial irregularities were uncovered.
Political theorist and politics professor emeritus SHELDON WOLIN, whose work addressed participatory democracy and its intersection with power and the state, died Oct. 21 in Salem, Ore. He was 93. Wolin’s 1960 book, Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought, has been credited with reinvigorating the field of political theory and received the American Political Science Association’s Benjamin E. Lippincott Award in 1985, which recognizes work with lasting impact. Wolin, a faculty member from 1972 to 1987, led the successful faculty effort to call on the University trustees to divest endowment investments from firms that supported South African apartheid.