News at Princeton

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
 Historic Trees index visual

Many of the trees on Princeton University's campus have been standing for years, some for centuries. Some of these specimens on campus, such as the Sawara Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera) above, are labeled, allowing visitors to learn more about the University's unique landscape.

 

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Video feature: 'Princeton's Trees' offers look into campus history

The landscaping on Princeton University's campus offers clues about the history of the University and beyond, showing the evolution of a campus from the United States' earliest days to the present.

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Bubbling down: Discovery suggests surprising uses for common bubbles

Anyone who has ever had a glass of fizzy soda knows that bubbles can throw tiny particles into the air. But in a finding with wide industrial applications, Princeton researchers have demonstrated that the bursting bubbles push some particles down into the liquid as well.

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Investigation finds no evidence to support allegations of animal mistreatment

An investigation by Princeton University has found no evidence to support an animal rights group's allegations last month that an animal was mistreated at the University.

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Video chat features Princeton graduate aiding Ebola response

Raphael Frankfurter, a 2013 Princeton graduate and executive director of the nonprofit group Wellbody Alliance, will participate in a live video chat at noon EDT Monday to discuss the group's response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

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High school students get a taste of Nigerian culture with college prep

On a recent July morning, 70 local high school students immersed themselves in Nigerian history and culture through film, food and discussion on Princeton University's campus. This event was one of many activities offered to these students this summer as part of the Princeton University Preparatory Program, a multiyear, tuition-free institute that prepares low-income, high-achieving students from Princeton-area school districts for admission to and success in college.

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A husband's declining health could put Taiwanese women at risk for health issues

The death of a spouse undoubtedly brings with it stress, anxiety and uncertainty. Now, a report by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs quantifies this stress, showing how a husband's declining health could put Taiwanese women at risk for health issues.

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Bhargava receives Fields Medal for influential mathematicians under 40

Princeton University mathematician Manjul Bhargava was awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, in recognition of his work in the geometry of numbers. The International Mathematical Union (IMU) presents the medal every four years to researchers under the age of 40 based on the influence of their existing work and on their "promise of future achievement."

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University issues West Africa travel advisory

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recent travel advisory for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak, Princeton University will not support undergraduate or graduate student travel to these three countries. Faculty and staff planning to travel to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone are strongly encouraged to contact Employee Health Services prior to travel.

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Wild sheep show benefits of putting up with parasites

In the first evidence that natural selection favors an individual's infection tolerance, researchers from Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh have found that an animal's ability to endure an internal parasite strongly influences its reproductive success. The finding could provide the groundwork for boosting the resilience of humans and livestock to infection.

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Faculty committee recommends modifications in Princeton assessment and grading policies

An ad hoc faculty committee that President Christopher L. Eisgruber appointed last fall to review the undergraduate grading policy that Princeton University adopted in 2004 has recommended that the University remove numerical targets from the policy and that the numerical guidelines be replaced with grading standards developed and articulated by each department.  

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Geography matters: Model predicts how local 'shocks' influence U.S. economy

A team of economists including Esteban Rossi-Hansberg of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have developed a model that can measure the widespread effects of local economic fluctuations, such as the closure of a major airport or a sudden productivity boost in a core industry.

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Build it and they will come: Princeton architecture at the Venice Biennale

This year's Venice Architecture Biennale, an international showcase of trends and research, showcases the work of a number of Princeton faculty and students. It marks the greatest number of invitations Princeton has received to participate in the Biennale, reflecting the University's strength in pioneering research.

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Samuel Hunter, authority on 20th-century art and 'profound' mentor, dies

Samuel Hunter, professor of art and archaeology, emeritus, at Princeton University and a renowned modern and contemporary art scholar, died of natural causes on July 27 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 91.

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University Place detour to begin Aug. 2

Starting on Saturday, Aug. 2, University Place will be closed to through traffic from College Road to Alexander Street due to construction of the Princeton University Arts and Transit Project. This closure is expected to remain in place until the end of August. Access for vehicles traveling to the Wawa customer parking lot will be maintained via the roundabout on Alexander Street.

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Graduate School to welcome 608 new advanced-degree candidates

Princeton University's Graduate School admitted 1,231 of the 10,964 students who applied for the 2014-15 academic year, with the school's international reputation and strong financial aid program attracting students from around the world. Of the admitted students, 608 had accepted the school's offer of admission as of June 15. The overall Graduate School admission rate is 11 percent, the same as last year. 

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Princeton expands online learning efforts to NovoEd platform

Princeton University will broaden its online teaching and learning efforts this fall, using new approaches and technologies including the NovoEd platform to enable students on campus to collaborate with others taking a class remotely.

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Technique simplifies creation of high-tech crystals

Highly purified crystals that split light with uncanny precision are key parts of high-powered lenses, specialized optics and, potentially, computers that manipulate light instead of electricity, but producing these crystals by current techniques is often difficult and expensive. Now, researchers at Princeton and Columbia universities have proposed a method that could allow scientists to customize and grow these specialized materials, known as photonic crystals, with relative ease.

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Brain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choices

People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research led by Amitai Shenhav, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University.

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Storey to head new Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

Princeton University has established the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. John Storey, a professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been named the center's director.

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New Jersey Senate President Sweeney visits cancer research lab

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney visited a laboratory on the Princeton University campus Monday, July 21, where researchers are trying to understand how cancer spreads in the human body.

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The arts at Princeton: a Tumblr blog

The 2013-14 year in the arts at Princeton was captured on smartphones, video and the Web — and shared on various social media platforms. Dive into the Arts at Princeton Tumblr to find out:

• How the Big Apple figured into Princeton's celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday; • Which opera diva held a student master class before performing in the Princeton University Concerts series; • Why Michael Cadden, chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, wields an orange pen; • What an "action-adventure martial arts opera" is; and • much, much more.  

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FACULTY AWARD: Bialek, Murthy awarded early concept grants for brain research

Princeton faculty members William Bialek and Mala Murthy have been awarded Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable new technologies to better understand how complex behaviors emerge from the activity of brain circuits. Each award is for $300,000 over a two-year period and is part of NSF's investment in support of President Barack Obama's BRAIN Initiative. Bialek, the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, received the award in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Murthy, an assistant professor of molecular biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, received the award in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. Thirty-six awards totaling $10.8 million were given.

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FACULTY AWARD: George to be recognized for commitment to religious freedom

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and a professor of politics, has been selected to receive the 2014 Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award for his "tireless commitment to religious freedom." George, who is also vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, will be honored at the group's convention Aug. 16 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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FACULTY AWARD: Emmerich, Keeley receive PEN Award

The 2014 PEN Award for poetry in translation for "Diaries of Exile" by Yannis Ritsos (Archipelago) has been awarded to Karen Emmerich, a 2000 Princeton alumna who majored in comparative literature, earned certificates in Hellenic Studies and creative writing, was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Program in Hellenic Studies in 2010-11 and will join Princeton University as an assistant professor in comparative literature in February 2015, and Edmund Keeley, the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English, Emeritus, and professor of English and creative writing, emeritus. The award, which is accompanied by a $3,000 prize conferred in New York, recognizes book-length translations of poetry from any language into English published during the current calendar year.

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FACULTY AWARD: Charikar and Spitkovsky receive Simons Investigators awards

Princeton University researchers Moses Charikar and Anatoly Spitkovsky were selected to receive 2014 Simons Investigators awards, which are presented by the New York-based Simons Foundation to outstanding scientists nationwide engaged in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science, and mathematical modeling of living systems.

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FACULTY HONOR: Bassler receives EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award for advancement of women in microbiology

Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, has received the EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award for her contributions to the advancement of women in microbiology. The honor is given by the American Society for Microbiology.

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