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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
 'A Year in Review: 2014-15' President Eisgruber

The 2014-15 video highlights key moments of the past academic year, including events presided over by Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber.

 

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Video feature: 'A Year in Review: 2014-15'

The 2014-15 academic year at Princeton included moments of joy, protest and wonder for the University community, and this video shows some of those key points, from Opening Exercises in the fall to the University's 268th Commencement in the spring.

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UPDATE: Same-sex marriage ruling bolsters institution of marriage, Macedo says

The Supreme Court ruling on Friday, June 26, that same-sex couples have the right to marry bolsters the institution of marriage for all, Princeton political scientist Stephen Macedo said.

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Q&A: What's the impact of Supreme Court upholding Affordable Care Act subsidies?

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Thursday, June 25, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, keeping health insurance coverage within reach for millions of Americans. We discussed the ruling with Heather Howard, director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network and lecturer in public affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Princeton music course debuts through online learning platform Kadenze

Princeton University is expanding its online course offerings through Kadenze, an online learning platform specifically created to support the arts and creative technologies. On this platform, Princeton Professor of Music Daniel Trueman will offer the course "Reinventing the Piano," in which students will explore a new instrument called the Prepared Digital Piano.

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Summer institute encourages university educators to engage students in science

From institutions across the Northeast, researchers and science instructors gathered at Princeton University the week of June 14 for the regional session of the 2015 Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education in Science where they explored techniques designed to better engage science students and attract students who are apprehensive about entering a laboratory.  

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Leader of major growth in Princeton engineering, Poor to step down as dean

H. Vincent Poor, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University for the past nine years and a leader in the field of wireless communications, will step down as the school's eighth dean at the end of the next academic year, June 30, 2016.

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Richard Myers appointed vice provost for academic and budget planning

Richard Myers, who has more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration with a focus on financial operations, has been appointed vice provost for academic and budget planning at Princeton University. His appointment is effective Aug. 31.

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Summer outreach programs foster learning on Princeton campus

Students of all ages and teachers from New Jersey and beyond will be engaged in a summer of learning on the Princeton campus, taking part in outreach programs on subjects ranging from leadership and entrepreneurship to computer science, music and journalism.

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Princeton Summer Theater explores the timelessness of myth

Princeton Summer Theater will immerse audience members in multiple facets of myth and storytelling, presenting four mainstage plays and a children's show in eight weeks. The season runs June 18 through Aug. 8 in Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus.

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Sixteen faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Sixteen Princeton University faculty members were transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees.

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Graduate students start moving into Lakeside housing complex

Construction of Princeton University's Lakeside graduate housing complex is complete and students started moving in June 1. The 329-unit complex will be home to more than 700 residents.

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Board approves 17 appointments to Princeton faculty

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 17 faculty members, including six full professors and 11 assistant professors. 

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Charles Townsend, Princeton Slavicist, dies at 82

Charles Townsend, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, emeritus, died of heart failure under hospice care at his home in Princeton on June 7, surrounded by his family. He was 82.

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Student contest winners share their 'creative reactions' to classical music

The Creative Reactions Contest was held for the first time this spring, a new initiative of Princeton University Concerts (PUC). Marna Seltzer, director of PUC, said the annual contest is "designed to foster reflection on the impact of hearing classical music, as perceived by Princeton students."

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Video chat focuses on approaches to Ebola relief efforts

Carolyn Rouse, a professor of anthropology at Princeton University, and Kimberly Bonner '08, MPP '12, participated in a live video chat on Wednesday, June 10, to discuss Ebola relief efforts. Bonner has worked on the ground in Africa.

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Princeton E-ffiliates enters five-year partnership with ExxonMobil

Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, an initiative that forges collaborations between industry and Princeton University experts, has entered a five-year agreement with ExxonMobil to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and envir...

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Nine named to Princeton Board of Trustees

Princeton University has named nine members to its Board of Trustees, effective July 1. 

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Bassler receives 2015 Shaw Prize in life science and medicine

Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University's Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology, was named a 2015 Shaw Prize Laureate in life science and medicine June 1. Bassler will share the $1 million prize for her well-known work in quorum sensing, a widespread process that bacteria use for cell-to-cell communication.

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Eisgruber to Princeton graduates: Pursue ideals that are 'beautiful and profound'

Umbrellas, ponchos — and smiles — were in abundance as Princeton University celebrated its 268th Commencement on a rainy Tuesday morning, June 2.

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Princeton University holds 268th Commencement

Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,268 undergraduates in the Class of 2015, three from former classes and 885 graduate students at its 268th Commencement Tuesday, June 2.

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Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching

Four Princeton University faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, June 2. They are: Frederick Hughson, professor of molecular biology; Benjamin Morison, professor of philosophy; Paul Prucnal, professor of electrical engineering; and Esther Schor, professor of English.

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Princeton awards six honorary degrees

Princeton University awarded honorary degrees during Commencement exercises Tuesday, June 2, to six individuals for their contributions to civil rights, engineering, the law, literature and service to the nation. Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber awarded degrees to Harry Belafonte, social activist and artist; David Billington, the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, at Princeton; Ann Dunwoody, retired four-star general of the U.S. Army; Deborah Poritz, lawyer and former chief justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey; John Paul Stevens, retired associate justice of the Supreme Court; and Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian novelist and Nobel laureate in literature.

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At Hooding, advanced-degree recipients, advisers celebrate a long, successful journey

Rain clouds could not dampen the excitement and pride of advanced-degree recipients and their supporters who gathered Monday, June 1, for the Princeton University Graduate School Hooding ceremony.

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Jill Dolan named Princeton's dean of the college

Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English and professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been named Princeton's next dean of the college. Dolan, who also directs the University's Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, is a distinguished scholar of theater and performance studies.

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Trustees approve African American studies concentration, department

Princeton undergraduate students will be able to major in African American studies starting in the fall. The University's Board of Trustees approved the new concentration Monday and gave the Center for African American Studies academic department status. The trustees also approved certificate programs in cognitive science, diplomacy and ethnographic studies. The changes, which the faculty had approved in May, will take effect July 1.

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Film director Nolan challenges seniors to 'chase your reality'

At Princeton's Class Day ceremony Monday, June 1, film director, screenwriter and producer Christopher Nolan challenged seniors to help improve the world by chasing their reality, not just their dreams.

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Students recognized for accomplishments and service at Class Day

Members of Princeton University's Class of 2015 gathered on Cannon Green Monday, June 1, to celebrate the conclusion of their undergraduate careers in a Class Day ceremony honoring their achievements and leadership.

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Baccalaureate offers seniors a chance to look back and ahead

Princeton University began three days of celebrating the Class of 2015 on Sunday, May 31, with its 268th Baccalaureate, a vibrant interfaith service in the University Chapel that offered seniors a chance to look back and to think ahead to life beyond FitzRandolph Gate.

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FACULTY HONOR: George elected chairman of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, has been elected chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). George was ...

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FACULTY AWARD: McBride named 2015 Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

Carolyn "Lindy" McBride, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was among 22 researchers nationwide to be selected as a 2015 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts. McBride's work explores the molecules and neural circuits that cause disease-carrying mosquitoes to prefer biting humans over other animals.

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FACULTY HONOR: Three Princeton projects awarded supercomputer hours

Three Princeton University-related computer programs have been chosen to run on a new supercomputer that will deliver enhanced scientific findings when it begins crunching numbers in 2018. The three projects were among 13 selected to run in the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness program at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. 

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Princeton 2015 Baccalaureate remarks

2015 Baccalaureate address delivered by Lisa P. Jackson

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2015 Valedictory Oration

2015 Valedictory Oration

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2015 Latin Salutatory Oration

The Latin salutatory oration, given by senior Neil Hannan at Commencement on June 2, 2015.

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2015 Latin Salutatory Oration, English translation

The Latin salutatory oration in English translation, given by senior Neil Hannan at Commencement on June 2, 2015.

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