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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
 Cotsen Children's Library Jared Crooks

The Cotsen Children’s Library, which contains materials spanning the 15th century to the present day, offers free programming to promote a love of literacy in children. Above, graduate student Jared Crooks reads to a group of library visitors.

 

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Video feature: Cotsen Children’s Library promotes love of literacy

The Cotsen Children’s Library, which serves children and scholars, contains children's books, manuscripts, original artwork, toys and prints spanning the 15th century to the present day. 

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Paul Simon speaks about his career and the role of art in society

Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Paul Simon visited Princeton University on Tuesday, March 3, talking about his career in a discussion facilitated by Paul Muldoon, the Howard G. B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities and a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts. The Grammy Award-winning artist also offered an impromptu performance to a capacity audience of over 800, made up of mostly students joined by faculty and staff at Richardson Auditorium. The event was presented by the Lewis Center's Performance Central.

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Heaney appointed deputy vice president for development

Kevin Heaney, who has worked in fundraising leadership positions for nearly 20 years, has been named deputy vice president for development at Princeton University. His appointment is effective March 9.

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Forum advanced many ideas from lab to market in 10-year history

The Innovation Forum, an annual presentation of technology developed by the University's professors, graduate students and researchers, is sponsored by the Keller Center and the Office of Technology Licensing. Now celebrating its 10th year, the forum has helped launch a wide range of projects from new biomedical devices to high-tech imagers and cameras.

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New approach to cancer therapy takes top prize at Innovation Forum

At the Keller Center's 10th annual Innovation Forum on Feb. 25, Mark Esposito, a Princeton University graduate student in molecular biology took the top prize with his pitch for a method to stop the spread of cancer.

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Researchers find 3-D printed parts to provide low-cost, custom alternatives for lab equipment

The 3-D printing scene, a growing favorite of do-it-yourselfers, has spread to the study of plasma physics. With a series of experiments, researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have found that 3-D printers can be an important tool in laboratory environments.

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Princeton forum in Dublin to focus on Ebola crisis, lessons for the future

The third annual Princeton-Fung Global Forum will bring together researchers, scholars, policymakers and health officials in November to examine West Africa's Ebola outbreak as a case study of a modern plague.

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Seniors win Labouisse Prize for projects in Colombia, Himalayas

Two Princeton University seniors have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize to spend one year pursuing international civic engagement projects after graduation. The $30,000 prize will support a project by Yessica Martinez in Colombia and Damaris Miller in Nepal and India.

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Innovation funds awarded to support natural sciences, humanities projects and industry collaborations

Seven innovative projects have been selected to receive Princeton University's Dean for Research innovation funds, which, now in their second year, enable faculty members to pursue bold new ideas.

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Update: CDC and state health officials confirm suspected case of measles

After additional review of laboratory tests, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health have confirmed the suspected case of measles at Princeton University. The student has recovered and is no longer infectious. Following the guidance and requirements of state and municipal health officials, Princeton University has been taking steps based on the presumption that the case would be confirmed. No new measures are recommended.

 

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$10 million from alumnus establishes Louis A. Simpson Center for the Study of Macroeconomics at Princeton

A $10 million gift from Louis Simpson, an alumnus of Princeton's Graduate School, has established the Louis A. Simpson Center for the Study of Macroeconomics in the University's Department of Economics.

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Princeton celebrates 100th anniversary of Alumni Day with festivities, honors

More than 1,000 Princeton University alumni, students, faculty and friends marked the 100th anniversary of Alumni Day on Feb. 20-21, recognizing alumni achievements and celebrating the centennial with academic, arts and other events across campus.

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Valerie Smith appointed president of Swarthmore College

Valerie Smith, Princeton University's dean of the college, has been named the next president of Swarthmore College. Swarthmore's Board of Managers approved her appointment Feb. 21. Smith, who is also the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and a professor of English and African American studies, will remain at Princeton through June 30, the end of the academic year. On July 1, she will assume office at Swarthmore, a top-ranked liberal arts college near Philadelphia.

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Why do we dance? Four students, four perspectives

Imagine four dancers in a studio. Each has a different story that brought them into the dance community at Princeton University; each has a different major and different career aspirations. All have been rehearsing since September four to five hours weekly in preparation for the Lewis Center for the Arts' 2015 Spring Dance Festival. They are among over 50 Princeton undergraduates who will appear in the festival.

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Princeton graduate students, postdoc on a mission of learning and restoration in Mozambique

A new video series features the work of Princeton University graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher working in Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, one of the world's most biologically rich habitats. The videos show how the park provides researchers with invaluable and unforgettable field experience, as well as an opportunity to revive a vast wilderness in critical need of help.

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Scheide donates rare books library to Princeton; collection is largest gift in University's history

Musician, musicologist, bibliophile and philanthropist William H. Scheide, a 1936 Princeton University alumnus who died in November at age 100, has left his extraordinary collection of some 2,500 rare printed books and manuscripts to Princeton University. With an expected appraised value of nearly $300 million, it is the largest gift in the University's history.

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Three Princeton seniors win Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Princeton University seniors Laura Cooper, Samuel Kim and Cameron Langford have been awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships. The awards give outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge.

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University to seek appellate review of tax court decision

Princeton University will seek to appeal the February 12, 2015 decision by a Morris County Tax Court judge denying its motion to dismiss a complaint that seeks to rescind the University's property tax exemption for tax year 2014.  

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Interdisciplinary approach of Bendheim Center brings clarity to today's evolving economy

At Princeton's Bendheim Center for Finance, researchers are strengthening connections between the often separate disciplines of finance, economics, engineering and public policy — an inclusive approach that helps bring clarity to today's rapidly evolving economy.

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Board approves four appointments to Princeton faculty

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of four full professors.

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Seniors Martinez, Robertson named Pyne Prize winners

Princeton seniors Yessica Martinez and Jake Robertson have been named co-winners of the University's 2015 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.

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A gene that shaped the evolution of Darwin's finches

Researchers from Princeton University and Uppsala University in Sweden have identified a gene in the Galápagos finches studied by English naturalist Charles Darwin that influences beak shape and that played a role in the birds' evolution from a common ancestor more than 1 million years ago. The study illustrates the genetic foundation of evolution, including how genes can flow from one species to another, and how different versions of a gene within a species can contribute to the formation of entirely new species.

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Access for all? A conversation with Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp, Princeton Class of 1989

On Monday, Feb. 9, Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America (TFA) and a member of Princeton's Class of 1989, shared her thoughts on education and opportunity as part of a conversation organized by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Community House, the Undergraduate Student Government Committee on Diversity and Institutional Equity, and Teach for America.

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Real-time brain feedback reduces attention lapses

Researchers at Princeton University have found that training people using real-time feedback from their own brain activity can reduce the frequency of attention lapses and improve their ability to sustain attention.

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Committees set for Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Chairs and members have been chosen for the steering committee and three working groups that are part of the Council of the Princeton University Community Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Princeton Prosody Archive brings digital tools to the study of poetry

Enlisting the help of computer scientists and librarians, Associate Professor of English Meredith Martin began in 2011 to build the Princeton Prosody Archive, a full-text searchable database of more than 10,000 digitized records published between 1750 and 1923. Currently in beta-testing, the Prosody Archive will be accessible to the public this year, with full access to the archive by 2017.

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Nobel laureate and Princeton physicist Val Fitch dies at age 91

A towering figure in physics who helped shape our understanding of the universe, Princeton University emeritus professor and Nobel laureate Val Logsdon Fitch died peacefully Feb. 5 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 91.

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New diversity initiatives include faculty hiring commitment, graduate recruiting programs

A commitment to help fund the hiring of new faculty members to increase faculty diversity is one of many initiatives Princeton University has undertaken in response to the 2013 Report of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity.

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Tiny termites can hold back deserts by creating oases of plant life

Princeton University research suggests that termite mounds can help prevent the spread of deserts into semi-arid ecosystems and agricultural lands. The results not only suggest that termite mounds could make these areas more resilient to climate change than previously thought, but could also inspire a change in how scientists determine the possible effects of climate change on ecosystems.

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Four win Jacobus Fellowship, top graduate student honor

Yu Deng, Evan Hepler-Smith, Catherine Reilly and Kimberly Shepard have been named co-winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton University's top honor for graduate students. The fellowships support the final year of study at Princeton and are awarded to students whose work has exhibited the highest scholarly excellence. The Jacobus Fellows will be honored at Alumni Day ceremonies Saturday, Feb. 22, at Jadwin Gymnasium.

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Princeton's annual financial aid budget grows 7.4 percent to $140 million

Princeton University trustees Jan. 31 approved the University's operating budget for 2015-16, which includes a 7.4 percent increase to $140.2 million in the undergraduate financial aid budget for next year. The University's pioneering financial aid program provides the assistance necessary to make sure that any student who is admitted and needs financial aid can attend. The aid comes in the form of grants, which do not need to be repaid.

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Princeton University Art Museum names Elderfield distinguished curator, lecturer

John Elderfield, chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, has been named the first Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Distinguished Curator and Lecturer at the Princeton University Art Museum.

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FACULTY AWARD: Five Princeton faculty named 2015 Sloan Fellows

Five Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2015 Sloan Research Fellows. Awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the $50,000 fellowships recognize promising early-career scientists who have been nominated by their colleagues. The new fellows from Princeton are: Sébastien Bubeck, an assistant professor of operations research and financial engineering; Oleg Itskhoki, an assistant professor of of economics and international affairs; Greg Kaplan, an assistant professor of economics; Corina Tarnita, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; and Vlad Vicol, an assistant professor of mathematics.

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RESEARCH AWARD: NSF renews funds for Princeton Center for Complex Materials

Princeton University was one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive a total of $56 million in funds from the National Science Foundation to support Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs). The award renews the NSF's existing support for the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) through October 2020, and includes $6.39 million for at least the first two years.

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FACULTY HONOR: Brown, Portelli awarded Dan David Prize for 'Retrieving the Past'

Peter Brown, the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus and senior historian, and Alessandro Portelli, a lecturer in sociology, have been awarded the 2015 Dan David Prize, which recognizes achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact. Brown, recognized for reshaping our understanding of social and cultural change, and Portelli, honored for challenging the way we understand recording the past, will be awarded the $1 million prize in the category of "Retrieving the Past: Historians and Their Sources" at a ceremony May 17 at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

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University contributions to Princeton town

Summary of the many ways in which Princeton University currently contributes to and engages with the Princeton community. Submitted in a memo by President Christopher L. Eisgruber to the Princeton mayor and council on Oct. 28, 2014.

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