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Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
 Freshman Seminar Alchemy Daniel Liu

Daniel Liu and fellow Princeton students in the freshman seminar "Alchemy, Art and Science" are examining elements and compounds known to alchemists. The seminar, taught by historian Jennifer Rampling, takes alchemy as a starting point to explore issues central to the history of science and medicine.

 

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Decoding alchemy: Freshman seminar offers recipe for new perspectives

In the freshman seminar "Alchemy, Art and Science," students take the often-misunderstood topic as a starting point to explore issues central to the history of science and medicine.

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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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Gallo and Katz: Perspectives on restoring relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama announced Dec. 17 that the United States will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, setting aside decades of hostility between the nations. Two Princeton University faculty members offer perspectives on the news: Rubén Gallo, who specializes in Latin American literature and culture; and Stanley Katz, who studies the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy.  

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New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs' extinction

A definitive geological timeline from Princeton University researchers shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago played a role in the extinction event that claimed Earth's non-avian dinosaurs, and challenges the dominant theory that a meteorite impact was the sole cause of the extinction.

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Hilary Parker appointed special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives

Hilary Parker, senior associate director for administrative planning in the Office of the Executive Vice President at Princeton University, has been named special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives.

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Robert Naumann, physical chemist, dies at 85

Robert Bruno Alexander Naumann, a professor of chemistry and physics emeritus at Princeton University, died on Dec. 10 of Parkinson's disease in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 85.

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Q&A: What does the CIA interrogation report mean for U.S. national security?

Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a hotly contested report detailing the brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA. Deemed by the report as ineffective and grossly misrepresented, the CIA's tactics included numerous forms of violence. In this Q&A, Princeton University's Jacob Shapiro, associate professor of politics and international affairs, answers questions about the report's implications for U.S. national security.

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Princeton offers early action admission to 767 students for Class of 2019

Princeton University has offered admission to 767 students from a pool of 3,850 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2019. Princeton's generous financial aid policy meets the full need of all admitted students and provides students who qualify for aid with grants that do not need to be repaid. As a result, 75 percent of Princeton students graduate debt free.

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Startup school: Examining success and failure in new ventures

John Danner moved across the auditorium at Princeton University, tossing questions at students about a possible business startup. Danner, a veteran entrepreneur, is teaching "Introduction to Entrepreneurship" — a class taught for the first time this semester — to jolt his students into thinking in new ways about what it takes to start a venture.

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PPPL and USDA engineers receive a patent for pasteurizing eggs in the shell

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to a novel technique and device for pasteurizing eggs developed by engineers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The award marks the 27th patent granted to PPPL inventors since 1994.

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Research, revise, roar: Students find their voice at freshman research conference

At a daylong conference at Princeton on Nov. 21, a group of sophomores presented a variety of topics they had researched as freshmen, ranging from artists Andy Warhol and El Greco to the music of Mozart and Led Zeppelin, with forays into human cloning and domestic violence, as well as television's "Star Trek" and "The Powerpuff Girls." The 16 students were brought together by the Princeton Writing Program in an extension of the freshman writing seminars to discuss research and writing.

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'Gratitude' is theme at Community House Family Dinner

Chop, stir, pour, whirrrrr. The kitchen in the Fields Center at Princeton was a whirl of activity Dec. 7 as local middle- and high-school students worked together to prepare drinks, appetizers and desserts for the Pace Center for Civic Engagement's second Community House Family Dinner.

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Face time: Students learn about art of caricature in freshman seminar

In their first semester on the Princeton University campus, seven freshmen are exploring the fine art of caricatures and comic illustrated books from Hogarth to Picasso in the freshman seminar "Funny Pictures: Caricature and Modernity," taught by Anne McCauley, the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art in the Department of Art and Archaeology.

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Seniors Beacom and Diehl named Sachs Scholars

Two seniors with track records of achievement in academics and research have been named recipients of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, one of the highest awards given to Princeton undergraduates. William Beacom, a concentrator in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs who is pursuing a certificate in East Asian studies, has been awarded the Sachs Global Scholarship. Brett Diehl, a history major who is also pursuing certificates in Spanish language and culture and Latin American studies, will spend two years of graduate studies at the University of Oxford.  

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Contact lens merges plastics and active electronics via 3-D printing

As part of a project demonstrating new 3-D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light.

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Abandoned wells can be 'super-emitters' of greenhouse gas

Princeton University researchers have uncovered a previously unknown, and possibly substantial, source of the greenhouse gas methane to the Earth's atmosphere.

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President Eisgruber issues statement on racial injustice and campus diversity

President Christopher L. Eisgruber issued the following statement Monday, Dec. 8, during a meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community.

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Lisa P. Jackson, environmental leader, named Baccalaureate speaker

Princeton graduate alumna Lisa Jackson, vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple Inc. and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has been selected as the speaker for the University's 2015 Baccalaureate ceremony. 

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To fight fundamentalism and gender violence, 'throw books,' not bombs, Nobel laureate Ebadi says

With passion and humor, Iranian human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi called for an intellectual response rather than military action against religious fundamentalism in a talk Thursday, Dec. 4, at Princeton University.

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Christopher Nolan selected as 2015 Class Day speaker

Film director, screenwriter and producer Christopher Nolan has been selected to deliver the keynote address at the University's Class Day ceremony on Monday, June 1, 2015. Class Day, which takes place the day before Princeton's Commencement, is being organized by members of the graduating class.

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Carter calls for better treatment of girls and women around the world

Former President Jimmy Carter put a spotlight on the mistreatment of girls and women around the world during a speech Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Princeton University Chapel that offered both distressing statistics and reasons for hope.

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Freshman seminar homes in on university experience for new students

In their first semester as Princeton students, 13 freshmen are asking a range of questions in class directly relevant to their new situation: What is the purpose of college? How should they approach their time at Princeton? The students are enrolled in the freshman seminar "Student Life: The University in Film and Fiction" taught by Sarah Chihaya, an assistant professor of English.

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A Risky Proposition: Has global interdependence made us vulnerable?

Welcome to global systemic risk, where virtually every person on Earth can be affected by disruption in interdependent systems as diverse as electricity transmission, computer networks, food and water supplies, transportation, health care, and finance. The risks are complicated and little understood.

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Officials celebrate new Princeton Station, 'important link' to world beyond campus

With a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, speeches and the whoosh of the Dinky train's departure, officials celebrated the opening of the new Princeton Station on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

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Regan Crotty named Princeton Title IX administrator

Regan Crotty, director of student life at Wilson College at Princeton, has been appointed to the new position of Title IX administrator at the University.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton researchers awarded 345 million supercomputer hours

Three Princeton University researchers have been granted a total of 345 million hours of processing time on two powerful supercomputers as part of the 2015 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. The awardees from Princeton are Emily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics; Choong-Seock Chang, managing principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; and Jeroen Tromp, the Blair Professor of Geology and professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics.

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FACULTY HONOR: Aksay, Carter named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Two Princeton University faculty members have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, which honors academic inventors whose inventions have made a tangible impact on society. Among the 2015 Fellows are Ilhan Aksay, professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Emily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and director of Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. The new fellows will be inducted Mar. 20, 2015, at the academy's fourth annual conference to be held at the California Institute of Technology.

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FACULTY AWARD: Floudas elected Academy of Athens corresponding member

Christodoulos Floudas, Princeton University's Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering, has been elected as corresponding member of the Academy of Athens in Greece. The Academy of Athens was founded in 1926 and has as main goals "the cultivation and advancement of the sciences, humanities and fine arts, the conduct of scientific research and study, and the offer of learned advices to the state in these areas."

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FACULTY AWARD: MacMillan awarded 2015 Ernst Schering Prize for chemistry

David MacMillan, Princeton University's James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry, has received the 2015 Ernst Schering Prize, one of Germany's most prestigious science awards.

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FACULTY AWARD: Fore wins the Modern Language Association's Scaglione Prize

Devin Fore, an associate professor of German, has been awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize from the Modern Language Association for his book "Realism After Modernism: The Rehumanization of Art and Literature."

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FACULTY HONOR: Spergel named one of Nature's 10 in 2014

Princeton University's David Spergel, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, was selected as one of Nature's 10 in 2014 by Nature magazine. The listing honors the 10 people each year who made a difference in science. Spergel is recognized in the magazine for his identification of errors in the work of scientists who had reported the detection of gravitational remnants of the universe's early expansion.

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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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