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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
CBLI Psychology Class Nicole Shelton

Nicole Shelton, a professor of psychology at Princeton, is working with the University's Community-Based Learning Initiative to develop ways for students to combine concepts learned in class with their own research to offer local nonprofit groups ideas about how to tackle their challenges.

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'Social Psychology' course helps students tackle questions from nonprofits

Students in the course "Social Psychology" called on concepts from the course about the way people think about, feel and behave in social situations to tackle questions from a range of New Jersey nonprofit groups.

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Former Princeton men's squash coach Callahan dies of cancer

Bob Callahan, a member of the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame honored for his contributions to the game as a Princeton player and as the University's men's squash coach for 32 years, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, after a three-year battle with brain cancer. He was 59.

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Vrachnos appointed vice provost for international affairs and operations

Anastasia Vrachnos, dean of international and professional experience for Yale-NUS College in Singapore and former executive director of Princeton in Asia, has been appointed vice provost for international affairs and operations at Princeton University.

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A violin 'speaks,' a blow dryer 'plays' — it's all actor-musicianship

In the class "Development of the Multi-Skilled Performer," taught by John Doyle, a renowned theater director and a visiting lecturer with the rank of professor in theater at Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts, 13 Princeton undergraduates are learning about actor-musicianship, a genre of theater in which there is no orchestra: actors play their own instruments, sing or use their voice as a musical instrument and use "found sound" with common objects.

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Five projects win funding aimed at sparking innovation

Five inventions with the potential for societal benefit and commercial applications have been awarded support through Princeton's Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which aims to help promising technologies bridge the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace.

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Applications for Princeton's Class of 2019 reach record high

Princeton University has received a record 27,259 applications for admission to the Class of 2019. The number, which includes 3,850 candidates who applied last fall through single-choice early action, is now the largest applicant pool in the University's history. The number increased in recent days as previously incomplete applications were processed and added to the total.

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Rouse charts uneven progress toward King's goal of economic justice

At Princeton University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 19, Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, looked back at King's call for economic justice for all and assessed the nation's uneven progress toward that goal.

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Campbell, Grayson recognized with Journey Award at King Day celebration

Two Princeton staff members were honored Monday, Jan. 19, with the Martin Luther King Journey Award, which recognizes efforts to continue the journey to achieve the civil rights leader's vision.

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Princeton faculty, staff and students take part in King Day of Service

About 30 Princeton University volunteers honored Dr. King's legacy on Thursday, Jan. 15, by lending a hand at Princeton Nursery School in Princeton, Little Cherubs Head Start in Hamilton, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing and the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Trenton, as part of Princeton University's second annual Day of Service.

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Students selected as 2016 Scholars in the Nation's Service

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University has selected five undergraduates from the Class of 2016 for its next cohort of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI).

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Rice-sized laser, powered one electron at a time, bodes well for quantum computing

Princeton University researchers have built a rice grain-sized microwave laser, or "maser," powered by single electrons that demonstrates the fundamental interactions between light and moving electrons. It is a major step toward building quantum-computing systems out of semiconductor materials.

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Women seen as lacking natural 'brilliance' may explain underrepresentation in academia

The stereotype that women lack natural "brilliance" could explain their underrepresentation in academia, according to new research based at Princeton University. The lead author is Sarah-Jane Leslie, the Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy The researchers surveyed 1,820 faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, men and women, from 30 disciplines at high-profile public and private research universities nationwide. The study, "Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines," will be published Jan. 16 in the journal Science.

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What I think: Princeton Professor Imani Perry

Imani Perry, a professor of African American studies at Princeton, first appeared in print at age 3 in the Birmingham (Alabama) News in a photo of her and her parents at a protest against police brutality. She has published widely on topics ranging from racial inequality to hip-hop and is active across various media. She earned a Ph.D. from Harvard, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a bachelor's degree from Yale. This fall, she is teaching "Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models" and "Diversity in Black America." These musings are drawn from two interviews with Perry.

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Cherrey to head International Leadership Association

Vice President for Campus Life Cynthia Cherrey will leave Princeton University in mid-August to become president and chief executive officer of the International Leadership Association (ILA).

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Ice skating allowed on frozen Lake Carnegie in Princeton

The recent run of cold weather has resulted in Lake Carnegie freezing over and being available for ice skating as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14. Members of the University and local communities are invited to take advantage of the five-plus inches of ice.

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Near-record applications for Princeton's Class of 2019

Princeton University has received 26,993 applications for admission to the Class of 2019. The number, which includes 3,850 candidates who applied last fall through single-choice early action, is the second-largest applicant pool in the University's history. Many of the applicants also applied for Princeton's generous financial aid program, which meets the full need of all admitted students and provides students who qualify for aid with grants that do not need to be repaid.

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University to celebrate King's legacy; Rouse to give keynote

Princeton University will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 19, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will give the keynote address.

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Princeton student dies

Audrey Dantzlerward, 22, a member of the Princeton University Class of 2016, was found deceased in her campus residence Monday. The cause of death is yet to be determined but no foul play is suspected.

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Student documentaries tell stories of Trenton, its people and their jobs

Princeton undergraduates are telling stories of Trenton, New Jersey, its people and the ways they make a living this semester through short documentaries as part of the course "Documentary Film and the City."

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Q&A: Making community college free

On Thursday, Jan. 8, President Barack Obama unveiled America's College Promise, a proposal that would use government funds to make community college free for millions of American students. In this Q&A, Cecilia Rouse, dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, answers questions about the proposal.

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President Eisgruber connects with alumni, academic leaders, in Israel

As part of his international outreach since becoming president of Princeton University in 2013, Christopher L. Eisgruber traveled to Israel Dec. 29-31 to meet with alumni and strengthen academic connections.

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Princeton satellite successfully heads to the 'edge of space' to study the early universe

SPIDER, a stratospheric spacecraft constructed primarily in Princeton's Jadwin Hall, was successfully launched Jan. 1 from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf. Borne by a helium-filled balloon, SPIDER will orbit Earth at roughly 120,000 feet for 20 days looking for the pattern of gravitational waves produced by the fluctuation of energy and density that resulted from the Big Bang.

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Resilient shores: After Sandy, climate scientists and architects explore how to co-exist with rising tides

After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, a team of Princeton architects and climate scientists is exploring a new vision, with an emphasis on living with rising waters. The researchers aim for no less than a reinvention of flood hazard planning for the East Coast.

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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: Sondhi receives Humboldt Research Award

Shivaji Sondhi, a Princeton University professor of physics, has received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, which recognizes researchers who have had, and are expected to continue having, a significant impact on their discipline. The award allows Sondhi, whose research focuses largely on quantum condensed matter, to spend up to one year collaborating with researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually, and the award is valued at 60,000 euros.

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FACULTY AWARD: Spergel receives Dannie Heineman Prize for work in understanding universe

David Spergel, Princeton University's Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, has received one of the top prizes in astronomy for his breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe. The American Astronomical Society and the American Institute of Physics presented Spergel and co-winner Marc Kamionkowski, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, with the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize, which honors oustanding mid-career scientists and carries a cash prize of $10,000. Spergel and Kamionkowski were recognized for their "outstanding contributions to the investigation of the fluctuations of the cosmic microwave background that have led to major breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe."

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FACULTY AWARD: Tank receives Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize

David Tank, Princeton University's Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology and co-director of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, has received the 2015 Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize, which recognizes seminal discoveries that advance scientists' understanding of the brain. Tank was recognized for his "discovery of fundamental mechanisms of neural computation."

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FACULTY HONOR: Sannikov awarded Fischer Black Prize in finance

Yuliy Sannikov, a professor of economics and a member of the core faculty of the Bendheim Center for Finance, has been awarded the 2015 Fischer Black Prize from the American Finance Association, which recognizes the person under 40 whose work best exemplifies the Fischer Black hallmark of developing original research that is relevant to finance practice. The award was announced during this month's annual meeting of the American Finance Association in Boston.

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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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