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Monday, Feb. 08, 2016
 Office of Religious Life Alison Boden

As dean of religious life and the chapel, Alison Boden (above) helps guide the Office of Religious Life in providing opportunities for interfaith understanding, community service, social action, religious literacy and immersion in sacred arts.

 

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Video feature: Supporting all faith traditions and dialogue

Supporting many faiths, Princeton University's Office of Religious Life provides ways for the campus community to explore religious, moral and ethical questions.

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McComas named vice president for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

David McComas, an executive leader in managing various complex technical projects and programs, has been named vice president of the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). PPPL is the nation's leading center for the exploration of plasma science and magnetic fusion energy. McComas also has been appointed professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton.

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German W7-X fusion device produces first hydrogen plasma, with PPPL collaborators on hand

The largest and most advanced fusion experiment of its kind in the world launched this week, and it is already producing results. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory physicists collaborating on the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator fusion energy device in Greifswald, Germany, were on hand Feb. 3 when German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed a button to produce the reactor's first hydrogen plasma.

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Promislo joins Princeton as director of communications strategy

Susan Promislo, a veteran communications professional who has developed and led strategy for several programs at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation over the past 13 years, will join the Princeton University Office of Communications as director of communications strategy on Feb. 8.

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Wilson legacy committee sets forum for Feb. 19 in Richardson Auditorium

The special trustee committee that is considering Woodrow Wilson's legacy at Princeton University has scheduled a public forum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

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Galactic center's gamma rays unlikely to originate from dark matter, evidence shows

Bursts of gamma rays from the center of our galaxy are not likely to be signals of dark matter but rather other astrophysical phenomena such as fast-rotating stars called millisecond pulsars, according to two new studies, one from a team based at Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and another based in the Netherlands.

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Two seniors awarded ReachOut fellowships for public service

Princeton University seniors Farah Amjad and Clarissa Kimmey have been awarded 2016 fellowships from ReachOut 56-81-06, an alumni-funded effort that supports yearlong public service projects after graduation. Each senior will receive a stipend of $30,000.

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Princeton research benefits sustainability, cybersecurity and other societal goals

Sustainable building materials, a better way of preventing cyberattacks, and a new approach to curbing antibiotic resistance are some of the many faculty-led research projects at Princeton that have the potential to benefit society. These inventions were among those featured at the recent Celebrate Princeton Invention, an annual reception that honors faculty inventors and their research teams. 

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Q&A: The winners and losers in Iowa

Nolan McCarty, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and chair of the Department of Politics, answered questions about the Iowa caucus results and what's ahead in the 2016 campaign.

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Princeton trustees adopt strategic planning framework

Princeton University's Board of Trustees has adopted a strategic planning framework that aims to enhance the University’s core commitments to excellence in teaching and research, and to such fundamental principles as affordability, diversity, inclusivity and service, while also strengthening its capacity to have "significant and lasting impact" at a time of transformative social and technological change.

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Students explore artists' roles in remaking cities, with a focus on Detroit

Princeton undergraduates in the course "The Arts of Urban Transition" have spent the past semester using texts and methods from history, theater and dance to examine artists and works of art as agents of change in New York City and Detroit.

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McGowan named assistant vice president for strategic donor engagement at Princeton

Tim McGowan, who comes to Princeton University from Columbia University with more than 25 years of experience on Madison Avenue, has been named assistant vice president for strategic donor engagement in Princeton's Office of Development. His appointment was effective Jan. 18.

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An unforgettable fall semester at #PrincetonU

Stretching from September to January, Princeton's fall semester presents plenty of opportunities for members of the University community to make lasting memories. Here, we look back through Princeton University's social media posts to see what made fall 2015 memorable.

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President Eisgruber attends annual global conference in Davos, Switzerland

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber attended the 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from Jan. 20 to 23. The annual meeting brings together leaders, scholars and practitioners from the public and private sectors to address a wide range of pressing global problems.

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Scholars, biographers offer perspectives on Woodrow Wilson's campus legacy

Nine scholars and biographers with expertise about Woodrow Wilson have submitted letters outlining their perspectives on the former Princeton and U.S. president to a University trustee committee considering his campus legacy.

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Month of Service allows campus to engage with local community

Whether packing up donated food, working with nursery school children on a winter craft or tutoring middle school students after school, Princeton University students, staff and faculty have been busy this January engaging with the local community as a part of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement's Month of Service. Themed around the idea that "community matters," the Month of Service celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 15th anniversary of the Pace Center.

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Princeton's commitment to diverse faculty: Q&A with Provost Lee and Dean of the Faculty Prentice

In 2013, Princeton University adopted a comprehensive strategy to increase the diversity of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students as part of broader goals to create a more diverse and inclusive community. Since then, the University has launched various initiatives focused on faculty hiring, graduate student recruiting and mentoring, and staff development and training. Provost David S. Lee and Dean of the Faculty Deborah Prentice recently spoke about the University's commitment to diversity and the progress of specific initiatives focused on faculty.

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Princeton University honors King's legacy, ongoing quest for racial justice

Princeton University honored Martin Luther King Jr. during a Jan. 18 ceremony featuring reflections on the civil rights leader's legacy, remarks on the continued quest for racial justice in the United States, musical performances, and a recognition of community and campus service efforts.

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King Day Journey Award recognizes Princeton Hidden Minority Council

Seven Princeton University students and one recent graduate have been named co-winners of the Martin Luther King Journey Award, which recognizes efforts to continue the journey to achieve the civil rights leader's vision. The award was presented Monday, Jan. 18, at the University's Martin Luther King Day celebration in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.

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Sherry named chief information security officer

David Sherry, the chief information security officer at Brown University, has been named CISO at Princeton University, effective Feb. 29. 

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Jarvis named Princeton's LGBT Center director

Judy Jarvis, who served as director of Vassar College's LGBTQ Center and Women's Center, has been selected to lead Princeton University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Center. She will begin Jan. 18.

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Students study, enjoy breaks during Reading Period

In 1928, The Daily Princetonian's editorial board wondered if scheduling a formal study time between classes and final exams — a Reading Period — would be valuable. Fast-forward nearly 90 years and the answer is yes. Princeton University students spent the past week-and-a-half on campus finishing final papers and projects, and studying for fall-term exams scheduled Jan. 13-23.

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Wilson legacy committee posts schedule for on-campus discussions

The special trustee committee that is considering Woodrow Wilson’s legacy at Princeton University has posted a schedule for on-campus, in-person conversations with members of the committee. 

 

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How bacterial communication 'goes with the flow' in causing infection, blockage

New work from Princeton University researchers shows that the effectiveness of bacteria's ability to keep in touch is influenced by the physical characteristics and flow of fluid in the environments they're invading. The findings provide a better understanding of where and when in a system scientists can interfere with bacterial communication to help prevent infections and blockages.  

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Once thought unstoppable, bacterial superweapon falters with too many targets

Researchers from Princeton University and the University of Basel found that a mechanism used by many disease-causing bacteria that was once thought to be a microbial superweapon can be thwarted if the cells being attacked are numerous enough. Combining computer simulations and laboratory work, the research reveals a unique approach to unraveling biological processes and could provide insight into how cells withstand powerful aggressors.

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Fifteen-year national survey of 'fragile families' fuels wide range of research

The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study has played a foundational role in helping researchers understanding the capabilities and deficits of unmarried parents and the challenges faced by their children. The project, led by Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and director of Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, has also proven important to researchers studying a wide range of related topics.

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Two Princeton seniors, three alumni awarded inaugural Schwarzman Scholarships for study in Beijing

Princeton seniors Ella Cheng and Tyler Rudolph and alumni Lucas Briger, Anastasya Lloyd-Damnjanovic and Yung Yung (Rosy) Yang have been named inaugural Schwarzman Scholars. The Schwarzman Scholarship covers the cost of graduate study and living toward a one-year master's program in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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Princeton's mathematicians explore the science of patterns

Towering about the arches and ivy, 13-story Fine Hall is home to the Department of Mathematics and to some of the deepest thinkers on campus.

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FACULTY AWARD: Shapiro recognized for work on international relations, peace research

Jacob Shapiro, an associate professor of politics and international affairs, has been named winner of the 2016 Karl Deutsch Award by the International Studies Association. Presented annually, the award recognizes a scholar who has made significant contributions to the study of international relations and peace research.

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FACULTY AWARD: Okeke-Agulu wins Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism

Chika Okeke-Agulu, associate professor of art and archaeology and African American studies, has been awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association (CAA) for his book "Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in 20th-Century Nigeria" (Duke University Press, 2015).

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