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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Stewart Smith

A.J. Stewart Smith, Princeton's vice president for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), is stepping down in February. Over his nearly five decades at Princeton, Smith has played a leading role in conducting and supporting research in his field of particle physics and throughout the University.

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As he prepares to leave PPPL in 2016, Smith reflects on five decades in physics and at Princeton

After nearly 50 years on the faculty and staff of Princeton University, A.J. Stewart Smith is stepping down next February from his current post as the University's first vice president for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Smith has played leading roles as an educator, particle physicist and administrator coordinating vast, vital research efforts.

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Clarence Brown, pioneer in modern Russian literature and translation, dies

Clarence Brown, professor of comparative literature, emeritus, at Princeton University, died in his sleep July 18 after a long illness in Seattle, where he moved after retiring in 1999. He was 86.

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Chew on this: Examining racial identity one literary bite at a time

For their final project, Princeton students in the spring course "Food, Literature and the American Racial Diet" worked in teams to create dishes that illustrated various aspects of how food interacts with racial identity. As part of a new Campus Dining initiative led by Executive Director Smitha Haneef to support students' academic experience, each team was paired with a chef who advised them on food ingredients, preparation and presentation. The dishes were presented and tasted at the "Princeton Feast" held April 30 in the Frist Campus Center, attended by students, faculty and staff.

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Service and mentorship focus of Princeton-in-Washington's landmark year

The Princeton-in-Washington Program is celebrating its 50th summer bringing together students studying or interning in Washington D.C., with alumni living in the area. This year's program runs June 17 to Aug. 1 and will feature a packed schedule of speakers, panel discussions and social events providing Princetonians an inside look at the political, cultural and social life of the nation's capital.

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Infants use expectations to shape their brains

Infants can use their expectations about the world to rapidly shape their developing brains, researchers have found.

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Princeton Writes Staff Essay Contest inspires stories from across campus

The Princeton Writes Staff Essay Contest inspired stories from across campus. The contest was cosponsored by Princeton Writes, a program in the Office of Human Resources dedicated to strengthening the practical communication skills at the University, along with the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Council of the Humanities.

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After 85-year search, massless particle with promise for next-generation electronics discovered

An international team led by Princeton University scientists has discovered Weyl fermions, elusive massless particles theorized 85 years ago that could give rise to faster and more efficient electronics because of their unusual ability to behave as matter and antimatter inside a crystal.

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Calhoun appointed Princeton's vice president for campus life

W. Rochelle Calhoun, who since 2008 has been dean of students and vice president for student affairs at Skidmore College, will become vice president for campus life at Princeton University effective Sept. 1.

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Podcast: Are doctors choosing the best treatment for heart attacks?

When a patient has a heart attack, the doctor has to make a choice: either treat the patient with clot-busting drugs or perform invasive surgery. But how do doctors decide which procedure is best, and how do those decisions affect patient outcomes? Princeton professor Janet Currie decided to investigate these questions. She discusses the findings on this episode of WooCast, the Wilson School's podcast series.

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Day named assistant vice president for Princeton Office of Communications

Daniel Day, who has led the Princeton University Office of Communications on an acting basis for the past year, has been named assistant vice president in charge of the office.

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Spinal tap: A peek into professors' bookshelves

Six Princeton professors talk about how the books on their shelves relate to their scholarship and teaching, highlight one or two favorite books, and share what's on their own summer reading (and in one case, film) lists.

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Five charts that demystify the Chinese housing market

Yes, there are reasons to worry about the Chinese housing market. But they may not be the reasons you expect.

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Q&A: What's next for Greece?

Suffocating from colossal debt, Greece has until July 12 to secure a third bailout from creditors. Otherwise, the country may make a swift exit from the eurozone, a move that could significantly damage the global community. We discussed the Greek debt crisis — and what lies ahead — with Ashoka Mody, the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Astrophysicist Greene studies the bright side of black holes

Princeton astrophysicist Jenny Greene is accustomed to working in remote places. But she always brings back what she learns to share with others. In addition to her research and teaching at Princeton, she mentors undergraduates, gives talks at amateur astronomy clubs, and inspires New Jersey state prison inmates to love algebra.

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Princeton's Annual Giving campaign raises record $61.5 million

Princeton University's 2014-15 Annual Giving campaign raised $61,490,178 — the highest total in Annual Giving history — with 60.3 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength and breadth across all of Princeton's constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents and friends.

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July 4 is milestone in America's — and Princeton's — history

Even as July 4 is recognized nationwide for the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the date has additional significance for the town of Princeton, which made history on that same date seven years later. On July 4, 1783, the town received a letter from the president of the Continental Congress confirming that Princeton would be the home of the U.S. government in the waning months of the American Revolutionary War.

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In Athens, Princeton student Makenna May sees Greek economic crisis up close

Student admission blogger Makenna May, Class of 2017, gives her perspective of the Greek economic crisis from Athens where she is on a summer internship offered through the University's International Internship Program.

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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 AWARD: Skinner named Simons Investigator in Mathematics

Christopher Skinner, Princeton University professor of mathematics, has been named a 2015 Simons Investigator in Mathematics by the New York-based Simons Foundation. Skinner, who works in number theory and arithmetic geometry, was recognized for a "striking" proof that "a positive proportion of elliptic curves defined over the rational numbers satisfy the Birch–Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture."

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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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