Archive – December, 2000
Professor edits landmark encyclopedia
Posted December 29, 2000; 02:37 p.m.
A 4,700-page, five-volume set of scientific articles may not sound like the most spellbinding reading. But the new Encyclopedia of Biodiversity edited by Princeton ecologist Simon Levin is proving to be just that for anyone with even a passing ...
Research on "body sense" could one day help people with prosthetic limbs
Posted December 21, 2000; 04:31 p.m.
Princeton neuroscientists are beginning to uncover the brain's surprisingly complex mechanism behind what would appear to be a very mundane ability: sensing the location of arms, legs, head and torso.
In addition to answering fundamental questi...
Connections Dance Theater to perform, Jan. 26
Posted December 21, 2000; 04:10 p.m.
The International Center is pleased to present Connections Dance Theater in concert with Panterinya Primavera del Tango Quintet in "Tango: Memories of an Immigrant," featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla on Friday, Jan. 26 in the Frist Campus...
Edmund Synakowski named fellow of American Physical Society
Posted December 19, 2000; 02:03 p.m.
Edmund Synakowski, a physicist at the Plasma Physics Laboratory, was named a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Synakowski was recognized for his work in fusion energy research concerning heat retention in plasmas (hot, ionized gases) tha...
Patricia Fortini-Brown named Slade Professor of Fine Arts
Posted December 19, 2000; 01:59 p.m.
Professor Patricia Fortini-Brown, chairwoman of the Department of Art and Archaeology, has been named the 2000-01 Slade Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Cambridge.
Fortini-Brown will deliver the annual Slade Lectures during the winte...
Fagles translations to be performed
Posted December 19, 2000; 01:55 p.m.
Translations of ancient Greek dramatists by Robet Fagles, the Arthur Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature, are being produced by the American Repertory Theatre(ART) in Cambridge, Mass., and the Berkeley, Calif. Repertory Theatre.
Neuroscience contest prompts "thinking about thinking"
Posted December 15, 2000; 02:51 p.m.
Concluding an unusual intellectual contest, a Princeton scientist has revealed the principles behind a computer model of a mouse brain capable of recognizing spoken words.
Neuroscientist John Hopfield created the brain simulation several months...
Toni Morrison receives National Humanities Medal
Posted December 15, 2000; 12:51 a.m.
Novelist and Princeton University Humanities Professor Toni Morrison was honored as a National Humanities Medalist on Wednesday by President Clinton, in recognition of her contributions to American cultural life and thought. The National Endowment...
Professor Marius Berthus Jansen dies
Posted December 14, 2000; 05:29 p.m.
Marius Berthus Jansen, world-renowned scholar and Emeritus Professor of Japanese History at Princeton University, died on Sunday, Dec. 10, at his home in Princeton.
Born in the Netherlands in 1922, Jansen grew up in Massachusetts and received h...
Princeton students receive Rhodes, Marshall scholarships
Posted December 14, 2000; 05:10 p.m.
Two Princeton University seniors will receive prestigious scholarships for study in the United Kingdom following their graduation.
Brandon Miller, of Mohrsville, Pa., is among 32 American students selected for a Rhodes Scholarship, and Seth Gre...
Professor Charles P. Issawi, Middle East scholar, dies
Posted December 13, 2000; 05:18 p.m.
Charles P. Issawi , economist and historian, public servant and scholar who was Bayard E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies emeritus at Princeton University, died Friday, Dec. 8 at his home in Pennswood Village, Pa. He was 84.
Born in ...
American Revolutionary War 225th Anniversary Commission meets, Dec. 13
Posted December 11, 2000; 05:40 p.m.
University will host the convening meeting of New Jersey's 225th Anniversary of the American Revolutionary War Celebration Commission in Nassau Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The 10 a.m. meeting, which is open to the public, will be chaired by Secret...
Giving tree project
Posted December 11, 2000; 02:36 p.m.
Class of 2001 sponsored the first annual Princeton Giving Tree Project, designed to provide gifts for the holidays to children living in low to moderate income communities in the Princeton area.
The project was open to undergraduates, graduate ...
In Princeton speech, dissident urges U.S. pressure on China
Posted December 8, 2000; 01:24 p.m.
In an address at Princeton Thursday, exiled Chinese dissident and former political prisoner Harry Wu called upon the United States to use its economic leverage to advance human rights and bring down China's Communist regime.
"China needs the We...
Professor James C. Sturm honored
Posted December 6, 2000; 03:26 p.m.
C. Sturm, professor in the department of electrical engineering, has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to novel silicon-based semiconductor devices, large-area electronics, and en...
Andrew Yao elected to the Academia Sinica
Posted December 6, 2000; 02:11 p.m.
Yao, professor in the department of computer science, has been elected to the Academia Sinica, the most prominent academic institution in the Republic of China.
Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601
Daniel Chee Tsui elected foreign academician
Posted December 6, 2000; 02:07 p.m.
Daniel Chee Tsui, Arthur Legrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been elected a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences for outstanding contributions to China's international scientific exchanges and cooperation.
Vincent Poor to receive Graduate Teaching Award
Posted December 6, 2000; 02:01 p.m.
Poor, professor in the department of electrical engineering, will receive the 2001 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Graduate Teaching Award
Poor was noted for "exemplary teaching, inspired guidance of graduate students, a...
Michael Graves to receive the 2001 AIA Gold Medal
Posted December 6, 2000; 01:50 p.m.
Michael Graves, the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, has been selected to receive the 200 Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects.
The highest honor the AIA confers to an individual, the Gold Medal recognizes a pers...
Bowen honored for groundbreaking book
Posted December 6, 2000; 01:28 p.m.
William Bowen, president of Princeton from 1972 to 1988, has been selected to receive the 2001 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education.
Bowen, now president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will receive the award with Derek Bo...
Class project brings community history to life
Posted December 6, 2000; 12:24 a.m.
through the pages of a tattered and browned journal at the Princeton Historical Society on Nassau Street surrounded by a group of Princeton students, Henry "Hank" Pannell brushes his fingers across his grandmother's script. She died many decades a...
Posted December 5, 2000; 11:58 a.m.
Princeton University faculty, staff, and students may receive flu shots through University Health Services.
Students should call 258-5357 for an appointment. The cost is $10.00 and chargeable to your student account. Faculty and staff should ca...
Web browser design leaves opening for privacy attacks
Posted December 5, 2000; 12:31 a.m.
Princeton computer scientists have discovered a trait of Web browser design that allows Web sites to cull private information about the recent browsing histories of visitors.
While there is no evidence that any Web sites use such a snooping tac...
University launches Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination with discussion by religious leaders, Dec. 10
Posted December 4, 2000; 04:55 p.m.
Religious leaders from throughout the world will gather at PrincetonUniversity Sunday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. for a public panel discussion onthe religious dimensions of self-determination, as the universityofficially opens the new Liechtenstein Institu...
Introductory lecture for alumni studies course, Dec. 6
Posted December 4, 2000; 04:51 p.m.
Professor Caryl Emerson from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is presenting a free introductory lecture for her upcoming Alumni Studies course on Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and the Tasks of the Russian Novel. The lecture will be hel...
University donates $300,000 for new public library
Posted December 4, 2000; 04:37 p.m.
Princeton University has contributed $300,000 towards the construction of the new Princeton Public Library, according to a joint announcement by Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees President Harry Levine and Princeton University President H...
Palestinian film series, Dec 5, 11
Posted December 4, 2000; 04:26 p.m.
The Program in Near Eastern Studies is sponsoring a series of films by Arab and Palestinian filmmakers. The last two films will be shown this month.
On Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in Frist 307, the series features Wedding in Galilee, a richly ...
Professor James C. Sturm elected fellow
Posted December 4, 2000; 04:09 p.m.
Professor James C. Sturm of the Department of Electrical Engineering has been elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to novel silicon-based semiconductor devices, large-area electronics, an...
Princeton University contributes to Public Library, Dec. 4
Posted December 1, 2000; 06:28 p.m.
Princeton University President Harold T. Shapiro is scheduled to attend a news conference at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, at the Princeton Public Library, to announce a major contribution toward construction of the new Princeton Public Library.
Expert on Bedouins in Israel to speak, Dec.4
Posted December 1, 2000; 01:48 p.m.
Khaldi, public relations assistant to the chair of the Bedouin Local Councils Forum in Israel, will lecture on Monday, Dec. 4 about his experiences growing up as a Bedouin Arab Israeli and about Bedouin contributions to modern Israeli society, at ...
Lautenberg urges political reforms
Posted December 1, 2000; 12:33 a.m.
Princeton, N.J. - U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) yesterday lambasted partisan-politics, encouraged campaign finance reform and urged Princeton University students to seek public office as he reflected on important moments in his soon-to-en...