Archive – November, 2005
Foundation ethics is topic of talk, Dec. 8
Posted November 30, 2005; 11:54 p.m.
Emmett Carson, president and chief executive officer of The Minneapolis Foundation, will deliver a lecture on "Foundation Ethics and Accountability: Ensuring the Public Trust" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Muldoon to present second talk in President's Lecture Series, Dec. 8
Posted November 30, 2005; 11:50 p.m.
Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities, will present the second talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Thursday, Dec. 8.
Anthropologist Mary Douglas to speak, Dec. 7
Posted November 30, 2005; 11:45 p.m.
Eminent anthropologist Mary Douglas will speak on "Numbering the People of Israel: Biblical and Secular Agendas" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Discussion examines Dyson's book on Cosby, Dec. 6
Posted November 30, 2005; 11:38 p.m.
University of Pennsylvania scholar Michael Eric Dyson and Princeton professor Eddie Glaude will discuss Dyson's book "Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Former ambassador to Israel appointed visiting professor
Posted November 30, 2005; 02:08 p.m.
Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt, has been appointed the University's first S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle East Policy Studies in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
David Sedaris selected as Baccalaureate speaker
Posted November 30, 2005; 10:39 a.m.
Humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris has been chosen as the speaker for this year's Baccalaureate, the interfaith worship service that is one of Princeton's oldest traditions. The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 4.
New Web site provides residential college information
Posted November 30, 2005; 10:05 a.m.
A Web site has been launched to provide undergraduates and other members of the University community with up-to-date information on planning for the new residential college system.
Exploring Hispanics’ growing role in American society
Posted November 28, 2005; 02:30 p.m.
At the start of the fall semester, sociologist Marta Tienda asked students in her freshman seminar on “Hispanics and the American Future” to identify their own racial backgrounds. The varying degrees of self-identification illustrate the difficulty of trying to fit people of diverse heritage into neat categories, Tienda said in revealing the results to the class several weeks later.
Wildberg selected as master of Forbes College
Posted November 28, 2005; 12:00 p.m.
Christian Wildberg, professor of classics, has been named master of Forbes College, effective July 1, 2006.
'NAFTA and Beyond' conference is Dec. 2-3
Posted November 25, 2005; 12:51 p.m.
A conference on "NAFTA and Beyond: Alternative Disciplinary Perspectives in the Study of Global Trade and Development" is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, on campus.
Students present French theater workshop, Dec. 7
Posted November 23, 2005; 05:14 p.m.
The French theater workshop L'Atelier will present student performances from a variety of works at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Rockefeller College common room.
Concert features Princeton composers' work, Dec. 6
Posted November 23, 2005; 05:12 p.m.
The Boston Sound Collective, an improvisational musical ensemble, will perform a concert featuring works by Princeton composers at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.
Burnett speaks on Supreme Court clerk experience, Nov. 29
Posted November 23, 2005; 05:09 p.m.
Christina Burnett, a graduate student in history, will discuss her experience as a Supreme Court clerk in a lecture titled "The Court and Its Culture: A Conversation" at noon Tuesday, Nov. 29, in 210 Dickinson Hall.
U.N. peacekeeping chief to speak, Nov. 30
Posted November 23, 2005; 05:06 p.m.
The head of the United Nations' peacekeeping operations will discuss key issues in global peacekeeping efforts at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in 1 Robertson Hall.
Branker receives Fulbright to teach in Estonia
Posted November 22, 2005; 03:07 p.m.
Anthony D.J. Branker, senior lecturer in the Department of Music and director of the University's jazz program, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at the Estonian Academy of Music.
Finding the holy in everyday life through literature
Posted November 22, 2005; 03:02 p.m.
Seated at a table in Blair Hall on a recent afternoon, a group of freshmen grappled with the idea of grace. They had just watched the film “The Diary of a Country Priest,” which gives a wrenching portrayal of one man’s suffering and his efforts to hold on to, and share, his faith.
Miller, aspiring novelist and professor, wins Rhodes Scholarship
Posted November 21, 2005; 04:55 p.m.
Jeffrey Miller, a Princeton senior who aspires to become a novelist and English professor, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford in England.
Conservative movement examined, Dec. 1-3
Posted November 18, 2005; 01:40 p.m.
Political activists, academics and journalists will gather to examine how the modern conservative movement was built and to assess both its impact and how it has evolved over the past 40 years during a conference Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3, on campus.
Pulitzer winner to discuss war in Iraq, Nov. 30
Posted November 18, 2005; 01:36 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh will discuss "The War in Iraq: Bush's Democracy and the Real Thing" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in McCosh 50.
FluFest scheduled for Nov. 28-29
Posted November 18, 2005; 01:26 p.m.
FluFest, University Health Services' annual flu immunization program and wellness fair, is set for 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 28-29, on the B and 100 levels of the Frist Campus Center.
Filmmakers to discuss 'Eyes on the Prize,' Nov. 21
Posted November 18, 2005; 01:17 p.m.
Filmmakers Sam Pollard and Sheila Curran Bernard will discuss the PBS series "Eyes on the Prize" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in Betts Auditorium, Architecture Building.
Magician Ricky Jay to speak, Nov. 21
Posted November 18, 2005; 01:14 p.m.
Magician Ricky Jay will speak about "Sleight and Shadow," the relationship of magicians to mediums, at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov, 21, in McCosh 10.
Military, strategic intelligence expert to speak, Nov. 22
Posted November 18, 2005; 01:10 p.m.
Former National Security Agency Director William Odom will speak on "Strategic Drift and Dwarfish Leaders" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Conway elected to Cambridge Philosophical Society
Posted November 17, 2005; 08:47 p.m.
John Conway, the John von Neumann Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton, has been inducted into the Cambridge Philosophical Society as an honorary fellow.
Phillips named APS fellow
Posted November 17, 2005; 08:07 p.m.
Cynthia Phillips, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Journalist to focus on terrorism, Nov. 21
Posted November 17, 2005; 07:22 p.m.
Ahmed Rashid, an award-winning Pakistani journalist and author, will present a lecture titled "Afghanistan, Pakistan and Terror" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
New neuroscience institute will bridge disciplines, take innovative approach
Posted November 16, 2005; 04:08 p.m.
Princeton University is expanding its teaching and research capabilities in neuroscience -- considered by many the next field ripe for significant scientific breakthroughs -- by launching an institute that will bridge many disciplines and take a new approach to studying the brain and nervous system.
Engineers apply optimization to streamline work assignments
Posted November 16, 2005; 09:41 a.m.
Christodoulos Floudas and his students Stacy Janak and Martin Taylor have invented a mathematical formula that may transform the way that day-to-day work assignments are made across government and industry.
Comic artist's visit to aid Katrina efforts, Nov. 17
Posted November 15, 2005; 03:04 p.m.
The Graduate Student Government is hosting a visit from online comic strip author Jorge Cham at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Café Vivian in the Frist Campus Center to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
New Jersey colleges unite to offer area's first higher-ed database
Posted November 15, 2005; 07:00 a.m.
Twenty-eight New Jersey colleges and universities have teamed up to offer the region's first online jobs database aimed at helping higher education institutions attract and retain a diverse work force.
Students hone Spanish skills as community volunteers
Posted November 14, 2005; 03:26 p.m.
At 10 a.m. on a Saturday in late October, nine University students took on the role of Spanish instructors at the Henry Pannell Learning Center on Clay Street in Princeton. The two-hour session was part of a new program called Spanish Skills at Work, which brings together Spanish students from the University and members of the community who want to work on their writing and comprehension of Spanish or who need the help of translators.
Survey seeks information on parking and transportation
Posted November 14, 2005; 09:00 a.m.
University faculty, staff and graduate students are being asked to complete a survey about parking and transportation use and behavior that will help determine a strategy for meeting short- and long-term needs in these areas.
Oates wins French literature prize
Posted November 13, 2005; 06:30 p.m.
Joyce Carol Oates, the Roger Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities, has won one of France's top foreign literature prizes.
Conference to look at 'Anti-Americanism in Europe,' Nov 18-19
Posted November 11, 2005; 05:12 p.m.
Distinguished American and European scholars and journalists will convene at Princeton Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, for a conference on "Anti-Americanism in Europe."
Pakistani rock star performs benefit concert, Nov. 17
Posted November 11, 2005; 05:09 p.m.
Salman Ahmad, one of the most famous rock musicians in Pakistan and India, will visit campus Thursday, Nov. 17, to participate in a forum on tensions between religion and artistic expression and to perform a benefit concert for earthquake relief.
Talk focuses on 2005 and 2006 elections, Nov. 17
Posted November 11, 2005; 05:03 p.m.
Josh Earnest, press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, and Tracey Schmitt, press secretary for the Republican National Committee, will discuss the 2005 elections and look ahead to 2006 in a talk scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Noted mountain climber to speak, Nov. 16
Posted November 11, 2005; 04:57 p.m.
Erik Weihenmayer, who overcame the loss of his sight early in life to become one of the foremost mountain climbers in the world, will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Filmmakers to discuss 'Benjamin Franklin,' Nov. 16
Posted November 11, 2005; 04:53 p.m.
Filmmakers Muffie Meyer and Ronald Blumer will discuss their Emmy Award-winning series, "Benjamin Franklin," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in 101 McCormick.
Wisse to present Bowen Lecture, Nov. 16
Posted November 11, 2005; 04:49 p.m.
Ruth Wisse of Harvard University will speak on "The Great Jewish Political Experiment: Did the Diaspora Save or Doom the Jews?" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in McCosh 50.
Buruma to present two lectures, Nov. 15-16
Posted November 11, 2005; 04:43 p.m.
Author and journalist Ian Buruma will present two lectures on campus on topics ranging from democracy to nationalism.
Author to discuss gay marriage and children, Nov. 15
Posted November 11, 2005; 04:32 p.m.
Writer and activist Jonathan Rauch will pose the question "Will Gay Marriage Help or Hurt America's Children?" in a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Babbitt to call for national land use policy, Nov. 15
Posted November 11, 2005; 04:28 p.m.
Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt will deliver the 2005 Taplin Environmental Lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in 104 Computer Science Building.
Times editor Keller to speak, Nov. 14
Posted November 11, 2005; 04:14 p.m.
Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, will deliver a talk titled "American Media: Still the Fourth Estate?" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Triangle show spoofs Hollywood film industry
Posted November 10, 2005; 01:38 p.m.
The Princeton Triangle Club, the nation's oldest collegiate musical-comedy troupe, will present its fall show, "Excess Hollywood," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, at McCarter Theatre.
New hall at Whitman College will honor class of 1981
Posted November 10, 2005; 07:00 a.m.
For the first time at Princeton University, a class that graduated after World War II will have a dormitory named in its honor. The new 1981 Hall, a gift from members of the class of 1981, will be located within the Whitman College residential complex, now under construction, and also will become the first dormitory to honor a co-educational class.
Rupp and Levinson to be honored with alumni awards
Posted November 10, 2005; 07:00 a.m.
Two Princeton graduates -- George Rupp, president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee, and Arthur Levinson, president and chief executive officer of Genentech -- have been selected as the 2006 recipients of the University's top honors for alumni.
One of world's fastest supercomputers to aid Princeton researchers
Posted November 10, 2005; 07:00 a.m.
A unique partnership between Princeton scientists and information technology administrators has brought one of the world's fastest supercomputers to the University to spur advancements in research.
Nassoons perform after Yale game, Nov. 12
Posted November 9, 2005; 10:04 p.m.
The Princeton Nassoons will present "YaleJam," an a cappella face-off against the Yale Whiffenpoofs, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Reporter to discuss leak investigation, Nov. 14
Posted November 9, 2005; 09:59 p.m.
Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper will discuss his involvement in the ongoing White House leak investigation at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in McCosh 10.
West, Zizek to discuss 'Who Believes What,' Nov. 17
Posted November 8, 2005; 10:24 a.m.
Princeton professor Cornel West will join philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek in a discussion titled "The Ignorance of Chicken, or Who Believes What Today?" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in McCosh 50. A free screening of a documentary on Zizek is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
Economist, professor emeritus Robert Kuenne dies at 81
Posted November 8, 2005; 06:51 a.m.
Robert Kuenne, a noted economist, author and professor who taught at Princeton University for 41 years, died Saturday, Nov. 5, at his home in Princeton of Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 81.
Theater and dance presents tragicomic tale, Nov. 11-19
Posted November 7, 2005; 05:07 p.m.
"A Long History of Neglect," a tragicomic tale of contemporary American domestic life by Princeton alumnus Noah Haidle, opens Friday, Nov. 11, at the Berlind Theatre.
Joseph Greenberg, University registrar, dies
Posted November 7, 2005; 04:24 p.m.
University Registrar Joseph Greenberg, a graduate alumnus of Princeton who joined the registrar's office in 1978, died Sunday, Nov. 6, of complications from brain cancer. He was 58.
Meeting includes open forum on the arts, Nov. 14
Posted November 7, 2005; 01:16 p.m.
Members of the campus community will have an opportunity to offer their views on the future of the creative and performing arts at Princeton during the Monday, Nov. 14, meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Friend Center.
Friends of the Library present 75th anniversary exhibition, Nov. 13-April 16
Posted November 4, 2005; 06:22 p.m.
The Friends of the Princeton University Library are celebrating their 75th anniversary with an exhibition of holdings acquired with the group's support from Sunday, Nov. 13, through Sunday, April 16, in Firestone Library's main gallery.
Events to connect Einstein, physics and music, Nov. 13
Posted November 4, 2005; 06:16 p.m.
A lecture and a concert exploring connections between Albert Einstein, music and physics are set for Sunday, Nov. 13, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.
Veterans Day observance planned for Nov. 11
Posted November 4, 2005; 05:59 p.m.
On Friday, Nov. 11, the Office of the Recording Secretary is sponsoring a gathering of University staff, faculty, students and alumni from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the chapel in observance of Veterans Day.
Post reporter speaks on religious right, Nov. 10
Posted November 4, 2005; 05:49 p.m.
Washington Post reporter Hanna Rosin will present a lecture titled "The Religious Right Controls America and Other Myths From the Campaign Trail" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Conference examines fairy tale author's legacy, Nov. 10-12
Posted November 4, 2005; 05:27 p.m.
Hans Christian Andersen, the fairy tale author adored by generations of readers, will be the subject of a conference Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10-12, at Cotsen Children's Library.
Campus residents directed to polling stations, Nov. 8
Posted November 4, 2005; 05:24 p.m.
Residents of the Princeton University campus can find the location of their polling stations through an online chart and map.
Danner to discuss aftermath of Abu Ghraib, Nov. 9
Posted November 4, 2005; 04:59 p.m.
"Torture, the Press and Human Rights After Abu Ghraib" is the topic of a lecture by journalist Mark Danner scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Expressions Dance Co. performs fall show, Nov. 11-12
Posted November 4, 2005; 04:28 p.m.
The Expressions Dance Company will perform its fall show, "I Love the '90s," at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Frist Campus Center theater.
Grant fosters international collaboration along with innovative cosmology research
Posted November 4, 2005; 08:43 a.m.
A major new grant will take Princeton researchers around the world in search of answers to some of cosmology’s most pressing questions.
Graduate School moves to Clio Hall
Posted November 3, 2005; 06:11 p.m.
The offices of the Graduate School are now consolidated in one central location, Clio Hall.
Experimenting with new ways to make music
Posted November 3, 2005; 03:28 p.m.
Pass by the basement rehearsal space in Woolworth on a Thursday afternoon and you may hear electronic raindrops, a fast-forward reading of Dr. Seuss or a deep moaning that seems to emanate from the bottom of the ocean. You may even hear something you recognize as music, like a rockabilly jazz melody.
Filmmaker to discuss 'Eugene O'Neill,' Nov. 9
Posted November 3, 2005; 12:01 p.m.
Filmmaker Ric Burns will present excerpts of his newest work, "Eugene O’Neill," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in 101 McCormick.
Ondaatje, Smith to read from their work, Nov. 9
Posted November 3, 2005; 11:53 a.m.
Novelist, poet, playwright and literary critic Michael Ondaatje and poet Tracy Smith will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
Herbert to discuss incompetence, Nov. 8
Posted November 3, 2005; 11:49 a.m.
Bob Herbert, an award-winning op-ed columnist for The New York Times, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in McCosh 50. His address is titled " The Consequences of Incompetence: The All-Too-Human Costs of Bad Thinking and Poor Decision-making by People in High Places."
Symposium covers science, press, Nov. 8
Posted November 3, 2005; 11:43 a.m.
Scientists and journalists will participate in a symposium titled "Blurry Vision: Bridging the Gap Between Science and the Public" on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The morning session, from 9 to 11 a.m., will be held in 3 Lewis Thomas Laboratory. The afternoon session, from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m., will take place in 101 McCormick Hall.
International development expert to speak, Nov. 8
Posted November 3, 2005; 11:35 a.m.
International development expert Michael Edwards will discuss "Civil Society: Big Idea or Political Slogan?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Global climate change is subject of talk, Nov. 7
Posted November 3, 2005; 11:29 a.m.
Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, will deliver a lecture titled "Climate Change: Moving the Debate from 'Why' to 'How'" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Photo exhibition focuses on Gorbachev era, Nov. 7-18
Posted November 3, 2005; 11:00 a.m.
A photo exhibition chronicling Mikhail Gorbachev's leadership of the former Soviet Union will be on view outside of the Chancellor Green café from Monday, Nov. 7, through Friday, Nov. 18.
Former trustee, alumnus William O. Baker dies at 90
Posted November 2, 2005; 04:22 p.m.
William O. Baker, a Princeton graduate alumnus and former charter trustee who earned a national reputation as a presidential adviser on science, died Oct. 31 in Chatham, N.J., at age 90.
Fragile Families study spawns research and teaching opportunities
Posted November 2, 2005; 01:19 p.m.
It was just before noon on a Thursday in late September when a group of professors, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff members assembled in a teleconference room in the basement of Wallace Hall. The teleconference, which meets every other week, brings together students and faculty at the three universities who are conducting research using Princeton’s Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study.