Archive – December, 2005
Princeton coaches and athletes to speak, Jan. 12
Posted December 28, 2005; 03:51 p.m.
The head coaches of four Princeton sports teams will discuss their programs at a luncheon set for noon Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Class of 1956 Lounge, Princeton Stadium.
Unique figures keep watch over campus
Posted December 27, 2005; 11:00 p.m.
Princeton's gargoyles, the small grotesque animal or human figures carved in stone, can be found at dozens of locations on everything from downspouts to arches. "The Gargoyles of Princeton University: A Grotesque Tour of the Campus," a book produced by the Office of Communications, provides a glimpse and description of many of those figures.
Nassau Hall is a campus and national landmark
Posted December 22, 2005; 04:51 p.m.
Nassau Hall, the centerpiece of the Princeton campus, is both a University and national landmark.
Researchers develop new method for studying 'mental time travel'
Posted December 22, 2005; 04:43 p.m.
Neuroscientists at Princeton University have developed a new way of tracking people's mental state as they think back to previous events -- a process that has been described as "mental time travel."
Work resumes at Princeton's Whitman College site after fire, Dec. 22
Posted December 22, 2005; 02:31 p.m.
Six contractors at the Whitman College construction site were injured this morning in a flash fire that was quickly extinguished. As of this afternoon, one of the workers is being treated for a severe hand burn while the others have been or will be released from area hospitals today.
Littman earns award for laser technology
Posted December 21, 2005; 11:07 a.m.
The Optical Society of America has given its annual Engineering Excellence Award to Michael Littman, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, for his work on laser technology.
Two honored by geophysical union
Posted December 21, 2005; 11:01 a.m.
The American Geophysical Union presented major awards to Princeton faculty members Francois Morel and Michael Celia at its fall meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 7.
King Day celebration set for Jan. 16
Posted December 21, 2005; 10:40 a.m.
The University will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall.
Exploring the influence of environment on writers
Posted December 19, 2005; 01:00 p.m.
Scholars of great literature often are intrigued by questions that lie outside the pages of the text. For English professor Diana Fuss, one question that consumed her was: Where did my favorite writers write? To find the answers, Fuss wrote “The Sense of an Interior: Four Writers and the Rooms That Shaped Them,” a study of the living and writing spaces of four well-known authors. Last month the volume, published by Routledge, was awarded the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize as the outstanding book of 2004.
Public safety center now at 200 Elm Drive
Posted December 19, 2005; 12:19 p.m.
Effective Monday, Dec. 19, the Department of Public Safety's communications and dispatch center has moved from Stanhope Hall to 200 Elm Drive.
Early admission offered to 599 students for class of 2010
Posted December 19, 2005; 07:00 a.m.
Princeton University has offered admission to 599 students from a pool of 2,236 high school seniors who applied through early decision for the class of 2010.
Celebrating winter holidays from around the world
Posted December 15, 2005; 01:00 p.m.
Students, faculty and staff took advantage of the opportunity to learn about winter holidays from around the world during the Frist Campus Center's Winter Holiday Festival on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Participants enjoyed live music, a variety of holiday desserts and beverages and classic holiday films during the festival, which was part of the center's yearlong fifth anniversary celebration.
Biehl book garners awards
Posted December 14, 2005; 10:13 a.m.
João Biehl, assistant professor of anthropology, has won two awards for his new book, "Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment."
Offices move to Burr Hall, Dec. 20
Posted December 14, 2005; 10:05 a.m.
The Department of Anthropology, the Program in Latin American Studies and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies will relocate to Burr Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Kang works to pinpoint cause of cancer spread
Posted December 14, 2005; 09:37 a.m.
The five-year survival rate for women with early-stage breast cancer is 98 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. For those with a late-stage form of the disease, the rate falls dramatically to 26 percent. “One reason is that we really don’t know much about metastasis,” said Yibin Kang, an assistant professor of molecular biology at Princeton. Armed with a recent grant and innovative research tools, he’s hoping to provide new data on the spread of cancer.
Students gain scientific savvy in popular biology course for humanities majors
Posted December 12, 2005; 03:37 p.m.
Freshman Emily Miller never thought fulfilling her science requirement would be so much fun: Imagine getting to clone some of your own DNA, replicating part of a Nobel Prize-winning experiment or actually staying awake — and understanding! — when your professor starts talking about things like “cell differentiation” and “genome codes.”
PPPL honors two researchers
Posted December 9, 2005; 05:04 p.m.
Two researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Taik Soo Hahm and Wayne Reiersen, have been honored for their achievements in the field.
A cappella groups perform, Dec. 13
Posted December 9, 2005; 05:00 p.m.
Several of Princeton's a cappella groups will present an evening of holiday music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
TigerCard office moves to Stanhope, Dec. 16
Posted December 9, 2005; 01:52 p.m.
The TigerCard and parking office will be moving to temporary quarters in Stanhope Hall on Friday, Dec. 16. The office will be closed for business while the move occurs, and will re-open on Monday, Dec. 19, in its new location.
Orchestra concert set for Dec. 10-11
Posted December 9, 2005; 12:26 p.m.
The Princeton University Orchestra will perform a concert featuring the works of Brahms, Mahler, de Falla and Debussy at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Snow delays opening until 10 a.m. for non-critical staff, Dec. 9
Posted December 9, 2005; 05:45 a.m.
Due to snowfall, Princeton University has delayed its opening until 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, for non-critical support personnel. Critical employees are expected to report at their normal hours.
Center embraces discovery across the natural sciences
Posted December 8, 2005; 03:44 p.m.
Princeton has established a new center to promote the exploration of frontiers in the theoretical natural sciences. Beginning in fall 2006, the Princeton Center for Theoretical Physics will bring together faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students from science departments across campus to study topics ranging from the Big Bang to quantum computing to evolution.
DiSiac performance features 'Elements' of dance
Posted December 8, 2005; 01:26 p.m.
The diSiac Dance Co. will perform its annual fall semester show, "Elements," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, and at 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Berlind Theatre.
Winter Holiday Festival set at Frist, Dec. 14
Posted December 7, 2005; 12:37 p.m.
The Frist Campus Center's yearlong fifth anniversary celebration will continue on Wednesday, Dec. 14, with the Winter Holiday Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.
Free Africa Foundation president speaks, Dec. 13
Posted December 7, 2005; 12:30 p.m.
George Ayittey, president of the Free Africa Foundation, will lecture on "Africa Unchained" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Lecture focuses on strategies for peace in Middle East, Dec. 12
Posted December 7, 2005; 12:27 p.m.
Gilad Ben-Nun, Middle-East program officer for the United Nations Development Program and West Bank coordinator for Peace Now, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Nassau Street entrance closed, Dec. 16-Jan. 3
Posted December 7, 2005; 12:24 p.m.
The Nassau Street entrance to campus for vehicles will be closed during University's winter recess, from 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, until 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. The Faculty Road entrance will be open 24 hours a day during this period.
Glee Club, Chamber Choir perform holiday concert, Dec. 9
Posted December 6, 2005; 04:22 p.m.
The Glee Club and Chamber Choir will perform a winter holiday concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Goldmark discusses public service careers, Dec. 12
Posted December 6, 2005; 04:19 p.m.
Peter Goldmark, a visiting professor at Princeton with a long career in the public sector, will deliver a lecture for students interested in public service, titled "Managing Your Career," at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Talk focuses on inequality in education, Dec. 14
Posted December 6, 2005; 04:17 p.m.
"Rethinking Brown: The Unfinished Struggle for Equal Education in the 20th-century North" is the topic of a lecture scheduled for noon Wednesday, Dec. 14, in 211 Dickinson Hall.
Gospel Ensemble presents winter concert, Dec. 11
Posted December 6, 2005; 04:11 p.m.
The Gospel Ensemble will perform its annual winter concert, "Believe!," at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Hamilton-Murray Theater.
Scholar conveys complex ideas clearly — in 10 languages
Posted December 6, 2005; 08:51 a.m.
One afternoon, on a whim, an ambitious junior named Cara Sheffler sent an e-mail message to a professor she had never met, Daniel Heller-Roazen of the Department of Comparative Literature. The note explained that she was eager to learn Old Provençal, a language spoken in Europe in the 12th century by a band of traveling poets known as the troubadours. Would he teach it to her?
Quipfire presents winter show, Dec. 8-10
Posted December 5, 2005; 05:40 p.m.
The Quipfire improvisational comedy troupe will perform its winter show at 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 8-10, at the Hamilton-Murray Theater.
Nomadic historian inspires passion for Africa
Posted December 5, 2005; 04:16 p.m.
Operating in some of the most remote lands in southern Africa, historian Emmanuel Kreike collects life stories of people ravaged by war and environmental hardship. Despite what he has seen, he emphatically declares: “I’m an Afro-optimist.”
Greenberg memorial service set for Dec. 13
Posted December 5, 2005; 11:08 a.m.
A memorial service for University Registrar Joseph Greenberg is planned for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the University Chapel.
Weather-related closing information available
Posted December 5, 2005; 10:41 a.m.
With a winter weather advisory in effect for later today, Princeton students, staff and faculty members are advised to check the University home page for updates on any weather-related closings.
Dec. 8 lecture on judicial confirmation process postponed
Posted December 2, 2005; 02:18 p.m.
A lecture on "The Constitutional Propriety of Ideological 'Litmus Tests' for Judges" scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in 104 Computer Science Building has been postponed.
New building embraces neighborhood plan, engineering vision
Posted December 2, 2005; 10:00 a.m.
The University has selected the award-winning architecture firm of Frederick Fisher and Partners to design a new building for the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
Center to address societal issues driven by technology
Posted December 2, 2005; 10:00 a.m.
Forging ties between technologists and public policy experts, Princeton is creating a research center to address societal issues, such as privacy and security, that arise from advances in computer technology.
Tilghman explores clash of science, politics and religion in talk at Oxford University
Posted December 1, 2005; 09:45 p.m.
Clashes between scientists and politicians, especially those inspired by religious motives, are slowing progress on several fronts and threatening the very integrity of the scientific enterprise, Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman warned scholars gathered at the University of Oxford on Thursday, Dec. 1.
Theatre Intime presents 'Wonderland Salvage'
Posted December 1, 2005; 03:29 p.m.
Theatre Intime will present "Wonderland Salvage," an original play written and directed by junior J.D.M. Williams, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3, and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8-10 in the Hamilton-Murray Theater. A matinee performance also will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 10.
Two win Marshall Scholarships to study in England
Posted December 1, 2005; 10:00 a.m.
Allison Bishop, a senior majoring in mathematics, and Yusufi Vali, a 2005 alumnus currently studying in Syria, have been awarded 2006 Marshall Scholarships for graduate study in England.
Fuss to receive MLA book award
Posted December 1, 2005; 12:16 a.m.
Professor of English Diana Fuss has been selected to receive the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize, awarded annually for an outstanding book written by a member of the association.
Clothing drive, other community service activities planned
Posted December 1, 2005; 12:11 a.m.
Members of the University community will have the opportunity to share some holiday spirit through a clothing drive and several other community service initiatives being coordinated through the Office of Community and State Affairs.
Drop off coats at Frist through Dec. 15
Posted December 1, 2005; 12:06 a.m.
The Frist Campus Center will serve as a collection site for the Jersey Cares 10th Annual Coat Drive through Thursday, Dec. 15.
Gathering set to remember Davies, Dec. 10
Posted December 1, 2005; 12:02 a.m.
A gathering to remember Horton Davies, the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus, is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in Murray-Dodge Hall.