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Archive – February, 2006

'Black Men in America' is conference topic, March 4

"The State of Black Men in America: The Changing Faces of Leadership and the Quest for Excellence" is the focus of a conference scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4.

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Lecture series focuses on turning points in history, March 1-29

A distinguished group of Princeton historians will speak about events, people or eras that have played key roles in shaping the modern world during a four-session lecture series in March.

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Documentary screened on rural prisons, March 2

A pre-premiere screening of “Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story,” a new documentary on urban convicts in rural prisons, is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in 2 Robertson Hall. 

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Following in Darwin’s footprints: Hau unlocks secrets of tropical birds through field study on the Galápagos

The Galápagos Islands hold a unique place in the history of science. It was here, in the 1830s, that Charles Darwin gathered the clues that led to his theory of evolution. It is here, today, that Princeton’s Michaela Hau continues Darwin’s intrepid scientific tradition. Her studies of tropical birds may shed light on the mysteries of human behavior and could lead to better models for ecosystem conservation.

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Christensen selected as deputy assistant secretary of state

The White House and the U.S. State Department have selected Thomas J. Christensen, Princeton professor of politics and international affairs, as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs with responsibility for China, Taiwan and Mongolia. Pending the appropriate clearances, he is scheduled to assume the office this summer. 

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Princeton gives highest awards to top students

Princeton University recognized the winners of the highest honors it awards to students at Alumni Day ceremonies Saturday, Feb. 25. Seniors Jeremy Golubcow-Teglasi and James Williams shared the University's Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, and graduate students Liang Feng, Guy Geltner, Gerard Passannante and David Shih were honored as co-winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship.  

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Bernanke: Stable prices key to economic growth

Returning to Princeton University for his first public policy address as Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke stressed that stable prices are the key to economic and job growth -- endorsing the path charted by predecessors Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker. The former Princeton economist's Feb. 24 address was the keynote of a daylong conference on government service.

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Mental health screenings offered, Feb. 28

Princeton University Health Services is offering mental health screenings for students, faculty and staff from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Goheen Library, McCosh Health Center.

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Woodrow Wilson School creates 'Scholars in the Nation's Service' program to encourage government service

Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs today announced the creation of a highly selective "Scholars in the Nation's Service" initiative to encourage more of the nation's best and brightest students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government, especially in the international relations arena. Beginning in a student's junior year in college, the six-year program will include a summer federal government internship, approximately two years of federal government service after college and a master's degree in public affairs (MPA) from the Wilson School.  

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Players present 'Parade,' March 3-4 and 9-11

The Princeton University Players will present the musical “Parade” in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St., at 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4. The show also will run at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 9-10, and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11. 

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Naacho to perform annual spring show, March 2-4

Naacho, Princeton’s Indian dance troupe, will present its annual spring show, “Navya: A New Look,” at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 2-3, and at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Devoted to the expressive art of Indian dance, Naacho seeks to promo...

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French actor Gallienne to speak, March 2

Guillaume Gallienne, French actor and societaire from the Comedie-Francaise, will lecture on the prestigious state theater at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in McCosh 10. 

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Cultural anthropologist discusses rituals, March 2

Pascal Boyer, the Henry Luce Professor of Individual and Collective Memory at Washington University in St. Louis, will speak on "Why People Perform Rituals" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in 101 Friend Center. 

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Water resource expert to speak, March 1

A lecture titled "In Search of a National Water Policy: Learning From Katrina, Dry Canals and Pallid Sturgeon" is set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in McCosh 50. 

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Filmmaker to discuss her work, March 1

Christine Vachon, founder of and partner in Killer Films, will discuss her work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. 

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Cyprus official speaks on country's future, March 1

Euripides Evriviades, Cyprus' ambassador to the United States, will discuss his country's future in a lecture set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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World Wildlife Fund head to speak, Feb. 28

Carter Roberts, head of the World Wildlife Fund, will discuss "Conservation in a Code-Orange World: Why the Environment Matters to Security" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Lecture focuses on judicial power, Feb. 27

Political scientist Robert Lowry Clinton will examine the Supreme Court's power to interpret the Constitution in a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in 104 Computer Science Building.

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Advocate for Guantanamo detainees to speak, Feb. 27

Sabin Willett, a lawyer seeking the release of a group of Chinese nationals held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will deliver a talk titled "Who's at Guantanamo?" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Students bring August Wilson's 'Fences' to the stage, March 2-4

Two student theater groups are teaming up to produce August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Fences" in celebration of Black History Month. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4, in the Hamilton-Murray Theater. A matinee performance is set for 2 p.m. March 4.

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Session offers information on spring break child care, Feb. 28

Faculty, staff and graduate students can find out about child care options during spring break from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the lobby of Dillon Gymnasium. 

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Ashenfelter devises inventive real-world tests to illuminate labor economics

A creative approach to examining an important economic issue typifies the style that has made Princeton's Orley Ashenfelter one of the leading figures in labor economics. For more than 30 years, he has been a pioneer in devising inventive experimental methods to answer key questions about labor markets and other areas of economics.

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Letter to the editor of the Trenton (N.J.) Times

This letter to the editor was published in the Feb. 17, 2006, Trenton (N.J.) Times:

The Times' article about the lawsuit brought against Princeton University by William Robertson and other members of the Robertson family, "University funds diverted" (Feb. 10), was based entirely on selective materials recently submitted by them to the court. The result is not only a one-sided view of a complex case covering more than 45 years and several hundred thousand pages of documents, but an article that left several serious misimpressions.

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Plans progress for reconstruction of Butler College dormitories

As part of the project to enhance the University's residential college system, officials are moving ahead with plans to demolish five dormitories and construct new dormitories on the same site. 

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Ross offers view of Middle East's future, Feb. 23

Dennis Ross, a former U.S. envoy to the Middle East who played a key role in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, will discuss the region's future in a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. 

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Panelists to analyze Kennan's 'Long Telegram,' Feb. 23

A panel discussion on "George F. Kennan's 'Long Telegram'" is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in 219 Burr Hall. 

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Conference to explore Jewish philosophy, Feb. 22-23

The resurgence of constructive Jewish philosophy in America will be the focus of a conference on campus Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 22-23. 

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Alterman to discuss media and politics, Feb. 22

Political commentator Eric Alterman will deliver a talk titled "Conservative Media, Liberal Nation" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Former FDA official discusses women's health, Feb. 21

Susan Wood, formerly the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's top official on women's health issues, will speak on "Women's Health, Emergency Contraception and the FDA" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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'God and War' is topic for talks, Feb. 21-23

Three talks on the topic of "God and War" will be presented as part of the Stafford Little Lectures Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 21-23. 

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Former head of 9/11 victim fund to speak, Feb. 20

Kenneth Feinberg will discuss his experience as head of the U.S. government's September 11 Victim Compensation Fund in a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Figurative painter to lead events, Feb. 20-23

Figurative painter Zhi Lin will participate in several events on campus the week of Feb. 20 as a fellow in the Council of the Humanities and the Tang Center for East Asian Art. 

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University offers backup care program -- for children through elderly

Princeton University is launching a new program that will provide faculty, staff and graduate students with a backup when they experience temporary disruptions in their child, adult and elder caregiving arrangements that would otherwise prevent them from fulfilling their work or study obligations. 

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Glee Club, Chamber Choir to perform, Feb. 25

The Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir will perform Franz Joseph Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Francis Poulenc's "Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.  

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Lam elected to engineering academy

Sau-Hai (Harvey) Lam, the Edwin Wilsey '04 Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which is among the highest honors of the engineering profession. 

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Annan, global university leaders examine higher education's benefits to society

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and an international group of university leaders and scholars convened at Princeton for a Feb. 14-15 colloquium examining the benefits that higher education institutions bring to society.

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Online journal offers 'report on knowledge'

The second issue of an online journal that aims to “reassert the value of critical insight and the role of public knowledge” has been published by a group of faculty members and graduate students at Princeton. Volume 1, Number 2 of the Princeton Report on Knowledge (prok.princeton.edu) features pieces ranging from an interview with President Shirley M. Tilghman on new initiatives in teaching at Princeton to a forum with two emeritus professors on the ends and means of pedagogy.

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Two seniors win ReachOut 56 Fellowships for public service

Princeton seniors Krista Brune and Derrick Raphael have been awarded 2006 ReachOut 56 Fellowships, which provide the winners with a $25,000 grant to undertake a yearlong public service project after graduation.

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Princeton athletes coach younger generation at sports fair

Many of Princeton's female student-athletes took time on Saturday, Feb. 11, to play the role of coaches for local youngsters on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The University's event was one of many held nationally to celebrate the importance of athletics for girls and women of all ages.

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Dance festival to feature legendary French ballet, Feb. 24-26

A legendary French ballet by Vaslav Nijinsky -- the choreography of which was lost for decades -- will be performed by Princeton students Friday through Sunday, Feb. 24-26, at the Berlind Theatre. "L'Après-midi d'un Faune" or "The Afternoon of a Fau...

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Students exceed fund-raising goals for hurricane relief

Princeton undergraduates have raised more than $24,000 for relief and recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region following last fall’s Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The students exceeded their goal of collecting $23,715 ($5 from every Princeton undergraduate).

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Shapiro: Universities must retain dual role as society's servant and critic

Five years since he stepped down from the University’s presidency, Harold T. Shapiro remains committed to examining the responsibilities that Princeton and other institutions have in supporting and improving American society. He recently discussed the issues addressed in his new book, “A Larger Sense of Purpose: Higher Education and Society.”

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Princetonians to showcase talents, Feb. 24

Princeton faculty, staff, undergraduates, graduate students and alumni will showcase their wide-ranging talents in "This Is Princeton," a benefit performance for local youth arts programs, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. 

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'Problem of Unattached Persons' is topic, Feb. 22

Margot Canaday, who joined the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton this year, will speak on "The Problem of Unattached Persons During the Early New Deal, 1933-1935" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 210 Dickinson Hall. The lecture will be followed by discussion and a reception. 

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Panel looks at identity issues, Feb. 22

A panel discussion on “Injustice, Intolerance and Intersectional Identity” is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 101 McCormick. 

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East Asian dance showcased, Feb. 18

Princeton's Triple Eight Dance Company will host an intercollegiate dance show titled “Elements of the East” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Frist Film and Performance Theatre.  

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Foreign policy expert to assess U.S. strategies, Feb. 15

Michael Ledeen, an expert on U.S. foreign policy, will give a critical assessment of U.S. strategies in the war on terror at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in McCosh 28.   

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The Rev. Otis Moss Jr. to speak, Feb. 12

The Rev. Otis Moss Jr., who has been named by Ebony magazine as one of America's 15 most influential preachers, will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Princeton University Chapel.

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New Fed Chair Bernanke to speak at conference, Feb. 24

Newly appointed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver a public address at Princeton University at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Alexander Hall’s Richardson Auditorium. Bernanke’s speech, which is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University’s Center for Economic Policy Studies, will be his first public address outside the capital since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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New interactive campus map available

A new interactive campus map is available online for University community members and visitors.

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Three receive NSF CAREER awards

The National Science Foundation has granted CAREER awards, its most prestigious grants for scientists early in their careers, to three Princeton faculty members, Craig Arnold, Benjamin Sudakov and Olga Troyanskaya. 

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Nobel laureate Stiglitz keynotes conference, Feb. 14

Joseph Stiglitz, a winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics, will present the keynote address during a gathering of university presidents from around the world on Princeton's campus Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14-15. Stiglitz, a University Professor at Columbia University, will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Fields memoir chronicles career of pioneering administrator

In his recently published memoir, Carl Fields describes the difficulty of trying to decide whether or not to accept a job at Princeton. It was 1964 and Fields, an African American, had to weigh carefully the prospect of working at a university that had just 12 black undergraduates and four black graduate students. While it was no easy decision to come to Princeton, once here, Fields quickly made an impact and became the first high-level black administrator at an Ivy League school. Reflecting his many contributions to the University, the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding was named in his honor.

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Betterton announces plans to retire, Moscato to become financial aid director

Don Betterton, Princeton's longtime director of undergraduate financial aid, will retire on June 30 and will be succeeded by Robin Moscato, a 23-year member of his staff. 

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University joins recycling competition

Princeton is one of 93 universities in the country participating in a 10-week competition that ends April 8 to see who can recycle more and reduce waste. 

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Alumni to discuss majors, career choices, Feb. 13

More than 30 alumni representing 17 concentrations will speak about their undergraduate studies and career choices at “Making Major Connections: A Special Reception for Students and Alumni” at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in Prospect House.  

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Kurtzer addresses Middle East challenges, Feb. 16

Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and a visiting professor at Princeton, will discuss "Terrorists, Tycoons, Tyrants and Theocrats: American Policy Challenges in the Middle East" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. 

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Presidential power is topic, Feb. 16

"The Emancipation Proclamation and the Commander-in-Chief Power: Lessons from the Lincoln Administration for the War on Terror" will be the topic of a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in 104 Computer Science Building.   

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Toby to deliver Jansen Lectures, Feb. 15-16

Ronald Toby, professor of history and East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Illinois, will deliver the first Marius Jansen Memorial Lectures Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15-16, in 202 Jones Hall. 

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Doha Declaration is subject of talk, Feb. 13

A lecture titled "The Doha Declaration: The World Affirms the Natural Family and Marriage" is set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in 104 Computer Science Building. 

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Malkiel, masters to discuss residential colleges, Feb. 10

Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel and two college masters will lead a discussion on the new four-year residential college system from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Chancellor Green Rotunda. 

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Pilgrimage takes anthropologist on journey of self-discovery

As the departure date neared, Abdellah Hammoudi became increasingly aware that his study of the hajj — the pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca — was also going to confront him with many questions about himself.

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Princeton responds to Feb. 7 WSJ article

Princeton University's reponse to Feb. 7 Wall Street Journal article about the lawsuit filed by members of the Robertson family against the University and four University-designated trustees of the Robertson Foundation. The article relies heavily on materials submitted by members of the family in one of a series of pre-trial motions recently filed with the court.

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Seniors perform 'Waiting for Godot,' Feb. 9-18

Four seniors who have starred in numerous shows at Princeton will perform a thesis production of Samuel Beckett's classic play, "Waiting for Godot," at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 9-12, and Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18, at the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.

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Peralta receives Sachs scholarship for study at Oxford

Princeton senior Dan-el Padilla Peralta has been named the recipient of the 2006 Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship. 

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Redesigned ODUS site launched

Undergraduate students and other members of the campus community can find a wealth of useful and important information on the completely redesigned Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students Web site that was launched Feb. 6.

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Princeton sets applications record for class of 2010

For the second year in a row, Princeton University has received a record number of applications for admission, totaling 17,478 for the class of 2010.

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Space traveler to discuss recent trip, Feb. 14

Gregory Olsen, who in October 2005 became the third self-financed space traveler to visit the International Space Station, will speak about his experiences at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Peyton Hall Auditorium.

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Tracing Princeton's religious tradition

A new book by 1934 Princeton alumnus William Selden chronicles the religious heritage of the University. "Chapels of Princeton University: Their Historical and Religious Significance" recently was published by the Office of Communications. The 95-page paperback is the most recent in Selden's series of short histories of Princeton-area buildings and institutions.

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Woodson to speak on 'beyond victimization,' Feb. 9

Social commentator Robert Woodson Sr. will deliver an address on "The Underground Railroad of Self-Determination: Beyond Victimization" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in 104 Computer Science. 

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Talk centers on education in Kenya, Feb. 9

George Godia, Kenya's education secretary, and Elias Noor, project education officer for UNICEF in Kenya, will discuss efforts to improve the country's education system in a talk scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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East Asia is focus of panel discussion, Feb. 9

A panel discussion on "Strategic Thinking in East Asia: Overview of 2005" is planned for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in 219 Burr Hall. 

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Sociologist to lecture on sampling technique, Feb. 9

"Respondent Driven Sampling -- A Method for Drawing a Representative Sample of Rare and Hard-To-Reach Populations" is the topic of a talk set for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in 300 Wallace Hall. 

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Former religious freedom ambassador to speak, Feb. 8

Robert Seiple, who was the U.S. State Department's first ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, will speak on "The New Alliance: The Moral Imperative Meets Realpolitik" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Two to read from work, Feb. 8

Fiction writer Gary Shteyngart and poet Quincy Troupe will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. 

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Forum focuses on intellectuals and the institution, Feb. 7

A public forum titled "Intellectuals and the Institution: What's In the Service of the Nation?" is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in McCosh 10.  

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Development economist to speak, Feb. 7

Development economist Katharine McKee will deliver a talk titled "Business and Finance at the 'Bottom of the Pyramid': New Approaches in Pro-Poor Development" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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