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Archive – March, 2006

Designers chosen to give dining halls distinctive look

A distinguished group of three design firms have been selected to help transform Princeton University's dining halls into non-institutional, welcoming and distinctive eating spaces. 

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Ballet Folklorico to perform, April 7-8

Ballet Folklorico de Princeton, the University’s traditional Mexican dance group, and Harvard University’s Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan will present a show titled “Cuatro Caminos” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Frist Campus Center Film and Performance Theater. 

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Festival features fitness opportunities, April 7

FitFest 2006 will bring together a wide variety of fitness and wellness activities in one place from noon to 4 p.m. 

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'Identity and Stereotype Threat' is topic, April 6

"Identity and Stereotype Threat: Powerful Influences for Student Development, Achievement and Performance" is the title of a talk set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in McCosh 50.

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Talk examines Israeli-Palestinian peace process, April 6

Gadi Baltiansky, a former Israeli government official who leads an effort to promote peace in the Middle East, will discuss the ramifications of Israel's recent elections in a lecture set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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World Wide Web inventor to speak, April 5

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in McCosh 50. 

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Decline in U.S. cultural diplomacy is topic, April 5

"The Reversible Decline of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy" is the subject of a lecture by Richard Arndt, president of Americans for UNESCO, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Painter to give lecture, lead workshops, April 4-6

Conceptual realist painter Peter Dreher will give an illustrated talk on his work at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Room 219 of 185 Nassau St. He also will conduct workshops from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 5-6, in Room 220.

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Princeton Laptop Orchestra premieres, April 4

The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.  

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Panel to center on gang activity, April 4

A panel discussion on the challenges presented by gang activity in area cities and suburbs is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in 15 Robertson Hall. 

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Lecture focuses on faith-based organizations, April 4

"Faith-Based Organizations and the Public Good" is the title of a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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LAPA fellow to speak on regulation and law, April 4

Elizabeth Magill, the John V. Ray Research Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, will speak at noon Tuesday, April 4, at 210 Dickinson Hall. 

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Former CARE president Bell to speak, April 3

Peter Bell, former president of CARE USA, will present a lecture titled "CARE's Partnership With the U.S. Government: Principles, Pragmatism and Politics" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. 

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Robertson Q&A available online

A new document intended to provide members of the University community with information on a pending lawsuit is now available online.

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Scotland's first minister to speak, April 6

Jack McConnell, first minister of Scotland, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in 101 McCormick Hall as part of a celebration of Tartan Day. 

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Human rights film festival set for March 29-April 7

The 2006 Princeton Human Rights Film Festival, which will feature four movies focused on different regions of the world, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, through Friday, April 7, in McCosh 10.

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Study: Methane emission controls can save thousands of lives

Reducing methane emissions from industrial operations and other human activities can help save thousands of lives over the next three decades by diminishing global air pollution, according to a study by Princeton researchers.

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Griffin named registrar at Princeton

Polly Winfrey Griffin, registrar at Dartmouth College since 1999, has been named registrar at Princeton University, effective Aug. 1, 2006. 

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Symposium focuses on emergency management, April 7

Community leaders and elected officials will discuss "Managing Emergency Management" at Princeton University's 2006 Symposium on New Jersey Issues from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. 

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DNA could modify itself with no outside help, say biologists

Spirals of DNA, once thought to be merely the passive memory banks that preserve life’s blueprints, may also actively modify themselves under certain conditions, according to Princeton University scientists.

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Study exposes ‘movers and shakers’ behind the evangelical movement

Is there a “hidden hand” behind the rise to power of the evangelical movement in America over the last three decades? A Princeton graduate student has gained international attention by answering this question in the largest and most comprehensive study on the significance of faith in the lives of America’s societal leaders.

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South Asian cultural show scheduled, March 30

The South Asian Students Association will present SANGAM, its annual cultural show, at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.  

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Charity basketball tournament set for April 8

The third annual Princeton 3 vs. 3 Charity Street Basketball Tournament is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in Dillon Gym.

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So Percussion to perform, April 8

So Percussion will perform the works of Princeton faculty members and graduate students in a Composers' Ensemble concert scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

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Free CPR training offered, April 4-5

Free CPR training is available for members of the campus community from 3 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4-5, in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Room A.

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Chin Yun Chorus to perform, April 15

The Chin Yun Chorus, a group made up of predominantly Chinese-American residents from the local community, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Raks Odalisque performs, March 30-April 1

Princeton University's Middle Eastern dance troupe Raks Odalisque will perform its annual spring semester show, "Unveiled," at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 30-April 1, in the Frist Campus Center theater. A matinee performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 1.

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Roundtable planned on Iran's nuclear crisis, March 30

A roundtable discussion on the Iranian nuclear crisis is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.  

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Italian history professor to speak, March 27

One of the foremost historians of modern Italy will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Chancellor Green Rotunda.  

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Symposium, exhibition honor Wen Fong, April 1-2

"Bridges to Heaven," an international symposium on East Asian art in honor of Professor Wen Fong's 45 years of teaching at Princeton, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, in McCosh 50. 

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Conference focuses on school vouchers, March 31-April 1

Scholars and policy-makers from Chile, the Netherlands and the United States will examine their countries' school voucher programs during a conference set for Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, in 219 Burr Hall. Conference events will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 31 and 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. April 1. 

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Role of religion in politics is conference topic, March 31-April 1

American and European scholars will gather for a conference titled "The Political God of Our Times: Civic Religion and Democratic Polities in Europe and the United States," which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, in 104 Computer Science Building.  

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Nobel laureate to pose solutions to energy problem, March 30

Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate and the director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will speak on "The Energy Problem: Our Current Choices and Future Hopes" at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in A-02 McDonnell Hall. 

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Canada's central bank chief to speak, March 30

David Dodge, the head of Canada's central bank, will present a lecture on "The Evolving International Monetary Order and the Need for an Evolving IMF" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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French ambassador to speak, March 30

Jean-David Levitte, France's ambassador to the United States, will give a talk titled "France, Europe and the United States: A Post-Iraq War Perspective" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in 1 Robertson Hall. 

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Series explores IT policy, March 30-April 20

The future of the Internet and the ethics of information privacy will be among the subjects of a lecture series this spring sponsored by the newly created Center for Information Technology Policy.  

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Anthropologist observes native academics in their natural habitat

When Rena Lederman settles into her chair at a faculty meeting or an academic conference, she is not just performing her duties as a member of Princeton’s anthropology department. She is doing fieldwork. The subjects of Lederman’s current research are not the type that come to mind when one thinks of anthropology. They are not members of a tribe in Papua New Guinea or Madagascar. They are the academics among whom she works every day.

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Fun side of science draws local students to Princeton

More than 900 students from 10 junior high schools converged on Princeton’s campus on March 21 for the 2006 Science and Engineering Exposition (SEE), which brought the group into Dillon Gym, Frick Lab, Icahn Lab and McDonnell Hall. Each location offered the students a staged demonstration of the fun and dramatic sides of modern science, followed by hands-on experiences with the tools that made the demonstrations work.

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Vehicle gate to close three hours earlier

Beginning Monday, March 27, Princeton University's Nassau Street vehicular access gate will close three hours earlier to traffic during the week, remaining open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Denis Twitchett, historian of China, dies at age 80

Denis Twitchett, a distinguished scholar of Chinese history, died Feb. 24 in Cambridge, England. He was 80. 

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Joint admission-alumni effort targets socioeconomic diversity

As part of its goal to expand the recruitment of students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, the Admission Office has partnered with the Alumni Schools Committees (ASC) of Washington, D.C., and Boston in a pilot project targeting public high schools in those cities.

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Whitman, Lyman to discuss U.S.-Africa policies, March 31

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and Nigeria Princeton Lyman will discuss ways to improve America's policies toward Africa in an event set for 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, in McCosh 10.

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Kiplinger looks at U.S. economy, March 29

Financial journalist Knight Kiplinger will discuss "What's Ahead for the U.S. Economy?" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber. 

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Author Packer to focus on Iraq war, March 28

Journalist George Packer will discuss his latest book, "Assassin's Gate," which examines the U.S. war in Iraq, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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U.N. development chief to speak, March 27

Kemal Dervis, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, will speak on "Markets, Networks and Governments: Issues in the Debate on Global Governance" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Seldom seen art of Russia exhibited at museum

Artists of the Mir Iskusstva ("World of Art") movement, which thrived in Russia around the turn of the 20th century, are represented in the exhibition "Mir Iskusstva: Russia's Age of Elegance," on view at the University Art Museum through June 11.

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Appiah to give first Baldwin Lecture, March 29

Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, will deliver the inaugural address in the Program in African American Studies' James Baldwin Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 29. 

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Former Malaysian AIDS Council president to speak, March 28

Marina Mahathir, an author, journalist and until recently president of the Malaysian AIDS Council, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in McCosh 50. Her lecture is titled "Fatal Confluences: Islam, Gender and HIV/AIDS in Malaysia."  

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Badiou, West to discuss equality, March 28

Alain Badiou, a renowned French philosopher, novelist and playwright, and Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton, will discuss "Is It Possible to Enjoy Personal Liberty Without Collective Equality?" on Tuesday, March 28. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 50.

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Seniors to present thesis concert, March 31-April 1

Four undergraduates who are completing certificates in dance will present a senior thesis concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, in the Berlind Theatre. 

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Winter athletes enjoy record-breaking success

Princeton's varsity sports teams enjoyed a season of success this winter, highlighted by record-breaking performances by the women's hockey and basketball teams and by Yasser El Halaby, the most dominant player in collegiate men's squash history.

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New satellite data illuminates universe's earliest moments

Scientists peering back to the oldest light in the universe have new evidence for what happened within its first trillionth of a second, when the universe grew from submicroscopic to astronomical size in far less than a wink of the eye.

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Wilentz earns Bancroft Prize for 2005 book

Sean Wilentz, the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, has been selected to receive a Bancroft Prize for his 2005 book, "The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln."  

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Princeton researchers develop faster, inexpensive way to sequence genes

While the ability to sequence genomes has revolutionized the way biologists conduct research, the work can be time-consuming and expensive. Princeton researchers have developed a new straightforward, cost-effective method that is providing key data in days rather than months. 

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Princeton University files legal briefs in Robertson case

In briefs filed today in New Jersey Superior Court, Princeton University demonstrated that, over the past 45 years, the University and its designated trustees of the Robertson Foundation have effectively carried out the Foundation’s mission; met their fiduciary obligations in overseeing the Foundation’s assets and expenditures; and contributed to a substantial strengthening of the graduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In addition, the briefs underscore that, especially in recent years, the University-designated trustees have significantly enhanced the governance practices of the Foundation despite continuing efforts by the Robertson family trustees “to block every initiative” for reform.  

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Excerpts from Princeton’s March 13 filings

In 1965, the Robertson Foundation Board reviewed and approved the Bowen Formula with the understanding that calculating the actual cost of the School's expanded graduate program on a dollar-for-dollar basis, year in and year out, would be impossible. Instead, the Bowen Formula operates through a series of charges and offsetting credits that, taken together, are designed to achieve a "fair approximation" of the cost of the expanded graduate program. In their motion for summary judgment, plaintiffs take a piecemeal approach to the Bowen Formula that flagrantly ignores its many offsetting credits and otherwise distorts the record surrounding the defendants' allegedly "admitted overcharges." Defendants have not "admitted" that Princeton "overcharged" the Foundation by $18,647,923, or by any other amount.

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Course offers aspiring professors firsthand insights from ‘master’ teachers

Speaking to an audience of aspiring professors, Daniel Kahneman recalled his own experience as a young faculty member at Hebrew University in the 1960s to illustrate the changing nature of teaching. Early in his career, Kahneman required that students cling to every word of his lectures. Some courses included no textbooks, leaving students to depend solely on their class notes. “I was expecting them to know everything, and every word was on the exam,” he said. “That’s the way it was — absolutely not the way it is now.”

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Labouisse Prize winners to work in Brazil, India

Princeton University seniors Soraya Umewaka and James R. Williams each have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize, which will allow them to undertake postgraduate projects in Brazil and India, respectively. 

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1,200 expected for comparative literature conference, March 23-26

Some 1,200 scholars from across the nation and abroad will gather on campus Thursday through Sunday, March 23-26, for the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. 

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George Shultz to speak, March 15

Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz will give a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in McCosh 50. 

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Polish journalist to discuss 'Dictatorship's Past,' March 14

Polish journalist and activist Adam Michnik will deliver a lecture titled "A Dictatorship's Past: The Cleansing of Collective Memory" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in 219 Burr Hall.  

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Former Wellstone aide to speak, March 14

Bill Lofy, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, will discuss Wellstone's life and legacy at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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'Overnutrition crisis' is lecture topic, March 13

"Diet in Decline: Can America's Overnutrition Crisis be Reversed?" is the subject of a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, in 16 Robertson Hall.  

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Former French prime minister to speak, March 13

Alain Juppé, former prime minister of France, will speak on "The Future of Transatlantic Relations" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. 

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Library help available through instant messaging

The Princeton University Library is offering a new way to ask reference questions -- through instant messaging.  

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Six faculty members win Sloan fellowships

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has selected six Princeton faculty members to receive Sloan Research Fellowships, highly competitive, unrestricted grants for outstanding scholars and scientists early in their careers.

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Orchestra presents Wagner work, March 9 and 11

The Princeton University Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Pratt, will present a concert performance of Act 1 of Richard Wagner's "Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)" at 8 p.m. Thursday March 9, and Saturday, March 11, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.   

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Conference compares Roman Empire, United States, March 10

A conference titled "Imperial Republics? Ancient Rome and the USA" will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 10, in 101 McCormick Hall. 

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'Heart!!!' at Berlind, March 10-11 and 15-17

A senior thesis production titled "Heart!!!" will be performed at the Berlind Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, and Wednesday through Friday, March 15-17.

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Black Arts Company: Dance to perform, March 9-11

Black Arts Company: Dance will present its spring show, "Reality," at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 9-11, in the Hamilton-Murray Theater. 

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Five seniors win Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Five Princeton seniors have been awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships, which give outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom an opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge.

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Students manage Middle East crises at high-tech Model United Nations

Each time the door to room 309 opened, the late-afternoon quiet of the Frist Campus Center was shattered by the din of 30 Princeton students engulfed by crises in the Middle East.The Princeton Interactive Crisis Simulation (PICSim), a high-tech, stu

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Suppe receives Humboldt award for research

John Suppe, the Blair Professor of Geology at Princeton, has been selected to receive a Humboldt Research Award. 

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West and Glaude launch national curriculum on black history, American democracy

Princeton professors Cornel West and Eddie Glaude have teamed up with talk-show host Tavis Smiley to launch a national movement to take critical lessons of black history and American democracy out of the classroom and into people's homes, churches, book clubs and civic groups. The Princeton professors have written an unconventional public course available online called the "Covenant Curriculum: A Study of Black Democratic Action. The goal of place the contributions of black Americans into historical context and to prepare individuals and households to take action in response to the issues of health care, crime and educational disparities across the country.

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Panel set on economics and poverty, March 6

A panel discussion on "The Economics of Loving Your Neighbor" is set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, in 1 Robertson Hall.

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Center values exchange of ideas on ethical issues

The quiet confines of Marx Hall disguise an industrious hive of intellectual activity on Princeton’s campus. The University Center for Human Values, which makes its home here, attracts scholars and sponsors offerings that inform the academic curriculum, generate novel research and ignite public debate.

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Dance faculty to show new choreography, March 11

Princeton dance faculty members Rebecca Lazier and Meghan Durham will present new dance choreography at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.  

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Conference focuses on magic and cinema, March 11

A conference titled "Magic and the American Avant-Garde Cinema" will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. 

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Conference examines world trade, March 9-11

Scholars and international trade experts will gather at Princeton for a conference titled "Observing Trade: Revealing International Trade Networks and Their Impacts," scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, March 9-11, in Burr and Robertson halls. 

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Nonprofit careers is topic, March 9

Barbara Lawrence, executive director of the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, will deliver a talk titled "Finding Leverage: Creating Change From the Nonprofit Sector" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Schlosser to discuss Upton Sinclair, March 8

Eric Schlosser, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, will speak on "Upton Sinclair and the Centennial of 'The Jungle'" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in 1 Robertson Hall. 

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Former U.S. adviser speaks on Iraq war, March 8

Dan Senor, a former adviser to the Bush administration in Iraq, will present a talk on "The Iraq War and Its Consequences in the Middle East" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. 

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Alumnus to discuss de Kooning biography, March 8

Writer Mark Stevens will speak on "The Vulgar Art of Biography" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. 

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'Caring Work' is focus of lecture, March 7

Two scholars who focus on the relationships between society and economics will discuss compensation problems and other issues facing personal caregivers in a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in 16 Robertson Hall. 

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Marsden to discuss fundamentalism and politics, March 6

"How 'Otherworldly' American Fundamentalists Became Political" is the title of a talk set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, in McCosh 50. 

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Muldoon to lead new creative and performing arts center

Paul Muldoon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a Princeton faculty member since 1990, has been selected as the founding chair of the new University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. 

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Scoles selected for Franklin Medal

Giacinto Scoles, the Donner Professor of Science and professor of chemistry at Princeton, has been named a recipient of the 2006 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics.  

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Health technology for developing areas is topic, March 7

Christopher Elias, president of an international nonprofit agency that seeks technological solutions to improving health in developing regions, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Friend Center Auditorium.

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