Archive – July, 2006
PUPP inspires students on the road to college
Posted July 31, 2006; 05:23 p.m.
After touring the Chinese art collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Asia Society in New York, students in the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) were ready to create some Asian-inspired works of their own.
Genetic engineering competition puts students at cusp of new science
Posted July 27, 2006; 04:06 p.m.
Clusters of students gathered in Princeton's Lewis Thomas Lab on a recent Friday for a trouble-shooting session before heading to their benches for another attempt at something few labs in the world can do: transforming mouse stem cells into muscle cells.
Scientists build 'magnetic semiconductors' one atom at a time
Posted July 27, 2006; 01:00 p.m.
In a stride that could hasten the development of computer chips that both calculate and store data, a team of Princeton scientists has turned semiconductors into magnets by the precise placement of metal atoms within a material from which chips are ...
Alumnus donates valuable voting data to Princeton
Posted July 27, 2006; 11:00 a.m.
Bruce C. Willsie, a Princeton alumnus and president of a company that compiles voter information, has given the University a valuable data set pertaining to some 75 million voters in 11 states, about half of the registered voters in the country. The...
Sortino wins Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship
Posted July 26, 2006; 06:06 p.m.
Kelly Sortino, a 2003 Princeton graduate, has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship. The scholarships provide each winner with up to $300,000 for the length of their graduate or professional degree programs.
Dixit named to British Academy
Posted July 26, 2006; 03:26 p.m.
Avinash Dixit, the John J.F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics, has been named a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.
Fragile Families study earns $17 million federal award
Posted July 26, 2006; 02:55 p.m.
Researchers at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have been awarded $17 million from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to support a new round of data collection for the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.
Wolf earns IEEE education award
Posted July 25, 2006; 05:55 p.m.
The Circuits and Systems Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers has awarded its 2006 Education Award to Wayne Wolf, Princeton professor of electrical engineering.
Lessons in nature take wing with Cotsen butterfly program
Posted July 24, 2006; 03:16 p.m.
Five-year-old Manuel watched intently as Pam Newitt picked up a cabbage white butterfly and placed it on the tip of his mother's nose. "If you have a sweaty nose and you put a butterfly on it, he'll sit there and drink," Newitt explained. Manuel was mesmerized.
International Center hosts dialogue series through Aug. 31
Posted July 24, 2006; 02:15 p.m.
The International Center is hosting a series of lunch discussions at noon on Thursdays through Aug. 31 in 243 Frist Campus Center.
Institute fosters excitement about science for teachers
Posted July 20, 2006; 01:15 p.m.
The recent heat wave in Princeton provided a perfect backdrop for the Summer Institute in Environmental Science, a program dedicated to helping New Jersey teachers broaden their knowledge about the environment and other science topics.
Students win Fulbrights to study abroad
Posted July 19, 2006; 03:03 p.m.
Nine members of Princeton's graduating class of 2006 and four graduate students have been awarded Fulbright grants to study abroad for the 2006-07 academic year.
Tilghman featured in Wall Street Journal interview
Posted July 19, 2006; 12:29 p.m.
Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman was featured July 17 in The Wall Street Journal in an interview addressing the expansion of the undergraduate student body and recently adopted family-friendly initiatives, among many issues facing the University.
Institute fosters partnerships to help region
Posted July 18, 2006; 11:39 a.m.
The many challenges facing the tri-state region — meeting the growing demands for mass transit, providing schools that offer what students need in a demanding global economy, balancing the pressure for growth with a concern for the environment — can seem daunting. Policy-makers, legislators and community leaders increasingly have been turning for help to an institute in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
OIT working on service outage
Posted July 18, 2006; 10:26 a.m.
The Office of Information Technology is working to resolve a computing infrastructure outage that has affected e-mail delivery and several other services.
Alumnus creates fund for American Jewish studies at Princeton
Posted July 17, 2006; 05:06 p.m.
Sidney Lapidus, a member of Princeton's class of 1959, and his wife, Ruth, have established a fund at the University to expand and enhance studies pertaining to the history of Jewish life in America.
Class of 1969 internships put Princeton students into service
Posted July 17, 2006; 04:57 p.m.
Senior Meghan Farrell is among dozens of Princeton students dedicating her time this summer to projects that provide valuable community service while helping to prepare them for the future. Farrell is teaching language arts to inner-city students at the Gesu School in Philadelphia. She spent the earlier part of her summer at another inner-city school in Philadelphia, the Young Scholars Charter School, tutoring and working on a project to help middle school students understand their options for applying to private high schools. Both jobs came to Farrell through a newly expanded summer program administered by the Class of 1969 Community Service Fund.
Ward unravels bacteria’s role in global nitrogen cycle
Posted July 13, 2006; 04:12 p.m.
Bess Ward is a biogeochemist, which is a big-picture way of saying that she does a little bit of everything — biology, geology and chemistry, especially as they relate to the world’s oceans. She studies the nitrogen cycle: the biological and chemical shuffle of nitrogen from soils to oceans to atmosphere and back again. Key to this movement is a host of microorganisms, particularly bacteria or “bugs,” as Ward calls them. In an attempt to better understand which bugs do what where, Ward has collected them from waters all over the world, from Chesapeake Bay to the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Alaska to Antarctica.
Outage to affect some computing services, July 11
Posted July 11, 2006; 04:06 p.m.
Some central computing services on campus will be unavailable between 7 p.m. and midnight, Tuesday, July 11, during an outage for maintenance being performed at the main data center by the Office of Information Technology.
Annual Giving campaign raises record $40.4 million
Posted July 11, 2006; 01:00 a.m.
The 2005-06 Annual Giving campaign raised $40,408,142-- the highest total in Princeton's history -- with 58.2 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. This achievement -- $3.4 million more than the previous best last year -- represents strong performances across Princeton's broad range of constituencies, including major Reunion classes, non-major Reunion classes, graduate alumni and parents.
Suburbia a rich source of scholarship for Princeton historian
Posted July 10, 2006; 03:53 p.m.
Growing up in the South, Princeton historian Kevin Kruse was fascinated by the civil rights movement. His interest in the topic led him to his groundbreaking book, “White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism,” published last year by Princeton University Press. It describes how segregationists moved to the suburbs and cast aside their racist demagoguery in favor of a new kind of separatist philosophy that, Kruse argues, led to the ascendancy of the Republican Party and a transformation of American politics.
University investigates hazardous materials report - UPDATED
Posted July 10, 2006; 02:45 p.m.
A hazardous materials team was called to the Princeton University campus today to investigate a suspicious substance, but an investigation revealed that the substance posed no threat.
Tiny transmitters allow researchers to follow flies
Posted July 6, 2006; 03:37 p.m.
On the New Jersey shore, many signs of the changing seasons do not differ greatly from those found elsewhere in the country. V-shaped flocks of geese and twittering masses of songbirds course over the dunes as the migrants head for milder latitudes. But as Princeton’s Martin Wikelski and his research team found out last fall, some other, less-expected travelers are adding their own buzzing chorus to the migration song.
Composer reveals musical chords' hidden geometry
Posted July 6, 2006; 02:00 p.m.
Composers often speak of fitting chords and melodies together, as though sounds were physical objects with geometric shape -- and now a Princeton University musician has shown that advanced geometry actually does offer a tool for understanding music...
Firefly Festival set for July 14
Posted July 5, 2006; 05:18 p.m.
The Cotsen Children's Library will present the Firefly Festival, featuring live music and nature activities, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 14, in McCosh Courtyard, next to the University Chapel.
Further details provided on Wilson School fellowship funding
Posted July 4, 2006; 12:00 p.m.
Princeton University has provided New Jersey Superior Court Judge Neil H. Shuster with further details concerning funding for fellowships in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and specifically for a three-year trial program known as the Graduate Funding Agreement (GFA). The information was submitted in connection with the lawsuit regarding the Robertson Foundation, which was established in 1961 to support the graduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School.
New landscape marks 250th anniversary of Maclean House
Posted July 3, 2006; 05:28 p.m.
Just in time for the 250th anniversary of its construction, Maclean House has been the focus of some sprucing up. Crews have renovated the landscape and gardens around the house over the past few months, removing some of the overgrown plants that have been there for 50 years and creating new vistas and spaces.
Tilghman honored by three universities
Posted July 3, 2006; 03:47 p.m.
Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman was awarded a Presidential Medal of Honor by Dillard University at the New Orleans institution's commencement July 1, in recognition of Princeton's efforts to aid Dillard's rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Tilghman also recently received honorary degrees from Rutgers and Rockefeller universities.
Cook and Gowin receive Behrman Award
Posted July 3, 2006; 12:50 p.m.
Michael Cook, the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, and Emmet Gowin, professor of the Council of the Humanities and visual arts, have received Princeton's Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the humanities.
Murphy wins prestigious Pew Scholarship
Posted July 3, 2006; 11:03 a.m.
Coleen Murphy has been named a 2006 Pew Scholar, one of only 15 scientists in the nation to earn the yearly award. Murphy, an assistant professor of molecular biology since 2005, will receive $240,000 in research funding over the next four years.The...