Archive – August, 2006
In focus: Princeton Writing Program
Posted August 31, 2006; 01:45 p.m.
Intimate, intensive seminars focused on the art of writing are the hallmark of the Princeton Writing Program, a vital resource for preparing students for the demands of course papers, junior papers and senior theses that are central to a Princeton education.
Information technology usage guidelines posted
Posted August 31, 2006; 11:12 a.m.
The 2006-07 edition of the guidelines governing appropriate use of University information technology resources and Internet access has been posted online. Since these policies appear only on the Web, the site also offers a printer-friendly version in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.
Ceremony marks beginning of the year, Sept. 10
Posted August 30, 2006; 10:14 a.m.
The University will mark the beginning of the academic year with Opening Exercises at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, in the University Chapel.
Leonard L. Milberg '53 gives leading Irish theater collection honoring Paul Muldoon
Posted August 29, 2006; 10:00 a.m.
An aged manuscript of a classic Irish play, long thought lost even by the renowned playwright who wrote it, has made its way to Princeton University as the gem of a momentous collection of Irish theater donated by 1953 alumnus Leonard L. Milberg. The unpublished play "The Cooing of Doves" by Sean O'Casey is one of more than 1,000 plays, photographs, playbills and other works documenting the past 160 years of Irish theater, all given to the University in honor of poet and professor Paul Muldoon. To celebrate the opening of the collection, the University will hold a symposium in October, with appearances by Oscar-nominated actor Stephen Rea, celebrated Irish actors Gabriel Byrne and Fiona Shaw, Tony-award winning director Garry Hynes and others.
In focus: Prospect Garden
Posted August 28, 2006; 09:00 a.m.
All summer long, visitors to Princeton's Prospect House are treated to a view of its lush, colorful garden.
Planet Earth may have 'tilted' to keep its balance, say scientists
Posted August 25, 2006; 01:00 a.m.
Imagine a shift in the Earth so profound that it could force our entire planet to spin on its side after a few million years, tilting it so far that Alaska would sit at the equator. Princeton scientists have now provided the first compelling evidence that this kind of major shift may have happened in our world's distant past.
Undersea robots glide into new realm of marine research
Posted August 24, 2006; 09:00 a.m.
This month in Monterey Bay, Calif., a fleet of undersea robots is for the first time working together without the aid of humans to make detailed and efficient observations of the ocean.
Guest op-ed column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Posted August 23, 2006; 04:00 p.m.
This guest column was published in the Aug. 23, 2006, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
William Robertson recently published a column (Aug. 13) in which he purported to offer an “ethics lesson” in charitable giving to college freshmen. His basic text was a code of ethics that was created by, among others, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), on whose board I serve. He specifically cited a provision that gives donors the right “to be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.” It is sad and ironic that he should be offering this lesson, since he is seeking, through an expensive lawsuit, to undo much of what his parents did 45 years ago in making a gift to Princeton University.
Snap judgments decide a face's character, psychologist finds
Posted August 22, 2006; 02:03 p.m.
We may be taught not to judge a book by its cover, but when we see a new face, our brains decide whether a person is attractive and trustworthy within a tenth of a second, according to recent Princeton research. Princeton University psychologist Ale...
Okounkov wins prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics work
Posted August 22, 2006; 12:51 p.m.
Princeton's Andrei Okounkov has received one of this year's Fields Medals, widely considered to be the math world's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The awards for outstanding mathematical achievement were presented earlier today (Aug. 22) at the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid.
In focus: Program in Creative Writing
Posted August 21, 2006; 11:49 a.m.
Princeton's renowned Program in Creative Writing offers undergraduate students the unique opportunity to pursue original work in fiction, poetry and translation under the guidance of some of the world's best-known writers.
International economist William Branson dies
Posted August 18, 2006; 10:16 p.m.
Princeton professor William Branson, who was a pioneer in the field of international economics, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, in Princeton from complications from throat cancer. He was 68.
Princeton at top of U.S. News college rankings
Posted August 18, 2006; 12:15 a.m.
The annual college ranking by U.S. News & World Report again has listed Princeton University as the top school for undergraduate students. Princeton ranked No. 1 in "U.S. News 2007 America's Best Colleges" in the category Best National Universities, a position achieved every year since 2000.
Researchers and teachers find common ground in Princeton labs
Posted August 17, 2006; 11:38 a.m.
Three area high school teachers have been working side-by-side with Princeton scientists this summer investigating solutions to the world's energy problems.For eight weeks they have been part of a program called Research Experience for Teachers.
Students earn funding for public service internships
Posted August 16, 2006; 10:52 a.m.
Twelve Princeton students have received $3,500 awards as part of a new program to support summer internships focused on public service.
Baluch named SHARE director
Posted August 15, 2006; 02:20 p.m.
Suraiya Baluch, a psychologist who most recently served as associate director of counseling services at Barnard College, has been appointed director of Princeton's Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office.
Aspiring journalists learn the ropes from Princeton mentors
Posted August 14, 2006; 12:26 p.m.
The four rows of seats in the Blue Room, where New York City mayors hold press conferences at City Hall, were occupied. Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler surveyed the outstretched hands in the audience and pointed to Gloria Medina, one of 20 students attending the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program. The 10-day camp offers high school students from underresourced financial backgrounds an opportunity to gain intensive, hands-on experience in journalism.
Letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal
Posted August 11, 2006; 10:45 a.m.
This letter to the editor was published in the Aug. 11, 2006, Wall Street Journal:
Professor Arthur C. Brooks failed to do his homework before writing his column, “Caveat Benefactor,” that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on July 28.
Volunteer efforts strengthen community ties
Posted August 10, 2006; 01:53 p.m.
The Student Volunteers Council, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the upcoming academic year, works to strengthen the relationship between the University and the community by sending students to work at soup kitchens, teach youngsters how to improve their study skills, help renovate houses and participate in dozens of other service projects.
Important Chinese collection part of East Asian Library
Posted August 7, 2006; 04:00 p.m.
The University's East Asian Library, located in the Frist Campus Center and Jones Hall, was built around the original Gest Oriental Library Collection. It is considered one of the Western world's greatest Chinese collections.
New TigerCard online store offers more reliable service, options
Posted August 7, 2006; 09:19 a.m.
The University's TigerCard Office is introducing a new, more convenient way for users to manage their points accounts to purchase food and library services on campus.
Biology summer program gives undergrads a taste of the scientific life
Posted August 3, 2006; 12:10 p.m.
Choosing a career in laboratory research can be a big step for college students, especially those who have not experienced a scientist's daily life "at the bench." But the 85 undergraduates who are attending this year's Summer Undergraduate Research Program are gaining skills that will enable them to make that choice with confidence.
Plans moving ahead for science neighborhood
Posted August 3, 2006; 10:00 a.m.
Plans are progressing on schedule to transform the part of Princeton's campus that straddles Washington Road south of Ivy Lane into a natural sciences neighborhood, highlighted by a new chemistry building and a pedestrian bridge over Washington Road.
Strauss earns EDUCAUSE leadership award
Posted August 2, 2006; 02:40 p.m.
The late Howard Strauss, former manager of academic outreach in Princeton's Office of Information Technology, has been named the recipient of an EDUCAUSE Leadership Award for Distinguished Performance and Outstanding Service.
Princeton in top 20 for LGBT support
Posted August 1, 2006; 04:02 p.m.
Advocate Magazine, the national newsmagazine for LGBT issues, has named Princeton University one of the top 20 campuses supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in the country.
Five students awarded '75 community service internships
Posted August 1, 2006; 02:47 p.m.
The Princeton University Class of 1975 Community Service Summer Internship Fund is supporting five students who are completing internships at nonprofit organizations this summer.
ID change to combat alcohol abuse
Posted August 1, 2006; 11:00 a.m.
As part of continuing efforts to control underage drinking, Princeton University is implementing a new ID system to help prevent individuals below the legal age from entering Princeton eating clubs.