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Archive – April, 2007

Women's football clinic benefits cancer research, May 6

The University's sixth annual women's football clinic, which benefits breast cancer research, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Princeton Stadium.

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Striking a chord for Communiversity

The Princeton University Band struck a chord for town and University collaboration as it opened the annual Communiversity celebration with a concert at the intersection of Nassau and Witherspoon streets on Saturday, April 28. Communiversity annually brings the town and University together for a day of performances, food, games and more. It attracted a large crowd to the downtown and campus areas, which were turned into a colorful fairground with events for students and families alike.

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Leading change: Conference looks at diversity in science and engineering

Change is inevitable and must be guided carefully to improve individual lives and society, Kneeland Youngblood said April 27 at a Princeton conference on leadership and diversity in engineering, science and mathematics.

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University identifies local business for Nassau St. property

Princeton Running Company will expand its current operations at 108 Nassau St. by leasing space at 110 Nassau St. that was formerly leased by Micawber Books.  

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Global reach: Slaughter leads Wilson School's growing international influence

When the Princeton Project on National Security released its final report this fall, its recommendations for new strategies to secure America's future were unveiled on Capitol Hill and presented over the next few months to policymakers and scholars across the United States as well as in China and Germany. The project — a two-year, bipartisan collaboration of more than 400 academics, government officials, diplomats and other leading thinkers — exemplifies the expanding global reach of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and its dean, Anne-Marie Slaughter.  

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First five 'Scholars in the Nation's Service' announced

Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs has selected the first five “Scholars in the Nation’s Service,” chosen from a pool of talented candidates competing for entry into the new program created to encourage more of the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government. In addition, the School announced several new alumni supporters of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI), which launched at Princeton in 2006.

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Researchers combine efforts to help people of African savannas manage their land

When an interdisciplinary research team from Princeton arrived in the savanna of central Kenya last summer, they found that one region they were planning to study — Koija — had not received any rainfall for 18 months. The team is part of the Water in Africa initiative funded by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), which promotes interdisciplinary programs of global import. The Water in Africa initiative draws upon the expertise of researchers in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Department of Politics. 

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Symposium honors art scholar Wilmerding, May 5

A symposium honoring Princeton's John Wilmerding, one of the country's leading scholars of American art, will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Conference explores diversity, May 4

"Diversity in Black America: Immigration and Identity in Academia and Beyond" is the focus of a conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 4, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Fristfest features Stanley Jordan Trio, May 3-5

Students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to the Frist Campus Center to celebrate spring and the conclusion of the academic year at the annual Fristfest Weekend Thursday through Saturday, May 3-5, which will feature a concert by acclaimed jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan.

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Anti-aging research discussed, May 3

Cynthia Kenyon, a leading researcher on the potential to postpone the aging process, will deliver a lecture titled "Genes From the Fountain of Youth" at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in A02 McDonnell Hall.

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Civic engagement is topic for Putnam talk, May 2

Robert Putnam, an internationally recognized scholar of civic engagement, will focus on trends in involvement, especially among young people, in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Panel examines new book on high court, May 2

A panel discussion on Princeton constitutional scholar Keith Whittington's new book, "Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History," is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in 2 Robertson Hall.

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Conference on leadership, diversity in engineering set, April 27-28

Princeton alumni from engineering and the sciences will gather in the Friend Center on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, for a conference focusing on leadership and diversity in academia and industry. The event, titled "Leading Change in Science and Technology: A Princeton Engineering Conference for Black Alumni," will feature panels on current engineering research and education at Princeton, strategies for increasing diversity, connections between student leadership and leadership in the real world, and the interplay between technology and entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Harvey named general manager for safety and administration

Laurel Harvey, a member of the University staff since 1981, has been named general manager of a newly created Office of Safety and Administration, effective July 1.  

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Shroff selected as chief audit and compliance officer

Nilufer (Nilu) Shroff, a skilled internal auditor with experience in both higher education and health care, has been selected for the new position of chief audit and compliance officer at Princeton University following a national search.  

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Students capitalize on choices in 'room draw' launching new residential options

The University's first room selection process ushering in a system that affords students an expanded range of choices closed Wednesday, April 25, with Princeton officials marking it a success. Student housing decisions and substantial interest in new meal options that will be implemented this fall were affirmative signs that students were availing themselves of new choices that have been under development since the Four-Year Residential College Program Planning Committee.

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Exhibition highlights vintage travel photos

An exhibition mounted by the Department of Art and Archaeology offers a look at vintage photographs from the second half of the 19th century, during the concurrent development of photography and tourism. The exhibition, "Global Views: 19th-century Travel Photographs," runs through Friday, Sept. 28, in the first floor lounge of McCormick Hall.

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Danson dazzles with tales of Shakespeare

Professor of English Larry Danson paced the stage in McCosh 46, a worn copy of "The Taming of the Shrew" in his hand. Danson was knee-deep into his discussion of one of William Shakespeare's earliest comedies — a playful work that humorously examines married life and how to deal with a cantankerous wife — and had arrived at Act 4, Scene 1. He has been imparting the meaning of Shakespeare's plays to Princeton students since the mid-1970s, and has become a legend for the acuity and zeal he brings to that task.

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New campus notification system enhances emergency preparedness

Members of the University community can now quickly receive news and instructions during campus emergencies, thanks to a new notification system recently implemented by Princeton officials. Through the Connect-ED service, campus leaders can send simultaneous alerts to individuals in a matter of minutes through landline phones, cellular phones, text messaging and e-mail.

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Bohdan Paczynski, renowned astrophysicist, dies at age 67

Princeton astrophysicist Bohdan Paczynski, whose insights into the nature of celestial phenomena guided many developments in his field, died April 19 after a three-year battle with brain cancer. He was 67.  

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Program will create community of humanities scholars

The Council of the Humanities has launched a new program that offers faculty the opportunity to spend a year of academic leave at the University to pursue research interests and engage the campus in humanities projects. 

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Event set on 'Understanding Virginia Tech,' April 23

"Understanding Virginia Tech: The Explanations and Meanings of a Tragedy" is the title of a session planned for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in 101 McCormick Hall. 

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Sydney Johnson named men's basketball coach

Sydney Johnson, a 1997 Princeton graduate and former Ivy League Player of the Year who as an assistant coach helped lead Georgetown University to this year's NCAA Final Four, has been named the Princeton men's basketball coach.

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Thinking critically about computing, biology and society

The confluence between social forces and computing is a strong undercurrent in Bernard Chazelle's class, a Richard L. Smith '70 Freshman Seminar titled "What Do Your DNA and Your iPod Have in Common?" The premise of the class is that computing comes in different shapes and sizes and that DNA and iPods are different implementations of exactly the same principle.

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Levin to receive distinguished scientist award

The American Institute of Biological Sciences has selected Princeton's Simon Levin to receive its 2007 Distinguished Scientist Award.  

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Troupe presents 'Measure for Measure,' April 26-28

The Princeton Shakespeare Company will present a re-imagined production of "Measure for Measure" set in the Roaring '20s Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28, in the Frist Campus Center Film and Performance Theater. 

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Communiversity set for April 28

The Communiversity celebration, which annually brings the town and University together for a day of performances, food, games and more, is planned for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

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Orchestra features soloists, April 27-28

The Princeton University Orchestra will feature three co-winners of its 2007 concerto competition, along with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Top architect to discuss creative process, April 26

Thom Mayne, winner of the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession's highest honor, will talk about the creative process in a lecture titled "Work in Progress #131" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in 101 Friend Center.

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Kenan to read from Katrina work, April 25

Author Randall Kenan, whose works focus on sexuality, class, race, religion and the American South, will read from new essays inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Chancellor Green Rotunda.

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Carmella speaks on religion, common good, April 25

Angela Carmella, a Princeton alumna and law professor at Seton Hall University, will deliver a lecture titled "Responsible Freedom Under the Religion Clauses: Exemptions, Legal Pluralism and the Common Good" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in 6 Friend Center.

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Pulitzer winner discusses Al-Qaeda, April 25

Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. He will speak on "Al-Qaeda: Past, Present and Future."

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Gould to give final talk in lecture series, April 25

Elizabeth Gould, professor of psychology, will present the final talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 25.

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Deford to look at hype in sports, April 24

Prolific journalist, author and commentator Frank Deford will present a lecture on "Sports: The Hype and the Hoopla" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Global health funding is lecture topic, April 24

University of Oxford researcher Andrew Farlow will discuss the outlook for initiatives to improve global health in a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Talk explores 'Putin's Russia,' April 24--CANCELED

This lecture has been canceled because Andrei Illarionov will be in Russia to attend Boris Yeltsin's funeral. "Putin's Russia and Beyond: What Is the Model?" is the title of a lecture by Andrei Illarionov, a former chief economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in 219 Burr Hall.

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Official to speak on Afghanistan, April 23

U.S. Department of State official Roland de Marcellus, a Princeton alumnus, will speak on "Lessons Learned From Military Reconstruction Operations in Afghanistan" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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'Why Be Human?' is lecture focus, April 23

"Why Be Human?" is the question that Duquesne University political scientist Charles Rubin will address in a public lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in 6 Friend Center.

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Building community: Partnerships combine engineering and service

In a mutually beneficial partnership, Princeton students are helping a local organization reduce its impact on the environment as they strengthen their problem-solving skills and build a stronger connection to the community. 

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Research Notes - Spring 2007

Welcome to Research Notes, an online publication highlighting recent Princeton University research in the physical and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities. Research summarized here for which full online articles are available is listed

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UPDATED noon: Campus reopened for non-essential staff, April 17

As local travel and weather conditions have improved, the University is now open for non-essential personnel, beginning with those who normally report for work after 1 p.m. Those staff members are expected to report to work as usual today (Tuesday, April 17). Non-essential staff who normally arrive for work prior to 1 p.m. -- those affected by the earlier closing -- are not expected to come in today. They should report for work at their normal times tomorrow (Wednesday, April 18).

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'Troubling' students' beliefs about black music

Waiting for class to begin on a recent Tuesday afternoon, freshman Jess Jardine asked her peers to help settle a debate she's been having with her roommate. "Is Rihanna black music? Does she count?" Jardine asked of the Barbadian singer whose music is popular on MTV and Top 40 radio stations. It's a question one might expect to hear asked over lunch at the Frist Campus Center, but in Mendi Obadike's freshman seminar, "The Idea of Black Music," it's an extension of the scholarly debate in which the class has been engaged all semester.

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Gathering planned to remember Virginia Tech victims, April 17

A gathering in remembrance of those who lost their lives during Monday's tragedy at Virginia Tech is being planned for 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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UPDATED 6 a.m.: Campus closed for non-essential staff who report before 1 p.m., April 17

The University will remain closed Tuesday, April 17, for all non-essential personnel whose work days begin prior to 1 p.m. An update will be posted on the Princeton home page by 1 p.m. for those whose work days start after that time.

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UPDATED 10 p.m.: Campus closed for non-essential staff until 6 a.m., April 17

The University will remain closed for all non-essential personnel until 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, as the state of the New Jersey continues to operate under a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall and flooding. Essential employees are expected to report at their normal hours. The academic schedule is expected to operate as normal.

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UPDATED 3 p.m.: Closing for non-essential staff set until midnight, April 16

The University will remain closed until midnight for all non-essential personnel, as the state of New Jersey has declared a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall and flooding. Essential employees are expected to report at their normal hours. The academic schedule is operating as normal.

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UPDATE: University closed for non-essential personnel, April 16

The University is closed for all non-essential personnel today (Monday, April 16), as the state of New Jersey has declared a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall and flooding. Essential employees are expected to report at their normal hours. The academic schedule is operating as normal.

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Caribbean heritage conference set, April 20-22

The fourth annual "A Taste of Carnival" Caribbean heritage conference featuring lectures by Caribbean diplomats and scholars as well as programs celebrating Caribbean art and music will run Friday through Sunday, April 20-22, on Princeton's campus. 

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Events to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 18-20

Several events intended to mark the observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month are planned for Wednesday through Friday, April 18-20, on Princeton's campus.  

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'Politics of Corruption' is topic, April 20

A panel discussion on "The Politics of Corruption" is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in 219 Burr Hall. 

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Triple 8 presents spring show, April 21

The Triple 8 Dance Company will present its second annual spring show at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Frist Campus Center Film and Performance Theater. 

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Kunkel taking quiet, methodical steps to save the environment

Cathy Kunkel showed up at Princeton in 2002 with dreams of saving the environment, and she set out to get an education that would help her to realize them. Since graduating last year with a degree in physics, she has published a paper on coral reefs and tsunami waves in a major scientific journal. And now she's in China working with engineers to address that country's energy problems.

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Six awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has chosen six Princeton faculty members to receive Sloan Research Fellowships this year. The fellowships are highly competitive grants for outstanding scientists and scholars early in their careers.

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Faculty receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Six Princeton faculty members are among the 189 artists, scholars and scientists selected from nearly 2,800 applicants for the 2007 Guggenheim Fellowships.

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New laser technique promises swift detection of bioterrorism agents

A new laser technique allows for instant detection of bioterrorism agents, permitting tests that previously were cumbersome or impossible, according to a report in the April 13 issue of the journal Science.

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Spitzer, Frist to speak at colloquium, April 20-21

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will speak as part of a colloquium titled "From Passion to Politics: What Moves People to Take Action?" set for Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Three Irish poets to read, April 20

Irish poets Vona Groarke, Conor O'Callaghan and Justin Quinn will read from their works at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Nobel laureate Mather to speak, April 19

Nobel laureate John Mather will deliver a lecture titled "From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize" at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in A-02 McDonnell Hall.

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Writing influences focus of Ford talk, April 18

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford will discuss the forces that turn writers to their vocation in a lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in McCosh 50. His talk is titled "Extra-Literary Influences: The Things That Help, the Things That Hurt."

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Amazon executive speaks on leadership, April 18

Amazon.com executive and Princeton alumnus Jeff Wilke will discuss "Tough Choices: Leadership Is All About the Long Run" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Friend Center Convocation Room.

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U.N. envoy to address India's role, April 17 -- CANCELED

This lecture has been canceled due to weather conditions. India's ambassador to the United Nations, Nirupam Sen, will present a talk entitled "How I See India's Role in the World" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Housing is topic, April 16 -- CANCELED

This lecture has been canceled due to weather conditions. Former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein will discuss the state's affordable housing issues at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Ghosh to discuss Geniza, April 16 -- CANCELED

This lecture has been canceled due to weather conditions; organizers hope to reschedule it for later this year. Amitav Ghosh, one of the most widely known Indians writing in English today, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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University will host Handel Festival, April 19-21

International scholars and performers dedicated to honoring the life and works of Baroque composer George Frideric Handel will gather at the University for the American Handel Festival and Meeting on Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21. This is the first time the American Handel Society will hold its biennial festival at Princeton.

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Little lifesavers: Nanoparticles improve delivery of medicines and diagnostics

Tiny, biodegradable particles filled with medicine may also contain answers to some of the biggest human health problems, including cancer and tuberculosis. The secret is the size of the package.

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Activities planned for Earth Day, April 12-25

A variety of activities are being planned on campus this month surrounding the observance of Earth Day on April 22.

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Freshmen get a taste of chemistry — through chocolate

Stefan Bernhard passes around another small dish covered with shards of a familiar dusky substance and directs his 12 freshmen to make a scientific observation about them. "Let a piece dissolve in your mouth, and compare how the residue feels and tastes," he says — a bit indistinctly, for he is already making his own observations along with the group. A baker's dozen mouths swirl first with melting confection, then with words to describe it.

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Study of coastal disasters yields surprising findings, arresting images

Two of the world’s worst natural disasters in recent years stemmed from different causes on opposite sides of the globe, but actually had much in common, according to Yin Lu “Julie” Young. Young, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is part of a large National Science Foundation-funded research initiative that has been studying both the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 and the United States’ Hurricane Katrina of 2005. 

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Players to perform 'Myths and Hymns,' April 19-20

The Princeton University Players will present Adam Guettel's "Myths and Hymns" at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, in the Frist Campus Center Film and Performance Theater.

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'Step-Off' competition set for April 14

The Highsteppers, Princeton University's step team, will present its second annual "Step-Off" competition at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. 

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'Boris Godunov' premiere takes center stage

After months of inspired collaborations between Princeton scholars, students and artists, the curtain will rise on the University's world premiere production of "Boris Godunov" Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14, at the Berlind Theatre.

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Construction starts on new building between engineering and social sciences

Construction of a new building for research and teaching that bridges engineering and the social sciences started the last week of March and will continue for more than a year. The new building, located off of Shapiro Walk between Mudd Library and Wallace Hall, will house the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and the Center for Information Technology Policy. It is scheduled to be completed in August 2008. 

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Deflecting damage: Flexible electronics aid brain injury research

Flexible electronic membranes may overcome a longstanding dilemma faced by brain researchers: How to replicate injuries in the lab without destroying the electrodes that monitor how brain cells respond to physical trauma.  

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Wrestling with great books and ideas

As two of Princeton's most prominent public intellectuals on opposite sides of the political spectrum, Robert George and Cornel West might seem to be an unlikely team to lead a freshman seminar. That notion, however, is quickly dissolved by watching George and West engage their students and each other in "Great Books: Ideas and Arguments," a seminar that grapples with virtue, truth and justice through the works of thinkers ranging from Sophocles and Plato to W.E.B. DuBois and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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Ballet Folklorico to perform, April 14

Ballet Folklorico de Princeton, the University’s traditional Mexican dance group, will present a show titled "Quinto Sol" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Frist Campus Center Film and Performance Theater.

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Undergraduate math team wins Putnam prize

Three undergraduates from Princeton's Department of Mathematics have won the team prize in the 67th William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Ana Caraiani, Andrei Negut and Aaron Pixton took top honors for Princeton for the first time in the contest's history, beating out 507 other university teams from the United States and Canada.  

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Colloquium planned on U.S. prisons, April 10-11

A colloquium titled "Locked Up and Locked Out" will examine the state of the American prison system on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-11, in McCosh 50.

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Rainer highlights dance, film work, April 9-10

Noted dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer will deliver illustrated lectures at 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 9-10, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Hinduism Week festivities planned, April 7-15

A week-long celebration of Hindu thought and culture featuring a lecture by renowned Indian spiritual leader Dada J.P. Vaswani and Indian performing arts shows will run Saturday through Sunday, April 7-15. 

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Poet C.K. Williams to read, April 13

Acclaimed poet and Princeton faculty member C.K. Williams will read from his recently published "Collected Poems" and some new works at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Events accompany 'Godunov,' April 12-14

Scholars of Russian history, literature, theater and music will convene Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14, for a series of scholarly events accompanying Princeton's production of "Boris Godunov," the famed Russian play by Alexander Pushkin.

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Symposium honors 40 years of Latin American studies, April 12-14

A symposium celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Program in Latin American Studies will bring an international collection of scholars to Princeton to discuss new perspectives on the field.

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Sachs to discuss climate change, April 12

Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, will speak on the need for improved international climate change initiatives at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Bowen Hall Auditorium.

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Bush adviser to speak on foreign aid, April 12

David McCormick, a Princeton graduate alumnus who serves as President Bush's deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, will speak on "Results-Based Development: The Bush Administration's Transformation of Foreign Assistance," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Keohane reflects on women and leadership, April 11

"Crossing the Bridge: Reflections on Women and Leadership" is the subject of a lecture to be delivered Wednesday, April 11, by Nannerl Keohane, who joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after 11 years as president of Duke University.

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Ghana's liberation is panel topic, April 11

A panel of scholars will discuss the relevance of Ghana's independence to post-colonialism in Africa and the African Diaspora at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in 219 Burr Hall.

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Enzensberger to read from work, April 11

German poet and essayist Hans Magnus Enzensberger will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Melton to discuss stem cells and policy, April 10

"Stem Cell Challenges in Biology and Public Policy" is the topic of a lecture Tuesday, April 10, by Douglas Melton, a cellular and molecular biologist at Harvard University and co-director of its Stem Cell Institute. The talk is scheduled for 8 p.m. in McCosh 50.

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Lecture examines Shakespeare, race, April 9

Depictions of race in the works of William Shakespeare will be examined in a lecture scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, in 101 McCormick Hall.

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Historic map exhibition, lecture set on exploring Africa, April 15

The evolution of the map of Africa will be presented in an exhibition of historic maps and European explorers' narratives from the University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. The show, "To the Mountains of the Moon: Mapping African Exploration, 1541-1880," will open at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in the main exhibition gallery of Firestone Library. A public lecture by geophysicist and expedition leader Pasquale Scaturro will precede the opening at 4 p.m. in 101 Friend Center. The talk, "The Exploration of the Great Rivers of Africa," will be simulcast in 104 Computer Science.

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University expands family-friendly policies for graduate students

Princeton University has expanded its innovative package of family-focused initiatives to improve support for graduate students while also aiming to increase the number of women pursuing careers in higher education.

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Westoff honored by international union

Charles Westoff, the Maurice P. During '22 Professor of Demographic Studies Emeritus and professor of sociology emeritus, has been honored with the 2007 International Union for the Scientific Study of Population Council Laureate Award. 

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Conway lecture opens workshop, April 11

Princeton mathematician John Conway will offer a public lecture on "All the Best Ways to Pack Spheres" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in A10 Jadwin Hall. The lecture will open a workshop on packing problems that will take place the following two days.

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Cotsen's 'Princyclopedia' brings magic to campus

Standing in a line that wrapped around Dillon Gymnasium, parents prepared their eager children to enter the building. Moms and dads straightened tall, black pointy hats, tightened sashes on colorful robes that dragged across the ground, and placed thick-rimmed, round glasses on the bridges of noses. When the doors opened at 10 a.m., families hurried inside to find the gymnasium transformed into the magical world of "Harry Potter," complete with live animals, wizards, ghosts and goblins. It was all part of "Princyclopedia 2007," the interactive book convention sponsored by Cotsen Children's Library.

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Princeton offers admission to 9.5 percent of applicants

After receiving a record 18,942 applications, Princeton University has offered admission to 1,791 students, or 9.5 percent of those who applied for the class of 2011. Acceptance letters were mailed March 29 to 1,194 students who applied through the regular decision process, and the Office of Admission also informed applicants of their decisions through an online notification system for the first time.

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Davis gift establishes endowment for Princeton's International Center

Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a philanthropist noted for her efforts to promote international understanding, and her son, Shelby M.C. Davis, a member of Princeton's class of 1958 and a University trustee, have made a $5 million gift that will provide ongoing support for Princeton's International Center and allow it to expand and enhance its activities. 

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L'Atelier presents Moliere play, April 12-14

L'Atelier, Princeton's French theater workshop, will perform Moliere's "Le Malade Imaginaire" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.

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Spirit of Princeton nominations due April 13

Nominations for the 12th annual Spirit of Princeton Awards, which honor undergraduates for their positive contributions to campus life, are due by noon Friday, April 13.

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