Archive – July, 2007
Weaver to head diversity efforts in the Graduate School
Posted July 31, 2007; 12:15 p.m.
Karen J. Weaver, a 1994 Princeton alumna, will return to the University as associate dean for academic affairs and diversity in the Graduate School, effective Aug. 1.
Materials academy tackles multiple societal challenges
Posted July 30, 2007; 01:28 p.m.
A little clay and sawdust went a long way at Princeton this month when a group of Trenton-area high school students used the simple materials to create effective, low-cost water filters. The project was part of the Princeton University Materials Academy outreach program for underrepresented minorities and low-income students, offered each summer by the Princeton Center for Complex Materials.
Tigers prowl around the Princeton campus
Posted July 25, 2007; 04:03 p.m.
Tigers in a variety of moods -- ferocious, smiling, serene and roaring -- can be spotted on and around buildings all over the Princeton campus. The tiger took hold as the University's mascot in the late 1800s, when sportswriters started to refer to players as "tigers" and carved stone tigers began appearing on campus buildings. "The Tigers of Princeton University: A Campus Safari and Photo Essay," a book produced by the Office of Communications, provides a tour of the numerous tigers on Princeton's campus.
Paper exhibition runs through Sept. 6
Posted July 24, 2007; 11:27 a.m.
An exhibition of handmade paper and prints by artist Susan Dry Boynton will be on view in the Program in the Study of Women and Gender lounge, 113 Dickinson Hall, through Thursday, Sept. 6.
Satellite system may give ecologists a bird's-eye view
Posted July 23, 2007; 02:58 p.m.
Aerospace engineering professor Jeremy Kasdin usually designs space systems to search for distant planets, but his latest endeavor is on the lookout for creatures close to Earth. Kasdin and Martin Wikelski, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, have collaborated with faculty colleagues and students to develop an innovative satellite system to track the migratory patterns of small birds. The researchers are now seeking support to launch the project.
Exhibition highlights vintage travel photos
Posted July 19, 2007; 10:00 a.m.
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.
Wilson School to expand master in public policy program
Posted July 17, 2007; 12:40 p.m.
Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is expanding its one-year master in public policy (MPP) program to offer the degree to qualified physicians, Ph.D. scientists and lawyers. The school plans on enrolling new students into the expanded program for the 2008-09 academic year.
McPherson to receive first Pritzker literature award
Posted July 17, 2007; 12:36 p.m.
James McPherson, Princeton's George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History Emeritus, has been selected to receive the first Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
Summer institute puts teachers in role of students
Posted July 16, 2007; 01:40 p.m.
For a group of teachers spending two weeks as students on the Princeton campus, fairy tales and other children's stories are a serious topic of discussion. Participants in the Teachers as Scholars Summer Institute, which runs July 9-20, are delving into works such as "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Jungle Book" in seminars led by Ulrich Knoepflmacher, a professor emeritus of English who developed Princeton's first courses on children's literature. Some two dozen teachers are participating in the program, which enables K-12 teachers to conduct research and develop programs for use in their classrooms.
Research Notes - Summer 2007
Posted July 13, 2007; 03:18 p.m.
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
Undergrads get taste of graduate student life
Posted July 12, 2007; 11:52 a.m.
This summer college student Christine Ho is getting a taste of what it's like to study for a Ph.D. at a major research university like Princeton. Ho, who is going to be a senior at the University of Texas-Austin this fall, is spending nine weeks at Princeton researching the role of women in post-colonial Algeria. She meets once a week with Princeton professor Simon Gikandi, an expert in the culture and literature of Africa, to discuss the reading she has done and talk about the direction in which her research is heading.
Annual Giving campaign raises $49 million
Posted July 10, 2007; 08:00 a.m.
The 2006-07 Annual Giving campaign raised $49,040,759 -- the highest total in Princeton's history -- with 58.5 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. This achievement represents strong performances across Princeton's broad range of constituencies, including major Reunion classes, non-major Reunion classes, graduate alumni and parents.
Chiang chosen as ONR Young Investigator
Posted July 9, 2007; 02:37 p.m.
The Office of Naval Research has named Princeton's Mung Chiang the recipient of Young Investigator Program award to continue his work on communications networks. He is one of only 33 researchers selected this year for the prestigious program, which supports the work of scientists and engineers early in their academic careers "who show exceptional promise for doing creative research."
PPPL summer program empowers next generation of plasma scientists
Posted July 9, 2007; 12:11 p.m.
The future of nuclear fusion and its promise of limitless, clean energy has arrived at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in the form of 28 budding scientists, many of them still in their teens. This contingent of top-notch university and high school students from across the country has gathered for a summer of intensive lab work in plasma physics, the field that could someday provide a way to create power the way the sun does -- by pressing two uncommon forms of hydrogen together until they combine to form helium atoms, releasing a burst of energy in the process.
Groves earns prestigious NIH MERIT award
Posted July 3, 2007; 03:40 p.m.
Princeton chemist John Groves has received a rare MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health to continue exploring iron-based chemistry within living things.
Award honors Peh's research and outreach
Posted July 2, 2007; 11:52 a.m.
Princeton's Li-Shiuan Peh has been named the winner of the 2007 Anita Borg Early Career Award by the Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research.
Frontiers of health: Advances in medicine emerge at intersection of engineering and biology
Posted July 2, 2007; 10:50 a.m.
Revolutionary cancer treatments. Potent HIV drugs. Diabetes-fighting stem cells. Princeton engineers are bringing new and often unexpected perspectives to bear in developing these and an array of other medical breakthroughs, while advancing the basic understanding of biology. They are the vanguard of an emerging discipline that links engineering and biology -- with human health as the beneficiary.