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Archive – June, 2008

Student-made environmental films and podcasts to debut

Friday, July 11, 2008, 3:30 p.m. · 302 Frist Campus Center

The Princeton Student Environmental Communication Network will present short documentary films and podcasts on environmental topics made by Princeton undergraduates at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, in 302 Frist Campus Center.

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Walters selected as AD of the Year

Princeton Director of Athletics Gary Walters is one of 29 winners of the AstroTurf AD of the Year Award. 

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Couzin named Searle Scholar

Iain Couzin, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton, has been named a 2008 Searle Scholar for his innovative research.

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'Bus Stops' in Princeton 50 years later

William Inge's "Bus Stop," which had its world premiere in Princeton in the 1950s, will return to town June 26-July 6 as part of Princeton Summer Theater's 40th anniversary season. The all-student theater company based on the Princeton University campus will present the play at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, June 26-28 and July 3-5, with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays, June 28-29 and July 5-6, in the Hamilton-Murray Theater. 

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'Bus Stops' in Princeton 50 years later

William Inge's "Bus Stop," which had its world premiere in Princeton in the 1950s, will return to town June 26-July 6 as part of Princeton Summer Theater's 40th anniversary season. The all-student theater company based on the Princeton University campus will present the play at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, June 26-28 and July 3-5, with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays, June 28-29 and July 5-6, in the Hamilton-Murray Theater.

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CASE honors Princeton communications, fundraising efforts

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has recognized Princeton for communications initiatives in development, public affairs and admissions and financial aid, as well as for the University's fundraising efforts.

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Graduate to develop text message system to help HIV/AIDS patients in Botswana

Recent Princeton graduate Katy Digovich has been awarded a Compton Mentor Fellowship to establish a program that would enable HIV/AIDS patients in Botswana to receive text message reminders to take their medicine, aiming to solve a common problem in a country deeply afflicted by the virus.

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Harris seeks new insights into persistent achievement gap

Angel Harris wants to change the way people think about the academic achievement gap across racial and ethnic groups in the United States -- an issue that he understands intimately, having struggled to make it through high school himself. Now an assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at Princeton, Harris is seeking to debunk current theories about the achievement gap that he has found to be implausible.

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President Tilghman receives honorary degrees

Acclaimed for her leadership and scientific contributions, President Shirley M. Tilghman recently has received honorary degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Amherst College.

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Strategic plan calls for 'national model' in diversity leadership

Carl Fields, for whom Princeton's Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, is named, wrote in 1968, "The creation of a large cadre of men and women, black and white, with the ability to plan together, work together and understand together can only be accomplished if there is a total kind of commitment on the part of the education institutions to promote this level of leadership." Those closest to the Fields Center are working to renew its commitment to create that kind of understanding. An advisory board of students, faculty, staff and alumni, formed in January 2007, issued a draft strategic plan earlier this year on how to reshape the center. Although not the sole motivation for the needs assessment, the center's planned move into a new facility in 2009  helped provoke the action.  

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New home of Fields Center, Community House slated to open in a year

Construction is scheduled to begin in July on the renovation of 58 Prospect Ave. -- the new home of the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding and Community House. 

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Carillon concerts planned through Aug. 31

Sundays, June 29 through Aug. 31, 2008, 1 p.m. · Cleveland Tower, Graduate College

The University's 16th annual Summer Carillon Series, featuring carillonneurs from across the country, will be held at 1 p.m. each Sunday from June 29 through Aug. 31 at Cleveland Tower on the Graduate College campus.

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Summer performances offered at Richardson

Tuesdays, June 17 and July 15, and Thursdays, June 26 and July 10, 2008, 8 p.m. · Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Princeton University Summer Concerts will present four performances this summer starting at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Summer construction includes completion of three new facilities

Crews will work this summer to put the finishing touches on three additions to the Princeton campus -- the Lewis Library, a new building bridging engineering and the social sciences, and Roberts Stadium -- while progressing on several other construction projects.

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Labouisse winner to study transnational migration in South Africa

Princeton senior Sian ÓFaoláin has been awarded the University’s Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize, which will allow her to focus on issues of transnational migration in South Africa. 

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Sustainability projects funded through High Meadows gift

The first round of initiatives has been funded under the auspices of the research, education and civic engagement section of the University's new Sustainability Plan. 

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Seven named to Board of Trustees

Princeton University has named seven new members of its Board of Trustees. 

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Ivy Athletes Charity Team unifies student-athletes for a cause

Sophomore Christine Vidmar and her track and field teammates spent a few hours during "Princeton Preview" in April working for the University as special greeters for the thousands of prospective freshmen that blanketed campus. At the same time, they raised money for a worthy cause as part of the Ivy Athletes Charity Team (IACT).

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Outreach programs encourage summer learning at Princeton

Students of all ages and teachers from New Jersey and beyond will be engaged in a summer of learning on the Princeton campus, taking part in outreach programs on subjects ranging from basic computer skills to advanced scientific research. The following list offers a look at some of the University's educational outreach programs taking place this summer.

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Princeton selected by NOAA for climate research program

After a competitive review process, Princeton University's Cooperative Institute for Climate Science has been selected as a collaborative research partner by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Princeton participates in review of admission procedures for class of 2010

Princeton University is providing information to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights as part of a compliance review of the University's admission procedures. The review is the education department's response to an individual complaint submitted to the department in August 2006 by an applicant to Princeton who was denied admission.

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Gilson honored for language instruction

Erika Gilson, a senior lecturer in Near Eastern studies at Princeton, has received the Walton Award from the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages for her contributions to the field of language instruction.

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Class of 2012 welcome site available

Incoming students and their parents can find useful and important information about coming to Princeton on the class of 2012 website. 

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Summer theater season runs June 12-Aug. 10

Thursdays through Sundays, June 14 through Aug. 10, various times · Hamilton-Murray Theater.

Princeton Summer Theater is celebrating its 40th anniversary of bringing live shows to audiences of all ages with a lineup of productions ranging from plays by Tom Stoppard and Noel Coward to new interpretations of children's classics. The shows will run Thursdays through Sundays, June 14 through Aug. 10, at the Hamilton-Murray Theater. 

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Annual Giving: Job One

Annual Giving is a vital part of the five-year, University-wide campaign entitled Aspire: A Plan for Princeton.

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Web of possibilities: Salganik finds new avenues for social research online

Why do certain songs become hits while others flop? How can individuals be encouraged to consider the public good rather than act selfishly? Why are casual relationships sometimes as important as connections to friends and family?

Those are the kinds of wide-ranging questions that Assistant Professor of Sociology Matthew Salganik has been using the Internet to answer in an approach that is opening new avenues of social science research.

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Four faculty selected as Howard Hughes investigators

Four Princeton faculty members are among 56 researchers who have been selected as the newest class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Being selected is one of the highest honors in biomedical research.

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Thinking ahead: Bacteria anticipate coming changes in their environment

A new study by Princeton University researchers shows for the first time that bacteria don't just react to changes in their surroundings -- they anticipate and prepare for them. The findings, reported in the June 6 issue of Science, challenge the prevailing notion that only organisms with complex nervous systems have this ability.

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Gilbert Hunt, probability expert, dies at 92

Gilbert Hunt, a professor emeritus of mathematics at Princeton University and one of the world's recognized authorities in the fields of probability theory and analysis, has died. He was 92. 

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Letter to the editor of USA TODAY

A slightly altered version of this letter to the editor was published June 5, 2008, in USA TODAY:

Princeton University agrees with the overall theme of your May 28 editorial ("Our view on charitable giving: Honor donors' intent") that recipients of charitable gifts should honor the agreements they make with donors. With respect to the gift that you cite, that is exactly what we have done. What you failed to point out is that it is the descendants of the donor, not Princeton University, who are trying to overturn the donor’s intent through an expensive lawsuit and public relations campaign.

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Commencement 2008

Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman and graduating students reflect on their time together, preparing for a world in which the only constant is change.

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Apply education to lead change, Tilghman tells graduates

President Shirley M. Tilghman told graduates June 3 that their Princeton education -- with its "powerful combination of breadth and depth" -- is their best preparation for a world in which the one constant is change. She illustrated her annual Commencement address by citing examples from Princeton graduate Robert F. Goheen, who served as president of the University from 1957 to 1972 during a period of transformative growth and change. Goheen died earlier this year at age 88.

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Princeton University holds 261st Commencement

Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,125 undergraduates and 743 graduate students at its 261st Commencement Tuesday, June 3.

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Princeton awards five honorary degrees

Princeton University awarded honorary degrees during Commencement exercises June 3 to five distinguished individuals for their contributions to humanitarian efforts, music and entertainment, political theory, science and medicine, literature and higher learning. Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman awarded degrees to Quincy Jones, an inspirational creative artist and entertainment industry executive; George Kateb, an influential political theorist and Princeton's William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics Emeritus; Mary-Claire King, a pioneering geneticist whose work extends to human rights; Haruki Murakami, a celebrated and innovative author; and John Waterbury, a university president and Princeton's William Stewart Tod Professor of Politics and International Affairs Emeritus.

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Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching

Four Princeton faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies June 3. They are: Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology; Pablo Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science; Marie Griffith, professor of religion; and Nicole Shelton, associate professor of psychology.

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2008 President's Commencement Remarks

2008 Commencement Remarks delivered by President Shirley M. Tilghman.

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2008 Valedictory Oration

2008 Valedictory Oration delivered by Zachary Squire.

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2008 Latin Salutatory Oration

2008 Latin Salutatory Oration delivered by James Morrison.

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Seniors celebrate achievements and share laughs at Class Day

Bathed in sunshine and dressed in their new class jackets, members of the class of 2008 saluted their accomplishments and enjoyed many moments of laughter on Monday, June 2, at Princeton's Class Day ceremony.

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Students honored for achievement and service at Class Day

Members of Princeton's class of 2008 gathered on Cannon Green Monday, June 2, to celebrate the conclusion of their undergraduate careers in a Class Day ceremony honoring their service and accomplishments.

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Physician-anthropologist urges social activism at Baccalaureate

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer June 1 asked the Princeton graduating class of 2008 to do nothing less than change the world, urging them to ignite a broad social movement that would bring peace, health and justice to humanity.

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