Archive – December, 2008
University starts new year with new campus transit system
Posted December 29, 2008; 10:00 a.m.
On Monday, Jan. 5, the University will launch its new integrated campus transit system, featuring new routes, new environmentally friendly buses and a new provider.
New book provides look inside Scheide Library
Posted December 29, 2008; 10:00 a.m.
A new book, "Biblio" by photographer Natasha D'Schommer, offers a rare close-up look at many of the exceptional books and manuscripts that belong to the Scheide Library, one of the most significant private book collections in the United States, which is housed in Firestone Library.
AAAS selects three fellows at Princeton
Posted December 24, 2008; 12:15 p.m.
Three members of the Princeton University faculty have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow, an honor bestowed upon members of the science society by their peers.
Princeton researchers discover new type of laser
Posted December 23, 2008; 11:32 a.m.
A Princeton-led team of researchers has discovered an entirely new mechanism for making common electronic materials emit laser beams. The finding could lead to lasers that operate more efficiently and at higher temperatures than existing devices, and find applications in environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics.
Biehl wins anthropology book award
Posted December 22, 2008; 05:42 p.m.
João Biehl, professor of anthropology, has received the Diana Forsythe Prize for his book "Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival."
Opera, conference to focus on Homer
Posted December 22, 2008; 05:10 p.m.
Princeton University students will present "The Return of Ulysses," Claudio Monteverdi's opera about desire, greed and marital fidelity, with a 20th-century twist at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. ...
'Science-on-Saturday' lectures offered
Posted December 22, 2008; 05:01 p.m.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's annual Science-on-Saturday program -- a series of eight talks on topics ranging from microplasmas to contact lens care -- is scheduled for Jan. 10 through March 14.
Students explore health, politics and food in New Jersey
Posted December 22, 2008; 08:50 a.m.
The current state of the U.S. economy crystallized for Princeton senior Davion Chism earlier this month, when she and several classmates interviewed food bank workers and food pantry clients in Newark. Chism is enrolled in the course "The Politics of Race and Health in America," a politics and African American studies course examining structural and political reasons for racial disparities in the rates of cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality and other health issues.
Letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Posted December 19, 2008; 12:00 p.m.
This letter to the editor was published in the Dec. 19, 2008, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Your Dec. 14 editorial ("The Princeton lawsuit: Don’t disregard donors") draws the wrong lesson from the settlement of the lawsuit brought against Princeton University by descendants of Charles and Marie Robertson. This lawsuit was about adhering to the agreement that was reached between the donor and the University when Marie Robertson made her $35 million gift 47 years ago. In their lawsuit, some of her descendants sought to overturn that agreement and substitute their own ideas about how the funds should be managed and spent.
Heller-Roazen wins literary studies prize
Posted December 18, 2008; 04:13 p.m.
Daniel Heller-Roazen, a professor of comparative literature, has received the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association of America.
Students plan green makeover for old factory
Posted December 18, 2008; 10:39 a.m.
A group of Princeton engineering students is reimagining a 19th-century textile factory as a modern, energy-efficient headquarters for a Trenton nonprofit. Their goal: Save money; save the planet.
Aschheim receives Joan Mitchell Foundation Award
Posted December 16, 2008; 02:22 p.m.
Eve Aschheim, senior lecturer in visual arts at the Lewis Center for the Arts, is one of 25 contemporary artists awarded a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
University choral groups included on benefit CD
Posted December 16, 2008; 02:10 p.m.
Eleven choirs in Princeton, N.J. -- including three from the University -- have once again contributed music for "A Princeton Christmas: For the Children of Africa Vol. 2."
Zarnstorff, Prager earn Dawson Award
Posted December 16, 2008; 02:05 p.m.
Michael Zarnstorff of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Stewart Prager, who has been named the next director of the lab, have received the American Physical Society's 2008 Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics.
Engineering our future
Posted December 16, 2008; 01:17 p.m.
Princeton professors Ed Felten, Ron Weiss and Yin Lu Young describe how their cutting-edge research today can positively influence the future.
Science key to helping the economy, leaders say
Posted December 15, 2008; 04:40 p.m.
National leaders in politics, business, research and education, including Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, met on campus today and called for renewing America's commitment to science and technology. Such an effort, they said, may be the best long-term cure for the nation's ailing economy.
Nassau Street entrance closed, Dec. 19-Jan. 5
Posted December 11, 2008; 06:11 p.m.
The Nassau Street entrance to campus for vehicles will be closed during the University's winter recess, from 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, until 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5.
Krugman presented with Nobel Prize
Posted December 11, 2008; 02:53 p.m.
In accepting his Nobel Prize in Sweden this week, Princeton economist Paul Krugman gave credit to a global network of colleagues who helped him reshape the way people understand how the world's economy functions.
Exhibition presents views on peace
Posted December 11, 2008; 11:43 a.m.
An exhibition of photographs taken around the world by Princeton community members -- showcasing diverse viewpoints on the question of "What Is Peace?" -- is on view in the Murray-Dodge Hall lobby.
Barnard receives Sachs Scholarship
Posted December 11, 2008; 11:10 a.m.
A senior with a keen interest in social justice has been named the recipient of the 2009 Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, one of the highest awards given to Princeton undergraduates. Alexander Barnard, a sociology major, plans to use the Sachs award to pursue a master's deree at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Worcester College at the University of Oxford.
Class of 1967 gives dorm to Butler College
Posted December 11, 2008; 10:07 a.m.
Members of Princeton's class of 1967 are honoring the spirit and loyalty of their class by giving the University a new dormitory: the Class of 1967 Hall in Butler College.
George receives Presidential Citizens Medal
Posted December 10, 2008; 05:33 p.m.
Robert George, Princeton's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, received the Presidential Citizens Medal at a ceremony at the White House on Dec. 10. The medal, awarded in recognition of exemplary deeds of service to the nation, is one of the highest honors a president can confer on a civilian.
Understanding the Robertson v. Princeton settlement
Posted December 10, 2008; 09:00 a.m.
Presented here is a brief glossary of terms and case history to aid in understanding the Dec. 9, 2008, settlement agreement for the lawsuit that the Robertson family filed against Princeton University in 2002.
Settlement retains Princeton's control, use of Robertson funds
Posted December 10, 2008; 09:00 a.m.
Princeton University will have full control of the endowment associated with the Robertson Foundation and will continue to use the endowment to support the graduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs under a settlement agreement that ends the six-year-old lawsuit brought against the University by members of the Robertson family.
Sugar can be addictive, Princeton scientist says
Posted December 10, 2008; 06:00 a.m.
A Princeton University scientist will present new evidence today demonstrating that sugar can be an addictive substance, wielding its power over the brains of lab animals in a manner similar to many drugs of abuse.
Princeton-led team finds secret ingredient for the health of tropical rainforests
Posted December 9, 2008; 09:00 a.m.
A team of researchers led by Princeton University scientists has found for the first time that tropical rainforests, a vital part of the Earth's ecosystem, rely on the rare trace element molybdenum to capture the nitrogen fertilizer needed to support their wildly productive growth. Most of the nitrogen that supports the rapid, lush growth of rainforests comes from tiny bacteria that can turn nitrogen in the air into fertilizer in the soil.
'Egypt Unveiled' exhibition on view at Firestone
Posted December 8, 2008; 01:27 p.m.
"Egypt Unveiled: The Mission of Napoleon's Savants," an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of a seminal publication of Egyptian history, will be on view from Dec. 21 through May 10 in the main gallery of Firestone Library.
Students showcase magical semester with Dec. 10 performance
Posted December 8, 2008; 12:53 p.m.
An event featuring the collaborative work created by students in their Princeton Atelier course with an actor/magician and theater artists is set for Wednesday, Dec. 10. Free performances of "Pieces of Strange," an evening of magic, theater and comedy, will be presented at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in 301 Frist Campus Center.
Proposals sought for global research projects
Posted December 5, 2008; 09:51 a.m.
Princeton faculty members are invited to submit grant proposals for projects to facilitate global research initiatives through the Council for International Teaching and Research.
1930s German 'Kabarett' takes the stage at Lewis Center
Posted December 4, 2008; 12:32 p.m.
"Flammentangel Kabarett," a senior thesis production that explores the atmosphere of creativity and freedom, decadence and fear that characterized Weimar Germany in the 1930s, will be presented Friday through Monday, Dec. 5-8, in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau St.
Smiley to speak at Friends of the Library dinner
Posted December 3, 2008; 06:25 p.m.
Television and radio talk show host Tavis Smiley will be the featured speaker at the Friends of the Princeton University Library's annual winter dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Icahn Laboratory.
Talk focuses on women and war
Posted December 3, 2008; 06:22 p.m.
"Taking Women Seriously to Make Sense of the Iraq War" is the title of a talk by Cynthia Enloe, a professor of international development and director of women's studies at Clark University, set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Bill Bradley to speak on Russia's past and future
Posted December 3, 2008; 06:19 p.m.
Former U.S. senator and Princeton alumnus Bill Bradley will deliver a lecture titled "Russia: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Former Middle East envoy Ross to discuss region
Posted December 3, 2008; 06:16 p.m.
Dennis Ross, a former special Middle East envoy under President Bill Clinton, will discuss the region in a lecture scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The talk is titled "Whither the Middle East?"
Frist hosts Winterval celebration
Posted December 3, 2008; 06:09 p.m.
Princeton students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to attend the Frist Campus Center's Winterval celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Ullman Lectures explore international relations--CANCELED
Posted December 3, 2008; 05:58 p.m.
Renowned international relations scholar Stanley Hoffmann will deliver three talks in a new lecture series in honor of retired Princeton scholar Richard Ullman at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 8-10, in Robertson Hall.
Shih wins Marshall Scholarship
Posted December 3, 2008; 03:55 p.m.
Senior Michael Shih -- a major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs who is a nationally ranked debater -- is one of 40 American college students awarded 2009 Marshall Scholarships.
Historian Peter Brown selected to share $1 million Kluge Prize
Posted December 3, 2008; 11:33 a.m.
Peter Brown, Princeton's Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, has been named a co-winner of the 2008 Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity.
Treisman wins Grawemeyer Award for Psychology
Posted December 2, 2008; 10:00 p.m.
A Princeton University scientist whose work has explored how brains build meaningful images from a sea of visual information has won the 2009 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.
CPUC meeting scheduled for Dec. 8
Posted December 2, 2008; 12:57 p.m.
The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in 101 Friend Center. All members of the University community are invited to attend.
Vigil for Mumbai planned
Posted December 2, 2008; 12:48 p.m.
One week after the terror attacks on Mumbai, the Princeton University community will gather on Wednesday, Dec. 3, for an interfaith vigil, paying tribute to the city and those affected by the attacks.
Jazz ensembles highlight music of Pat Metheny
Posted December 1, 2008; 04:42 p.m.
The Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble and the Princeton University Pat Metheny Ensemble will spotlight the music of Grammy Award-winning composer, guitarist and bandleader Pat Metheny in a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Video: diSiac celebrates with 'Evolution!'
Posted December 1, 2008; 11:13 a.m.
The diSiac Dance Company celebrated its 10th anniversary with the performance of "Evolution!" Dec. 4-5 in the Berlind Theatre.
Report details University's major economic impact on region, state
Posted December 1, 2008; 11:02 a.m.
Princeton University is a major economic force in the region and state, boosting the New Jersey economy by more than $1 billion through construction activity, purchases of goods and services, taxes, visitor and student spending, and other financial contributions.
Eyes on the environment
Posted December 1, 2008; 10:36 a.m.
In studying the ecological concerns related to oil palm, Princeton ecologist David Wilcove also is analyzing the industry's economic and social impact -- an approach that defines his mission as a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs, and as director of the Program in Environmental Studies. In his research and teaching, Wilcove marries scientific expertise with policy studies in trying to identify solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental problems.