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Archive – January, 2009

Forum planned on spending school tax dollars

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. · Robertson Hall

A forum titled "The 'E' in Thorough and Efficient: How Can We Ensure Efficiency in Spending School Tax Dollars?" is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Robertson Hall.

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Tilghman to speak at CPUC

Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh 10

Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman will lead a conversation about topics on the University's agenda during the next Council of the Princeton University Community meeting on Monday, Feb. 9.

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American Physical Society names three Princeton fellows

A research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and two Princeton faculty members have been named fellows by the American Physical Society.

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Obama's 'new liberalism' is lecture topic

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, 8 p.m. · McCosh 50

The shift from the conservatism dominating American politics during the presidency of George W. Bush to a new brand of liberalism under President Barack Obama is the subject of a lecture by journalist and author George Packer set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in McCosh 50. His talk is titled "The New Liberalism."

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Series explores Latin American art, literature and film

Feb. 4 through April 29, 2009, 4:30 p.m. · 219 Burr Hall

An international collection of artists, writers and scholars will participate in a lecture series titled "Art, Literature, Film: Latin American Perspectives" hosted this spring by the Program in Latin American Studies.

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Chyba to address arms control challenges

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, 4:30 p.m. · 16 Robertson Hall

Princeton scholar and security expert Christopher Chyba will present a talk on "Arms Control Challenges for the Incoming Administration" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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Jadwin Gym -- built 40 years ago for basketball and more

Jadwin Gymnasium celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The building, which is home to eight varsity teams, hosted its first athletic event, a men's basketball game against the University of Pennsylvania, on Jan. 25, 1969. Princeton defeated Penn 74-62.

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EPA presents clean construction workshop at Princeton, Feb. 2

Princeton's Department of Facilities will host an Environmental Protection Agency workshop on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, addressing clean construction options for colleges and universities. The workshop is focused on clean diesel technologies for existing construction equipment, and presenting funding opportunities and examples of successful diesel emissions reduction projects in the Northeast.

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mullen to deliver policy address

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh 10

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver a major policy address titled "Global Trends and National Security" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in McCosh 10.

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Shapiro receives Clark Kerr Medal

Princeton President Emeritus Harold T. Shapiro has received the 2008 Clark Kerr Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education. He was awarded the medal at a private event in Berkeley, Calif., Jan. 27.

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Princeton's Anne-Marie Slaughter to lead policy planning staff at U.S. State Department

Anne-Marie Slaughter has resigned as dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to become director of the policy planning staff at the U.S. State Department.

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Ice skating available on Lake Carnegie

The recent run of cold weather has resulted in Lake Carnegie freezing over and being available for ice skating for the first time since 2007. Members of the University and local communities are invited to take advantage of the five-plus inches of ice.

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Outage will affect computing services

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, 5 to 7 a.m.

Most campus computing network services will be unavailable from 5 to 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, due to scheduled maintenance being performed on all of the core campus routers by the Office of Information Technology.

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Letter to the editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education and Chronicle of Philanthropy - Updated

This letter to the editor was published in the Feb. 13, 2009 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education and a slightly altered version of this letter was published in the Jan. 29, 2009 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy under the headline "Robertson vs. Princeton vs. Donor Intent."

In their article about the settlement of the six-and-a-half year old lawsuit brought against Princeton University by current members of the Robertson family (“Settlement Ends Dispute Between Princeton and Donors’ Heirs,” The Chronicle, January 9), Kathryn Masterson and Ben Gose give perfectly sound advice: be clear about the purpose of a gift; have clear guidelines for its use; stay in touch with the donors and involve their children. 

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Two faculty honored by British government

Two Princeton faculty members have been awarded high honors by the British government. David Cannadine, the Whitney Oates Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and a lecturer in the history department, has received a knighthood. Linda Colley, the Shelby Davis 1958 Professor of History, has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Trustees approve lowest fee package increase since 1966

Princeton University trustees Jan. 24 approved the lowest percentage increase in undergraduate tuition and fees since 1966 -- 2.9 percent  -- while also endorsing a 13 percent increase in the undergraduate scholarship budget to ensure that the rise in the fee package will not affect students on financial aid.

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Pop culture, power and politics inspire Leheny's teaching about East Asia

In the span of 50 minutes, a lecture by East Asian studies professor David Leheny on Asian "soft power" begins with music from an album called "Punch the Monkey" and touches on two Korean pop sensations, an anime film, the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies, two NBA stars, "American Idol," rice cookers, amusement parks and the top 20 animated features in the United States in 2002. The cultural references -- all relevant to the discussion of Asian influence around the world -- are typical for Leheny, the Henry Wendt III '55 Professor of East Asian Studies.  

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Steward named director of Princeton University Art Museum

James Steward, a skilled arts administrator and a specialist in 18th- and 19th-century European art and culture, has been selected as director of the Princeton University Art Museum.

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University community celebrates historic inauguration

Freshman Esther Clovis said she has two male role models in her life: her father and Barack Obama. Both men have endured hardships and possess great work ethics. On Tuesday, the inauguration of Obama as president showed her that persistence and hard work can pay off, and that the American dream can belong to her family too.

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Princeton sets applications record for fifth year in a row

Princeton University for the fifth consecutive year has set a record for students applying for admission, receiving 21,869 applications for the class of 2013. Over the past six years, the University has experienced a 60 percent increase in applications. The record-setting interest from student applicants comes as the University plans to enroll its highest number of freshmen in history.

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Panel to examine consequences of Gaza crisis

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, 6 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

A panel discussion titled "No End in Sight? The Gaza Crisis and Its Consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Price: As one of King's dreams is realized, others remain

While Barack Obama's election as the first African American U.S. president marks an unprecedented step in realizing Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, scholar and activist Hugh Price told an audience today at Princeton University's annual King Day celebration that much work remains to be done to fulfill the vision of an American society in which people of all backgrounds thrive.

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Video: Breaking Down Barriers

Student volunteers ran workshops and a carnival for families with children with Down syndrome during the 2008 <font color="#fa7f00"><a href="http://www.princeton.edu/~pda/">Princeton Disability Awareness Conference.</a></font>

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Massey receives MLK Day Journey Award for mentoring efforts

William Massey, a renowned engineering professor who has been lauded for his efforts to support underrepresented minorities in the fields of science and technology, received Princeton's MLK Day Journey Award, which recognizes efforts to continue the journey to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for America.

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Princeton opens new chapter on solar energy

A solar installation at the high-tech storage library on the Forrestal Campus is launching the University into a new area of energy sustainability.

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Bridge Year participants to serve in Peru, Ghana, Serbia and India

Administrators of Princeton University's new Bridge Year Program have selected three program partners and four locations around the world where students who have accepted an offer of admission to the University will spend a tuition-free enrichment period focused on public service.

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DOE awards University PPPL contract

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Jan. 15 that Princeton University has been awarded a five-year management and operating contract to continue managing the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The contract runs from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2014, with a 60-day transition period beginning this month, and with a provision that permits the University to earn up to five additional years of management of the lab.

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Astronomers from Princeton and Japan unite to explore the universe, near and far

Subaru Telescope will help scientists to view distant planets and to understand dark energy and the life cycles of galaxies

Scientists from Princeton University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have agreed to collaborate over the next 10 years, using new instrumentation on the Hawaii-based Subaru Telescope to peer into hidden corners of the nearby universe and ferret out secrets from its distant past.

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Chiang receives Presidential Early Career Award

Mung Chiang, a Princeton engineering professor who studies the communications networks integral to modern society, has received a 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House.

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Exhibition features Japanese woodblock print collection

Jan. 18 through June 7, 2009 · Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library

An exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints, highlighting changing fashions and evolving print technologies in that country from the late 1600s tthrough the mid-1800s, will run from Jan. 18 through June 7 in Firestone Library's Milberg Gallery. "Beauty and Bravado in Japanese Woodblock Prints: Highlights From the Gillett G. Griffin Collection" features works donated by Griffin, curator emeritus of the University's Graphic Arts Collection.

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Library acquires papers of former Time editor

The Princeton University Library has acquired the papers of the American journalist, editor and author T.S. (Thomas Stanley) Matthews, a member of Princeton's class of 1922 who spent much of his long and distinguished professional career at Time magazine. 

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Tournament launches area students into science skills test

Events involving robots, catapults and bridges drew 600 middle and high school students to the New Jersey Science Olympiad on Thursday, Jan. 8, at Princeton. Students from 60 schools around the state competed in 30 events that tested their science knowledge and engineering skills.

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Website showcases robust array of Healthier Princeton programs

Faculty, staff and students who made New Year's resolutions to improve their physical, mental or spiritual health can use a new website to learn about the many campus resources available through the University's Healthier Princeton program.

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Video: The Beat is Sweet

Lauren Whitehead produced a preview of her senior thesis production, an imagined encounter between Langston Hughes and Federico Garcia Lorca,  which was performed Jan. 9-11.

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Tilghman letter on Princeton's response to the economic downturn

The text of President Shirley M. Tilghman's Jan. 8, 2009, letter on Princeton's response to the economic downturn.

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Tilghman details impact of economic downturn

While Princeton remains fully committed to its financial aid program and other high-priority initiatives, the current economic downturn has reduced the value of the University's endowment and has led officials to adjust future spending projections, President Shirley M. Tilghman told members of the campus community in a Jan. 8 letter. 

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Classic tale given a 20th-century context in Princeton's 'Ulysses'

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.

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'Gently used' clothing needed for annual drive

Jan. 21-28, 2009, 8 to 9 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. · Princeton Stadium ticket office

The University is conducting its annual clothing drive Jan. 21-28 to benefit Suitably Dressed, an organization that collects "gently used" business attire for men and women.

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Panel, viewing planned for Obama inauguration

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, 11 a.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

A faculty panel discussion and a viewing of Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th U.S. president are planned for Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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American presidential transition is theme of King Day event

Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, 1 p.m. · Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Princeton will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration Monday, Jan. 19, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start with musical selections at 1 p.m.

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Exhibition features Japanese woodblock print collection

Jan. 18 through June 7, 2009 · Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library

An exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints, highlighting changing fashions and evolving print technologies in that country from the late 1600s to the mid-1800s, will run from Jan. 18 through June 7 in Firestone Library's Milberg Gallery. "Beauty and Bravado in Japanese Woodblock Prints: Highlights From the Gillett G. Griffin Collection" features works donated by Griffin, curator emeritus of the University's Graphic Arts Collection.

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Video: Financial Aid Estimator Tour

Financial Aid Director Robin Moscato introduces four videos that use Princeton's aid estimator to show how families at varying income levels may be eligible for grant aid.

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University to host Science Olympiad

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, 8:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. · McDonnell Hall, Jadwin Hall and Jadwin Gymnasium

On Thursday, Jan. 8, the University will host a regional tournament of the New Jersey Science Olympiad, an event that will test the science and engineering knowledge of more than 800 middle school and high school students.  

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Letter to the editor of the San Jose Mercury News

This letter to the editor was submitted on Jan. 5, 2009, to the San Jose Mercury News:

Frederic Fransen’s Dec. 31 opinion (“Lawsuit settlement’s message is: Donors beware”) draws the wrong message from the settlement of the lawsuit brought against Princeton University by descendants of Charles and Marie Robertson. The real message is that a university can be sued even when it fully adheres to the written agreement it reaches with a donor, in this case Marie Robertson, who gave $35 million more than 47 years ago to support the graduate program of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. 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.

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Team finds breast cancer gene linked to disease spread

A team of researchers at Princeton University and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey has identified a long-sought gene that is fatefully switched on in 30 to 40 percent of all breast cancer patients, spreading the disease, resisting traditional chemotherapies and eventually leading to death.

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Exhibition presents views on peace

Through Dec. 1, 2009 · Murray-Dodge Hall lobby

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.

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Production centers on encounter between Hughes and Lorca

Friday through Sunday, Jan. 9-11, 2009, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (3 p.m. Sunday) · Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.

An imagined encounter between famed Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes and Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca is the basis for "The Beat Is Sweet: Memory of a Broken Dream," a senior thesis production by Princeton's Lauren Whitehead being performed Friday through Sunday, Jan. 9-11, in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau St.

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