Archive – June, 2009
Africa up close: Widner, students conduct firsthand studies of Africa’s civil institutions
Posted June 29, 2009; 04:47 p.m.
Jennifer Widner, a professor of politics and international affairs, has immersed herself and her students in African life through innovative programs that gather and analyze crucial information about building and operating institutions. Through these projects -- and in her teaching and scholarship -- Widner strives to see Africa up close, through the eyes of its own people.
Research offers new insights, and a new angle, on high-temperature superconductivity
Posted June 29, 2009; 02:18 p.m.
A Princeton-led research team has revealed surprising information about how electron behavior influences the conduction of electricity in a class of high-temperature superconductors. An increased understanding of this mechanism could one day transform a number of technologies, including the transmission of electrical power.
Students selected for inaugural Bridge Year Program
Posted June 29, 2009; 09:00 a.m.
Twenty Princeton students will defer the start of their freshman year at Princeton this fall to spend a tuition-free enrichment period abroad focused on public service as the first participants in the University's Bridge Year Program.
Repeat of 'town hall meeting' scheduled
Posted June 25, 2009; 01:12 p.m.
UPDATE: This meeting has been moved to McCosh 50, which is both air conditioned and larger than McCosh 10. A repeat session of the "town hall meeting" that took place on June 25 has been set for 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 29, in McCosh 50. The session is open to all members of the campus community.
Forever young: Murphy's worm studies may lead to new treatments to stop aging
Posted June 24, 2009; 09:36 p.m.
Coleen Murphy is no daydreamer. Yet, this practical-minded biologist possesses the boldest of visions, one she insists is rooted in solid science. It may be technologically possible, she believes, to someday stall aging sufficiently so that people can live in their adult prime bodies until they die.
Socolow to receive Frank Kreith Energy Award
Posted June 24, 2009; 09:27 p.m.
Robert Socolow, a Princeton professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Frank Kreith Energy Award for his pioneering contributions in energy research.
Blinder named fellow of American Academy of Political and Social Science
Posted June 24, 2009; 09:24 p.m.
Princeton faculty member Alan Blinder has been inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Science as the 2009 John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow.
Brinkman confirmed as director of DOE's Office of Science
Posted June 23, 2009; 11:57 a.m.
William Brinkman, a senior research physicist in the Department of Physics at Princeton University, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as director of the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy.
'Accidental Tourist' exhibition runs through Sept. 30
Posted June 22, 2009; 12:18 p.m.
Photographs taken by Princeton alumnus Egbert Giles Leigh in post-World War II Japan are the focus of an exhibition on view through Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the first-floor lounge of McCormick Hall.
Two faculty members named to Royal Society
Posted June 22, 2009; 12:05 p.m.
Two members of the Princeton faculty have been named members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a learned society based in the United Kingdom.
Atiq wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Posted June 22, 2009; 12:00 p.m.
Emad Atiq, a member of Princeton's class of 2009, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which gives outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom an opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge.
Streicker Bridge begins to rise amid summer construction
Posted June 22, 2009; 09:18 a.m.
The framework of the new pedestrian bridge spanning Washington Road will emerge as part of a series of summer construction projects that also includes continued progress on the new Chemistry Building and the completion of the Butler College renovation.
Noted Princeton husband-and-wife team wins Kyoto Prize
Posted June 19, 2009; 03:00 a.m.
Princeton University's Peter and Rosemary Grant, whose legendary explorations on the bleak Galapagos island of Daphne Major over nearly four decades have produced an array of dazzling insights into evolutionary theory, have been named recipients of the Kyoto Prize.
Summer theater season runs through Aug. 16
Posted June 18, 2009; 08:53 a.m.
Princeton Summer Theater will open its 2009 season on Thursday, June 18, with a production of "Urinetown," the Tony Award-winning satirical comedy about greed, corruption, love and revolution.
Clay brings community-building zeal to Princeton and abroad
Posted June 15, 2009; 11:11 a.m.
Makeba Clay's mission as director of the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding is to foster an inclusive environment for campus community members from all backgrounds. Her community-building efforts, however, extend far beyond the center's confines.
Paxson named Woodrow Wilson School dean
Posted June 15, 2009; 11:00 a.m.
Christina Paxson, a Princeton faculty member since 1986 who is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and chair of the Department of Economics, has been selected as dean of the University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her appointment is effective July 1.
Student work: Chabad House
Posted June 12, 2009; 05:07 p.m.
Casey Ford Alexander, class of 2010, profiles a Torah dedication at Chabad House, which offers campus community members opportunities to learn about Hasidic Jewish thought.
Outreach programs encourage summer learning at Princeton
Posted June 12, 2009; 12:03 p.m.
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 American constitutional history to modern molecular biology and genetics.
Labouisse winner to study malaria in Thailand
Posted June 11, 2009; 09:00 a.m.
Princeton senior Joyce Hwang has been awarded the University's Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize, which will allow her to study drug-resistant malaria in Thailand.
Carillon concerts planned through Sept. 6
Posted June 10, 2009; 06:46 p.m.
The University's 17th annual Summer Carillon Series, featuring carillonneurs from the United States, the Netherlands and Australia, will be held at 1 p.m. each Sunday from June 28 through Sept. 6 at Cleveland Tower on the Graduate College campus.
Summer performances offered at Richardson
Posted June 10, 2009; 06:32 p.m.
Princeton University Summer Concerts will present four performances this summer starting at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
New website to help translate genetic data into medical therapies
Posted June 10, 2009; 05:20 p.m.
Princeton researchers have created a Rosetta Stone for the human body, a website that offers clues to the role DNA plays in aging and disease by helping scientists make sense of the vast jumble of information emerging from genetics research.
Commencement Week 2009 slideshow
Posted June 10, 2009; 04:24 p.m.
Photographs from selected graduation ceremonies.
Frist hosts summer concert series
Posted June 10, 2009; 03:00 p.m.
The Frist Campus Center will present six concerts this summer at 4:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays on its south lawn.
Six named to Board of Trustees
Posted June 9, 2009; 01:46 p.m.
Princeton University has named six new members of its Board of Trustees.
'Town hall meeting' planned on financial outlook
Posted June 8, 2009; 06:14 p.m.
The second in a series of "town hall meetings," scheduled to provide a financial overview of the University and a look at how present economic conditions will affect the next fiscal year and beyond, is set for 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25, in McCosh 10.
Taking a deeper look at how people relate to each other
Posted June 7, 2009; 03:21 p.m.
The psychological underpinnings of how different people relate to one another are important factors in better understanding major societal issues, ranging from race relations to international diplomacy. Two faculty members in the Department of Psychology, Stacey Sinclair and Emily Pronin, are conducting research that has advanced knowledge of how people react to and interact with others.
Victor Bruce, expert in biological clocks, dies at 88
Posted June 5, 2009; 01:21 p.m.
Victor Bruce, a lecturer emeritus in biology at Princeton who conducted advanced studies for more than 25 years on the built-in cycles governing natural rhythms like the sleep-wake cycle, has died. He was 88.
Obama taps Woodrow Wilson School's Leach '64 to lead NEH
Posted June 4, 2009; 03:00 p.m.
NOTE: Leach's appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 7. President Barack Obama has announced that he intends to nominate Jim Leach, a 1964 Princeton alumnus and current faculty member in the University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, to chair the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Video: Words of wisdom from Commencement
Posted June 3, 2009; 03:18 p.m.
President Tilghman, the valedictorian and the President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching recipients share words of wisdom with the graduating class.
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION -- ALL CLEAR -- Updated 12:10 p.m.
Posted June 3, 2009; 11:34 a.m.
At 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, Princeton University's Department of Public Safety issued an all clear, and has reported there was no gunman on campus.
Posted June 3, 2009; 11:07 a.m.
Shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, a male with what appeared to be a handgun was reported near the vicinity of Dod Hall dormitory. Princeton University's Department of Public of Safety and Princeton Borough and Township police are investigating.
Cases of H1N1 (swine) flu confirmed on campus, hygienic vigilance urged
Posted June 2, 2009; 02:59 p.m.
The campus community has been notified that Princeton University and state health officials have confirmed that three Princeton graduate students and one adult graduate dependent have tested positive for H1N1 (swine) influenza. University Health Services (UHS) is urging members of the campus community to be aggressive in their vigilance of hygienic practices.
Tilghman tells grads to solve problems -- and seek meaning
Posted June 2, 2009; 02:05 p.m.
With today's Princeton graduates stepping out of FitzRandolph Gates and into the nation's economic downturn, President Shirley M. Tilghman implored them to use their education to solve some of the world's most challenging problems. In her annual Commencement address June 2, she also encouraged them to be seekers of purpose and meaning through engagement with the arts.
Princeton University holds 262nd Commencement
Posted June 2, 2009; 01:39 p.m.
Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,128 undergraduates and 753 graduate students at its 262nd Commencement Tuesday, June 2.
Princeton awards five honorary degrees
Posted June 2, 2009; 01:33 p.m.
Princeton University awarded honorary degrees during Commencement exercises June 2 to five distinguished individuals for their contributions to civic engagement, performing arts, engineering and sustainability. Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman awarded degrees to Ernesto Cortés Jr., an influential community organizer; Ruby Dee Davis, a renowned actor and civil rights activist; Irvin Glassman, a leading figure in combustion and energy research and Princeton's Robert H. Goddard Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Meryl Streep, an Academy Award-winning actor and advocate for women's rights; and Alice Waters, a celebrated chef and proponent of sustainable cuisine.
Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching
Posted June 2, 2009; 01:29 p.m.
Four Princeton faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies June 2. They are: Mitchell Duneier, professor of sociology; Eddie Glaude, the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies; Sharad Malik, the George Van Ness Lothrop Professor in Engineering and director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education; and Valerie Smith, the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature and director of the Center for African American Studies.
2009 President's Commencement Remarks
Posted June 2, 2009; 01:23 p.m.
2009 Commencement Remarks delivered by President Shirley M. Tilghman.
2009 Valedictory Oration
Posted June 2, 2009; 01:09 p.m.
2009 Valedictory Oration delivered by Holger Staude.
2009 Latin Salutatory Oration
Posted June 2, 2009; 01:06 p.m.
2009 Latin Salutatory Oration delivered by Stephen Hammer.
Seniors celebrate four years of learning and laughter at Class Day
Posted June 1, 2009; 03:27 p.m.
On the sun-dappled Cannon Green behind Nassau Hall, the members of Princeton's class of 2009 gathered to recognize their accomplishments and share some laughs at Princeton's Class Day ceremony Monday, June 1.
Students recognized for service and achievement at Class Day
Posted June 1, 2009; 02:19 p.m.
Members of Princeton's class of 2009 gathered on Cannon Green Monday, June 1, to celebrate the conclusion of their undergraduate careers in a Class Day ceremony honoring their service and accomplishments.