Archive – July, 2009
Discovering the secret gardens of Princeton
Posted July 31, 2009; 05:16 p.m.
In summertime Princeton's campus thrives with fragrant, colorful flowers, verdant stretches of lawn and lush, leafy trees. Tucked away in lesser-traveled areas of the campus are some little-known gardens where the foliage is blossoming and the benches often are empty. All are open to the public.
Whether Sioux Falls or Sant'Angelo, love of science is bond
Posted July 30, 2009; 05:14 p.m.
They come from two different parts of the world, more than 5,000 miles apart. Yet, working on a challenge to identify a gas through its basic characteristics, two groups of students from South Dakota and a central region of Italy joined forces on a rainy summer afternoon in Princeton's McDonnell Hall to ferret out the answer.
Rigolot to be honored by Renaissance Society
Posted July 28, 2009; 06:03 p.m.
Francois Rigolot, Princeton's Meredith Howland Pyne Professor of French Literature, will receive the 2011 Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Renaissance Society of America.
Normal activities resume at Princeton after morning incident; posted Monday, July 27, 9:52 a.m.
Posted July 27, 2009; 09:52 a.m.
Princeton University's Department of Public Safety has confirmed that there is no threat to the campus following an investigation that ended with the determination that an individual was walking on campus with a toy gun. After first notifying the campus earlier in the morning of an unconfirmed report of a possible weapon on campus, the University at 8:34 a.m. posted an "all clear" message to its home page, followed by a message sent to the campus by Public Safety.
ALL CLEAR: SITUATION RESOLVED AND NORMAL ACTIVITIES MAY RESUME, POSTED 8:34 A.M.
Posted July 27, 2009; 08:35 a.m.
Public Safety at 8:34 a.m. has confirmed that there is no threat. Public Safety has issued an all clear, and members of the campus community can resume their normal activities. A toy water gun that resembled a real weapon was identified in relation to the previous unconfirmed report of a possible student-age male with a weapon. Check e-mail and/or the University's home page for further information and updates as more information becomes available.
EMERGENCY-- Possible weapon on campus. Stay inside.
Posted July 27, 2009; 08:24 a.m.
There is a report of a student with a possible weapon on Princeton's campus near McCosh Hall. Stay inside and do not go outside to travel to another building. Close and lock the doors and windows. Princeton's Department of Public Safety and Princeton Borough police are investigating. Public Safety will issue more instructions as information becomes available.
Video: Student work: 'No Time for Comedy'
Posted July 24, 2009; 04:14 p.m.
Princeton Summer Theater will perform S.N. Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" through Aug. 2 at the Hamilton Murray Theater as part of a series of student productions.
Summer academy energizes future scientists
Posted July 24, 2009; 03:36 p.m.
As she surveyed two arrays of solar panels on an upper deck of Princeton's Engineering Quadrangle one recent morning, 12-year-old Olivia honed her skills of skeptical inquiry by peppering her tour guide with questions. A seventh-grader at Grice Middle School in Hamilton, she was among 11 students from Princeton-area middle schools who toured the solar facility as part of a pilot outreach program of the Princeton University Materials Academy.
Video: Engineers Without Borders
Posted July 23, 2009; 03:12 p.m.
Princeton’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to Kumudo, Ethiopia, to collaborate with villagers in building a human-powered irrigation system.
Enhanced login security profile for Princeton systems required by Sept. 15
Posted July 23, 2009; 09:00 a.m.
A new login procedure for accessing online information intended to better protect personal identity and Princeton's confidential data is being implemented by the Office of Information Technology (OIT).
On trip to India, students explore religious pluralism
Posted July 22, 2009; 03:44 p.m.
Princeton student Jahnabi Barooah has lived in India all her life, but a trip there this summer to explore interreligious understanding with 21 fellow students allowed her to see her country in a new way. Barooah and the other students are members of Princeton's Religious Life Council, a fellowship of undergraduates of various religions who are committed to fostering conversation among members of all religious faiths at Princeton and beyond.
Princeton faculty, staff win CASE awards
Posted July 22, 2009; 09:55 a.m.
Members of the University faculty and staff have won four national awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for academic work and publications.
'Archetype' exhibition runs through Sept. 8
Posted July 20, 2009; 12:47 p.m.
"Archetype," an exhibition of paintings by New Jersey artist Ahni Kruger, will be on view through Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Program in the Study of Women and Gender Lounge, 113 Dickinson Hall.
Theater workshop fuels children's creativity
Posted July 20, 2009; 11:01 a.m.
The imaginations of 11 children briefly transformed the lawn in front of Murray-Dodge Hall one recent Friday afternoon into a 1970s New York City disco. No props or costumes were necessary to convey the flashing lights, thumping music or crowds of dancers -- just the creative minds of the 7- to 12-year-olds attending the Princeton Summer Theater (PST) children's workshop on playwriting.
Super tiny technology could power superfast airplanes
Posted July 17, 2009; 12:26 p.m.
Supersonic aircraft may get a boost in speed from the tiniest of manmade particles. An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers has been awarded a $3 million grant to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles known as nanocatalysts can help supersonic jets fly faster and make diesel engines cleaner and more efficient.
Biofuels 'done right' can curb greenhouse gas emissions and provide other benefits
Posted July 16, 2009; 04:08 p.m.
Biofuels derived from renewable sources can be produced in large quantities and address many problems related to fossil fuels, including greenhouse gas emissions, but only if they are made from certain sources, according to a new article by a team of scientists and policy experts that included several Princeton researchers.
Task force report highlights changing nature of government service
Posted July 16, 2009; 10:51 a.m.
A task force convened by Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to examine the changing nature of government service has issued a report finding that the federal hiring and personnel system is broken to the point of crisis and recommending that government and academic leaders work together to develop future public servants who will require new skills in the 21st century.
Cultural explorations aid learning process for aspiring policymakers
Posted July 15, 2009; 04:40 p.m.
For 10 minutes in a classroom earlier this month at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the only sound that could be heard was the light shuffle of playing cards and the slap of the cards hitting the table, flicked by aggressive fingers. The 35 rising college seniors from the United States and several other countries participating in a workshop titled "Intercultural Dimensions of Policymaking" were to learn how playing a card game in complete silence would teach them a lesson about cultural differences.
Three Princeton scientists receive Presidential Award
Posted July 14, 2009; 03:57 p.m.
U.S. President Barack Obama has named three Princeton scientists as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Müller elected as a Royal Historical Society fellow
Posted July 13, 2009; 05:14 p.m.
Jan-Werner Müller, an associate professor of politics at Princeton, has been elected a fellow of Britain's Royal Historical Society.
Prokofiev's 'Music for Athletes' premieres at Princeton
Posted July 10, 2009; 05:38 p.m.
A world premiere production of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's "Music for Athletes," recently restored by Princeton music scholar Simon Morrison, will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Shaevitz named as Pew Scholar
Posted July 10, 2009; 02:53 p.m.
Joshua Shaevitz, an assistant professor of physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton, has been named a Pew Scholar for demonstrating excellence and innovation in his research.
Stewart receives Academy Award in Literature
Posted July 9, 2009; 02:39 p.m.
Susan Stewart, Princeton's Annan Professor of English, has been given an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, bestowed annually to honor exceptional accomplishment in any genre.
Summer learning extends to playing fields
Posted July 9, 2009; 02:32 p.m.
The University's summer educational outreach programs are not confined to classrooms and laboratories. Thousands of young athletes come to campus each summer to learn the finer points of 17 different sports, taught by Princeton's varsity coaches and student-athletes.
Chen earns Fulbright to study in England
Posted July 8, 2009; 05:40 p.m.
Andy Chen, a member of Princeton's class of 2009, has received a Fulbright award to study at the Royal College of Art in England.
Annual Giving campaign raises $44.6 million
Posted July 7, 2009; 02:41 p.m.
The 2008-09 Annual Giving campaign raised $44,597,633 -- the third highest total in Princeton's history -- with 57.7 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength and breadth across all of Princeton's constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents and friends.
Former Bush chief of staff Bolten to join Wilson School faculty
Posted July 7, 2009; 11:02 a.m.
Joshua Bolten, a White House chief of staff to President George W. Bush and a 1976 graduate of Princeton, will join the faculty of the University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for the 2009-10 academic year.
New Princeton method may help allocate carbon emissions responsibility among nations
Posted July 6, 2009; 05:00 p.m.
Just months before world leaders are scheduled to meet to devise a new international treaty on climate change, a research team led by Princeton University scientists has developed a new way of dividing responsibility for carbon emissions among countries.
Men's lightweight crew caps perfect season with Henley crown
Posted July 6, 2009; 04:03 p.m.
The exclamation point on a perfect season of rowing came Sunday for the Princeton men's lightweight crew, which capped a season of Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges, Ivy League and national championships by winning the 2009 Temple Challenge Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta.
'Accidental Tourist' exhibition provides views of postwar Japan
Posted July 6, 2009; 03:21 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.
Video: Engineering a difference
Posted July 6, 2009; 03:14 p.m.
Engineering professor Winston (Wolé) Soboyejo discusses his camel solar refrigerator project, which may improve vaccine delivery in remote areas of Kenya and Ethiopia.
Rodriguez-Iturbe to receive Bowie Medal
Posted July 2, 2009; 02:46 p.m.
Princeton's Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will receive the 2009 William Bowie Medal, the highest honor awarded by the American Geophysical Union.
Homeward bound: Princeton engineers promote science in their native countries
Posted July 2, 2009; 12:31 p.m.
The stories that Edgar Choueiri and Winston Soboyejo tell of their native countries and of their own careers are strangely similar. These two Princeton engineering professors came from societies where science blossomed for a time and then atrophied. Both left their native countries to earn their scientific credentials. And now both men find themselves drawn home again to give something back to the societies where they were first inspired.
Weinan E to receive Kleinman Prize for mathematics
Posted July 1, 2009; 04:09 p.m.
Weinan E, a professor of mathematics and applied and computational mathematics at Princeton, has been selected by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) to receive the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize for his work connecting mathematics with applications outside the field.
Sherrerd Hall Construction Time-lapse
Posted July 1, 2009; 03:21 p.m.
A time-lapse video produced by members of the Department of Computer Science compresses 29 months of construction into four minutes.