Archive – January, 2010
'Imagine' sustainability conference planned
Posted January 29, 2010; 05:07 p.m.
"Imagine," a conference focusing on current research in sustainable technology, policy, ethics and economics, is planned for 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Friend Center.
Zelizer to discuss book on national security
Posted January 29, 2010; 03:00 p.m.
Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton, will discuss his new book, "Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security -- From World War II to the War on Terrorism," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in 16 Robertson Hall.
Exhibition showcases first printed maps
Posted January 29, 2010; 02:53 p.m.
An exhibition titled "Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700" will open at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Milberg Gallery of Firestone Library.
'Other People's Houses' thesis production takes stage
Posted January 29, 2010; 02:48 p.m.
"Other People's Houses (and the Stuff Inside)," a senior creative thesis production written and directed by Shawn Fennell, will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, and Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 11-13, at the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists WuDunn, Kristof to speak
Posted January 29, 2010; 02:44 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof will discuss their new book on the oppression of women and girls in the developing world at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Panel to address crisis in Haiti
Posted January 29, 2010; 02:41 p.m.
The aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Haiti is the focus of a panel discussion titled "Crisis in Haiti: The Economic, Health and Stabilization Ramifications" to be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Seminar series explores the ethics of reading
Posted January 29, 2010; 02:29 p.m.
Close reading, such as carefully unpacking the import of words in a poem, is the backbone of literary study. A new seminar series allows Princeton community members to apply this practice to a range of texts in law and the humanities while exploring its ethical implications. Titled "The Ethics of Reading and the Cultures of Professionalism," the three-year seminar series is intended for scholars, students and local community members especially interested in the relation of the humanities to law and to professional training.
Professors to discuss book on structural artist Candela
Posted January 29, 2010; 02:11 p.m.
Princeton engineering professors David Billington and Maria Garlock will discuss their book on Spanish engineer and builder Félix Candela at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in 138 Lewis Library.
Deadline for Princeton Prize applications Jan. 31
Posted January 28, 2010; 03:16 p.m.
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations, an awards program for high school students who do outstanding work to advance the cause of race relations, is encouraging applications from students in grades 9 through 12 in 23 regions across the country for the 2009-10 school year. The deadline for applications is Sunday, Jan. 31.
Energy-harvesting rubber sheets could power pacemakers, mobile phones
Posted January 28, 2010; 01:27 p.m.
Power-generating rubber films developed by Princeton University engineers could harness natural body movements such as breathing and walking to power pacemakers, mobile phones and other electronic devices.
Shapiro brings scientific analysis to terrorism and counterterrorism research
Posted January 28, 2010; 12:29 p.m.
As a graduate student a few years ago, Jacob Shapiro worked with a colleague to get internal documents from al-Qaida released from a U.S. government database. The files didn't reveal national security secrets -- but they did portray the terrorist organization as a bureaucracy with plenty of red tape. This data- and document-driven approach exemplifies Shapiro's work on the organization of terrorist groups and counterterrorism.
New South to be renovated for inclusion of arts programs
Posted January 28, 2010; 10:40 a.m.
New South, the location of administrative offices over the past 40 years, will be renovated in 2010 to also become the home of some academic functions associated with the Lewis Center for the Arts.
Faculty Road closed; drivers should plan alternate route—UPDATED 4:20 p.m
Posted January 25, 2010; 11:29 a.m.
Faculty Road on campus between Elm Drive and FitzRandolph Road continues to be closed Monday, Jan. 25, because of fallen electrical wires. Vehicles leaving campus may exit via the Elm Drive circle off Faculty Road and travel west toward Alexander Street. Vehicles parked in Lot 21 should exit the lot via FitzRandolph Road.
Tilghman to speak at CPUC
Posted January 25, 2010; 11:19 a.m.
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. 8.
'Town hall meeting' planned on University's financial outlook
Posted January 25, 2010; 11:15 a.m.
A "town hall meeting," scheduled to provide an update on how economic conditions are affecting the University's budget, is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Exhibition features portraits of famed authors
Posted January 25, 2010; 10:20 a.m.
A new exhibition has filled Firestone Library's main gallery with 100 portraits of poets, novelists and essayists, pulled from the holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
Trustees approve low fee increase, boost financial aid despite budget challenges
Posted January 25, 2010; 10:00 a.m.
Princeton University trustees Jan. 23 approved one of the lowest percentage increases in undergraduate tuition and fees since 1966 -- 3.3 percent -- while also endorsing a 9.6 percent increase in the financial aid budget. The authorizations came as the University is in the midst of a two-year plan to reduce its operating budget by $170 million.
Inter-Action 2010 gives students hands-on experience with working for social change
Posted January 23, 2010; 10:00 a.m.
Approximately 130 Princeton University students will spend part of their intersession break on Jan. 24-27 volunteering with local community partners and developing skills that will help them become effective leaders for social change through a new program called Inter-Action 2010.
The 'sultan of slime': Biologist continues to be fascinated by organisms after nearly 70 years of study
Posted January 21, 2010; 10:55 a.m.
At age 89, Bonner, the George M. Moffett Professor Emeritus of Biology, is one of the world's leading experts on cellular slime molds, found in soils the world over. He has led the way in making "Dictyostelium discoideum" a model organism central to examining some of the major questions in experimental biology. Science magazine describes him as "the current patriarch of the slime mold community."
Video: John Bonner's slime mold movies
Posted January 20, 2010; 03:54 p.m.
Biology Professor Emeritus John Bonner's microscope films show the curiously collective nature of slime molds.
Princeton announces plans for new computing research center at Forrestal
Posted January 20, 2010; 09:00 a.m.
Princeton University plans to build a facility to house its high-performance computing research systems on the Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro about three miles north of the main campus.
Exhibit showcases photos from around the world
Posted January 19, 2010; 12:50 p.m.
An exhibition of photographs taken around the world by Princeton resident Rebecca Matlock will be on view Monday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 13, on the 100 level of the Frist Campus Center.
Stanley Kelley Jr., professor and architect of University governance transformation, dies
Posted January 19, 2010; 11:43 a.m.
Stanley Kelley Jr., a Princeton political scientist who left an indelible mark on the University after chairing a key committee on governance in the late 1960s, died Sunday, Jan. 17, in Princeton from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.
Ceremony evokes King's message of hope in wake of tragedy
Posted January 18, 2010; 05:11 p.m.
In the wake of last week's tragic earthquake in Haiti, Martin Luther King Jr.'s messages of hope and justice resonate powerfully amid the global response to aid the devastated nation, speakers told the audience at Princeton University's annual King Day ceremony Jan. 18.
Dickerson earns MLK Day Journey Award for roles as mentor, advocate
Posted January 18, 2010; 02:51 p.m.
Janet Dickerson, Princeton's vice president for campus life for the past 10 years, received the University's MLK Day Journey Award, which recognizes efforts to continue the journey to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for America.
Nobel laureate Chalfie to speak
Posted January 18, 2010; 12:03 p.m.
Martin Chalfie, chair and professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, will discuss the work that earned him a share of the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in McCosh 10.
Da Capo Chamber Players to perform
Posted January 15, 2010; 05:42 p.m.
The Da Capo Chamber Players will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.
Princeton sets applications record for sixth year in a row
Posted January 15, 2010; 03:45 p.m.
For the sixth consecutive year, Princeton University has set a record for students applying for admission, with 26,166 applications received for the class of 2014. The number of applicants for next year's freshman class represents a 19 percent increase over last year's record of 21,963 completed applications for the class of 2013.
University community responding to crisis in Haiti
Posted January 14, 2010; 06:21 p.m.
Following a Jan. 14 campus vigil in support of the people of Haiti and those who are suffering in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake, members of the University community are asking how they can help.
Berlo named director of Print and Mail Services
Posted January 14, 2010; 01:21 p.m.
Deborah Berlo has been selected for the newly created position of director of Print and Mail Services at Princeton University. Her appointment was effective Jan. 4.
Bogle invests in Princeton's future
Posted January 14, 2010; 01:14 p.m.
With the gift of a new dormitory in Princeton's Butler College, John (Jack) C. Bogle, a 1951 graduate of the University and the founder of the Vanguard Mutual Fund Group, has added his name to the campus vocabulary. Students now eat, sleep, study and socialize in Bogle Hall, and some even monitor sustainability experiments on its green roof.
Perspective on: Affirmative action and the racial achievement gap
Posted January 14, 2010; 10:16 a.m.
Thomas Espenshade, author of "No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life," discusses affirmative action and the racial achievement gap. He is a professor of sociology and faculty associate of the Office of Population Research.
Vigil for Haiti planned
Posted January 13, 2010; 06:13 p.m.
A nondenominational gathering in support of the people of Haiti and those who are suffering in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Princeton University Chapel.
Graves recognized for excellence in architecture education
Posted January 13, 2010; 02:32 p.m.
Michael Graves, Princeton's Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture Emeritus, has been named the recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. The medal, from the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to architectural education for a decade or more.
Designing a course, crafting a business
Posted January 13, 2010; 02:04 p.m.
Since childhood, junior Jason Baum has been aware of environmental issues, switching off lights when leaving a room and turning off the water while brushing his teeth. After a year of planning with the Program in Environmental Studies and lecturer and entrepreneur Gregory van der Vink, Baum was among the 22 students taking the seminar "Environmental Entrepreneurship" this past fall.
Additional H1N1 flu vaccines available at clinic
Posted January 12, 2010; 12:52 p.m.
University Health Services will hold a H1N1 flu vaccine clinic on Friday, Jan. 15, in Multipurpose Rooms A, B and C of the Frist Campus Center for all faculty, staff, students and dependents age 10 and older. This is the second H1N1 vaccine clinic open to all members of the campus community.
Triathlete Smyers to speak on overcoming challenges--POSTPONED
Posted January 11, 2010; 04:34 p.m.
This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later this spring.
Princeton alumna and decorated triathlete Karen Smyers will speak on "Pursuing One's Passion Through Setbacks and Challenges" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Sicily trip brings history to life
Posted January 11, 2010; 11:44 a.m.
You have to see it to understand it. That was the lesson a group of Princeton students learned when they visited Sicily over fall break to gain a firsthand appreciation of the ancient cultures of that Mediterranean island.
Planning begins for visiting faculty housing on Olden Street
Posted January 8, 2010; 09:00 a.m.
Princeton University officials are in the early stages of planning for a new facility to house visiting faculty members on the northwest corner of Olden and William streets in Princeton Borough.
Student work: Princeton Atelier
Posted January 7, 2010; 11:58 p.m.
Princeton Atelier will present staged readings of two new experimental works Jan. 8-9. The second reading, "F@#k Computers," combines original music, video and live performance.
Long way home: Best finds success in studying religious roots
Posted January 7, 2010; 09:36 a.m.
Trained as a historian and working in religion, Wallace Best fits the interdisciplinary nature of the Center for African American Studies. Since arriving at Princeton in 2007 from Harvard Divinity School, he has taught courses on spiritual narratives by black women, religions of the Americas and African American religious history, among others. He also has organized a lecture series on black gospel music. This semester he is teaching a course on the Nation of Islam and serving as the director of graduate studies in the religion department, as well as advising undergraduates. In addition, he is writing a book on the religious writings and thought of Langston Hughes.
'Gently used' clothing needed for annual drive
Posted January 6, 2010; 06:30 p.m.
The University is conducting its annual clothing drive Jan. 20-27 to benefit HomeFront's Suitably Dressed and the Mercer County Community College Career Training Institute, two organizations that collect "gently used" business attire for men and women.
Winter open house planned at museum
Posted January 6, 2010; 03:03 p.m.
The Princeton University Art Museum will host its winter open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.
Museum to host poetry reading
Posted January 6, 2010; 02:59 p.m.
The Princeton University Art Museum will host a reading of the poetry of William Stafford as part of the Department of English's annual celebration of the poet's birthday at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.
Leach, Petraeus to receive top alumni awards
Posted January 6, 2010; 02:38 p.m.
Princeton University will present its top honors for alumni to James Leach, a longtime U.S. congressman and current chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as commander of the U.S. Central Command.
Talk focuses on 'Yemen Crisis'
Posted January 5, 2010; 06:06 p.m.
Barbara Bodine, former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, and Gregory Johnsen, a Princeton graduate student and former Fulbright fellow in Yemen, will present a talk titled "The Yemen Crisis: Some Ground Truths" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Five undergraduates named Scholars in the Nation's Service
Posted January 5, 2010; 01:11 p.m.
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs has selected five students to be the 2010 undergraduate cohort of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI), a scholarship program designed to encourage and prepare exceptional students for careers in the U.S. government.
Flower, Hecht appointed college masters
Posted January 5, 2010; 12:40 p.m.
Harriet Flower, professor of classics, has been named master of Mathey College, and Michael Hecht, professor of chemistry, has been named master of Forbes College. Both will begin their four-year terms in the residential colleges on July 1, 2010.
H1N1 flu vaccine clinic open to all employees and students
Posted January 4, 2010; 04:38 p.m.
University Health Services will hold a H1N1 flu vaccine clinic on Friday, Jan. 8, in Multipurpose Rooms A and B of the Frist Campus Center for all faculty, staff, students and dependents age 10 and older. This is the first H1N1 vaccine clinic open to all members of the campus community.
Video: Laura Forese: Engineering after Princeton
Posted January 4, 2010; 04:12 p.m.
Laura Forese discusses how communicating openly at all levels helps her lead the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.
'Civic technologies' developed at Princeton shed light on government issues
Posted January 4, 2010; 01:33 p.m.
Edward Felten and Stephen Schultze use computers as flashlights. The Princeton computer scientists recently oversaw the launch of two Web-based technologies to illuminate the workings of government by making court records and the federal government's "newspaper," the Federal Register, easily accessible online.
Student work: TapCats' 'Velocity'
Posted January 4, 2010; 11:29 a.m.
Junior Amanda Van Duynhoven documents Princeton's tap dance troupe, TapCats. They will perform their annual show, "Velocity," in McCormick 101 from Jan. 7-9.