Archive – July, 2010
Levin awarded Margalef Prize
Posted July 29, 2010; 05:58 p.m.
The Generalitat of Catalonia has awarded Simon Levin, Princeton's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, the Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The award recognizes individuals worldwide who have distinguished themselves in the field of ecology.
PUPP alumni demonstrate program's success through 10 years
Posted July 29, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
One hundred and thirty-six students from Mercer County high schools who have graduated from the Princeton University Preparatory Program, an academic and cultural enrichment program celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer. Alumni of the program have gone on to more than 50 U.S. colleges and universities.
Princeton study links climate change, crop yields and cross-border migration
Posted July 26, 2010; 06:33 p.m.
Climate change is expected to cause mass human migration, including immigration across international borders, according to a new study by three Princeton University professors and researchers. The researchers -- all from the University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs -- examined the linkages between variations in climate, agricultural yields and people's migration responses.
Exhibition features rare maps and books on Pacific exploration
Posted July 26, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
An exhibition of historic maps and rare books, focusing on 250 years of Pacific Ocean exploration throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, will run through Sunday, Jan. 2, in Firestone Library's main gallery.
Video feature: 'Earth's Last Frontier: The Atmosphere'
Posted July 22, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
Princeton engineering professor Mark Zondlo and his team of researchers are mapping Earth's atmosphere from pole to pole in search of the most comprehensive picture yet of greenhouse gases and how they affect climate. The team is traveling in a superfast research aircraft that includes a new laser-based sensor invented by Zondlo's team to measure water vapor throughout the atmosphere.
Redundant genetic instructions in 'junk DNA' support healthy development
Posted July 22, 2010; 09:00 a.m.
Seemingly redundant portions of the fruit fly genome may not be so redundant after all. New findings from a Princeton-led team of researchers suggest that repeated instructional regions in the flies' DNA may contribute to normal development under less-than-ideal growth conditions by making sure that genes are turned on and off at the appropriate times. If similar regions are found in humans, they may hold important clues to understanding developmental disorders.
Computers intersect with sociology to sift through 'all our ideas'
Posted July 19, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
Sociologist Matthew Salganik has teamed up with Princeton computer scientists to develop a new way for organizations to solicit ideas from large groups of people and simultaneously have those same people vote on the merit of the ideas generated by the group. Called "All Our Ideas," the survey tool melds concepts from sociology and computer science to allow an organization to quickly set up a free website where large numbers of people can contribute and rank ideas. The system could help governments tap into public opinion and provide sociologists with a new research tool.
Exhibition features rare maps and books on Pacific exploration
Posted July 16, 2010; 09:36 a.m.
An exhibition of historic maps and rare books, focusing on 250 years of Pacific Ocean exploration throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, will run from Monday, July 19, through Sunday, Jan. 2, in Firestone Library's main gallery.
Museum hosts outdoor film series
Posted July 16, 2010; 09:32 a.m.
The Princeton University Art Museum will host its first summer outdoor film series, "The 1970s on Film," at 8 p.m. Thursdays from July 22 through Aug. 5 on the museum's front lawn. The series will feature screenings of "Chinatown" on July 22, "Jaws" on July 29 and "Shampoo" on Aug. 5.
Earth's last frontier: The atmosphere
Posted July 15, 2010; 04:57 p.m.
Mark Zondlo's team travels from pole to pole in a superfast research aircraft mapping Earth's atmosphere with a new laser-based sensor that measures water vapor. Read more.
Video feature: 'Dodgeball: Genesis of a Tradition'
Posted July 15, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
Thousands of Princeton students turned out for the sixth annual Princeton University Dodgeball Tournament in Dillon Gymnasium this April. Members of varsity and recreational athletic teams, residential colleges, eating clubs and other student organizations fielded teams for the tournament, making it one of the largest student events on campus since its founding.
Princeton scientists find unusual electrons that go with the flow
Posted July 14, 2010; 01:00 p.m.
On a quest to discover new states of matter, a team of Princeton University scientists has found that electrons on the surface of specific materials act like miniature superheroes, relentlessly dodging the cliff-like obstacles of imperfect microsurfaces, sometimes moving straight through barriers.
Socolow honored for environmental achievement
Posted July 13, 2010; 12:03 p.m.
Robert Socolow, a Princeton professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received the Keystone Award for Leadership in the Environment, which recognizes contributions to solving society's environmental problems.
Levin and Pacala to receive ecological research awards
Posted July 12, 2010; 04:27 p.m.
Two members of the Princeton University faculty have been recognized for major contributions to ecological research.
Norman Ryder, renowned demographer and leader in fertility studies, dies
Posted July 12, 2010; 01:30 p.m.
Norman Ryder, a professor emeritus of sociology at Princeton University who conducted pioneering studies of fertility in the United States, died of a brain hemorrhage June 30 at the University Medical Center at Princeton. He was 86.
Gubser looks to strings for answers, bringing the public along, too
Posted July 12, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
Steven Gubser, a Princeton professor of physics, is one of the world's leading experts in string theory, a dazzlingly complex and still controversial branch of modern theoretical physics. Gubser's cool, relaxed style and straightforward manner mask a fierce determination to make sense of the world and to bring along on his journey of discovery those who may not be privy to his knowledge.
Museum hosts kickoff for 'Starburst' exhibition
Posted July 9, 2010; 06:03 p.m.
Dodgeball: Genesis of a tradition
Posted July 9, 2010; 04:04 p.m.
Thousands of students turned out for the sixth annual Princeton University Dodgeball Tournament in Dillon Gymnasium this April. Read more.
Marvin Bressler, sociologist, education pioneer and mentor, dies
Posted July 9, 2010; 12:42 p.m.
Marvin Bressler, a sociologist specializing in higher education who helped shape undergraduate life at Princeton since the 1960s, died July 7 of complications of heart failure at the Stonebridge at Montgomery retirement community in Skillman, N.J. He was 87.
Video feature: Greening Princeton
Posted July 8, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
Jack Hutton, a member of the class of 2013, documented the "Greening Fashion" show that allowed students to explore their creative side through fashion and sustainability this past spring.
Video: Student work: 'Greening Princeton'
Posted July 8, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
Jack Hutton '13 documented the "Greening Fashion" show, in which student designers entered pieces made of objects that were reused or can be deemed sustainable. Read more.
Princeton's Annual Giving campaign raises $48.6 million
Posted July 7, 2010; 04:06 p.m.
Princeton University's 2009-10 Annual Giving campaign raised $48,582,819 -- the third highest total in its history -- with 60.8 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.
Project X innovation fund supports bold thinkers and 'tinkerers'
Posted July 6, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
Project X, a fund provided by Lynn Shostack in memory of her late husband David Gardner, a 1969 Princeton graduate, is intended to give faculty members in the engineering school the freedom to pursue hunches and unconventional ideas, even if those ideas are outside their direct expertise.
Gregor named Searle scholar
Posted July 2, 2010; 01:15 p.m.
Thomas Gregor, an assistant professor of physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton, has been named a 2010 Searle Scholar for his innovative research.
Katz receives Phi Beta Kappa’s Fellows Award
Posted July 2, 2010; 09:13 a.m.
Princeton legal scholar Stanley Katz has been honored with the 2010 Fellows Award by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The award recognizes "an individual who has demonstrated scholarly achievement and excellence in his or her chosen field and who, by work and life, has exemplified the goals and ideals of Phi Beta Kappa.
Video: Springtime in Princeton
Posted July 1, 2010; 12:06 p.m.
With graduates from the class of 2010 heading out into the world after their last spring at Princeton, this video looks back at campus during one of its most beautiful seasons. Read more.
'Inner Sanctum' exhibition illuminates Princeton's history
Posted July 1, 2010; 12:00 p.m.
An exhibition currently on display inside the Faculty Room at Nassau Hall is less about the works of art than it is about the art of the space. Running through Oct. 30, "Inner Sanctum: Memory and Meaning in Princeton's Faculty Room at Nassau Hall" is meant to showcase the room as the center of the University's history, while also reflecting American society's evolution.