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Archive – May, 2011

Tilghman calls on graduates to close the educational achievement gap

Calling education "our most powerful engine for social mobility," Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman implored this year's graduates to use their knowledge to improve the country's K-12 education system.

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Princeton University holds 264th Commencement

Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,202 undergraduates in the class of 2011, four from other classes and 815 graduate students at its 264th Commencement Tuesday, May 31.

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Princeton awards six honorary degrees

Princeton University awarded honorary degrees during Commencement exercises Tuesday, May 31, to six distinguished individuals for their contributions to athletics, human rights, clinical research, education, the humanities, the arts and the law: Henry "Hank" Aaron, baseball Hall-of-Famer; Geoffrey Canada, champion for children in Harlem; Susan Desmond-Hellmann, clinical researcher and chancellor of the University of California-San Francisco; Charles Gillispie, Princeton's Dayton Stockton Professor of History Emeritus; Judith Jamison, dancer and choreographer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and Princeton alumnus Robert Rawson Jr., legal expert and long-serving member of the University's Board of Trustees.

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Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching

Four Princeton faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, May 31. They are: Anne Case, the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs; Hendrik Hartog, the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty; Alexander Nehamas, the Edmund N. Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities and professor of philosophy and comparative literature; and Daniel Oppenheimer, associate professor of psychology and public affairs.

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2011 President's Commencement Address

2011 Commencement Address delivered by President Shirley M. Tilghman

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2011 Valedictory Oration

2011 Valedictory Oration delivered by John Pardon

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2011 Latin Salutatory Oration

2011 Latin Salutatory Oration delivered by Veronica Shi

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Class of 2011: 'Reflections on Princeton'

Members of the class of 2011 reflect on their Princeton experience.

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Seniors celebrate with laughs and honors at Class Day; Hooding held for Grad School

Members of the class of 2011 gathered on Princeton's Cannon Green to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers and share reflections on their Princeton experiences at the Class Day ceremony Monday, May 30.

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11 Notable events for Princeton's class of '11

The class of 2011 entered Princeton University as freshmen when George W. Bush was president and Apple recently had released a new gadget called the iPhone. Beyond Princeton's gates, much has happened in the United States and the world during the class' four years at Princeton.

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2011 Class Day Remarks

2011 Class Day remarks by Brooke Shields

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Students recognized for achievement and leadership at Class Day

Members of Princeton's class of 2011 gathered on Cannon Green Monday, May 30, to celebrate the conclusion of their undergraduate careers in a Class Day ceremony honoring their accomplishments and service.

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UPDATE 6:50 a.m.: Class Day, Hooding to be held outdoors

The Class Day ceremony for Princeton's graduating class of 2011 will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Monday, May 30, on Cannon Green, as originally scheduled. Also, The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Princeton Stadium, as originally scheduled.

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Bloomberg urges seniors to follow a path of service

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged Princeton University's graduating seniors May 29 to expand upon the accomplishments of their generation while serving those who need help most and while promoting freedom. "Always find time to give back to others," Bloomberg told the seniors assembled for Princeton's Baccalaureate ceremony. "It is the glue that binds us together as Americans -- and the fact that your generation is more active in service than any before it is an incredibly hopeful and encouraging sign for the future."

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Alumni return to campus for Reunions

Princeton alumni, family members and friends have arrived on the Princeton campus for Reunions activities, which run through Sunday, May 29. More than 20,000 attendees are expected to participate in Reunions events, which began Thursday, May 26.

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Princeton's class of 1976 gives dorm to Butler College

Princeton's class of 1976 is celebrating its 35th reunion by naming a dormitory in Butler College. Class of 1976 Hall is the fifth dorm to be named in the complex, whose reconstruction completed the University's launch of its four-year residential college system. The class of 1976 is dedicating the dorm during a private ceremony during Reunions, which takes place Thursday through Sunday, May 26-29, on campus.

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Graduate students honored for excellence in teaching

The Princeton Graduate School will present awards to six graduate students in recognition of their outstanding abilities as teachers.

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Student work: 'Intersession Tour 2011' by Princeton University Chapel Choir

Princeton University Chapel Choir traveled to Prague, Vienna and Budapest for their 2011 intersession tour. 

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Sounds of Princeton arch sings

For 70 years the sounds of Princeton's a cappella groups have been echoing in arches across campus. At this year's Reunions scheduled appearances are planned at 1879 Arch  for Thursday, May 26, (Koleinu at 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, May 27, (Wildcats at 9:30 p.m.; Tigerlillies at 10 p.m.; Roaring 20 at 11 p.m.; Nassoons at midnight).

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Two to receive Phi Beta Kappa teaching awards

The Princeton chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will honor William Bialek, the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, and Jeff Nunokawa, professor of English, with its annual awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

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Princeton honors exceptional secondary school teachers

Princeton University will honor four exceptional New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2011 Commencement on Tuesday, May 31. This year's honorees are Kathleen Chesmel, New Egypt High School, New Egypt; Robert Downes, Mountain Lakes High School, Mountain Lakes; Rachel Grygiel, Hoboken High School, Hoboken; and Donata Nicholas, East Orange Campus High School, East Orange.

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Video feature: Reunions bring back Princeton alumni through the ages

Princeton alumni have returned to campus to celebrate Commencement festivities and reunite with friends since the earliest days of the institution in the 1700s, when it was still known as the College of New Jersey. Beginning as informal gatherings of alumni, faculty and guest speakers, a milestone was reached at Princeton's 100th Commencement in 1847 that drew 700 graduates. Today, more than 20,000 alumni, family and friends participate in this annual gathering, known as Reunions.

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Reunions bring back Princeton alumni through the ages

Princeton alumni have returned to campus to celebrate Commencement festivities and reunite with friends since the earliest days of the institution in the 1700s, when it was still known as the College of New Jersey. Beginning as informal gatherings of alumni, faculty and guest speakers, a milestone was reached at Princeton's 100th Commencement in 1847 that drew 700 graduates. Today, more than 20,000 alumni, family and friends participate in this annual gathering, known as Reunions.

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Princeton University Players present 'Last Five Years'

Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28, 2011, 8 p.m. · Frist Campus Center theater

The Princeton University Players, a student-run musical theater group, will perform "The Last Five Years," written by Jason Robert Brown, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28, at the Frist Campus Center theater.

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Salutatorian brings Latin to life as 'something really beautiful'

Veronica Shi's success as a classics major led to her being named salutatorian for Princeton's class of 2011. She will continue the Princeton tradition of delivering a speech in Latin at Commencement on Tuesday, May 31.

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Pardon breaks new ground on path to becoming valedictorian

John Pardon's intellectual curiosity and scholarly accomplishments have carried him to the top of Princeton's class of 2011 as its valedictorian. Pardon, a mathematics major from Chapel Hill, N.C., will deliver the valedictory address at the University's Commencement ceremony Tuesday, May 31.

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Christie: New Jersey must sustain fiscal discipline

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in an address at Princeton University on Friday, May 20, championed the need for continued fiscal discipline and tough leadership choices in order to bring the state back to strong financial footing.

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Four professors honored for excellence in mentoring graduate students

Four Princeton faculty members have been named the recipients of Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and will be honored during the Graduate School's hooding ceremony on Monday, May 30, at Princeton Stadium.

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Commencement events set for May 29-31

Sunday through Tuesday, May 29-31, 2011, various times · Various locations

Several University activities for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and their families are planned for Sunday through Tuesday, May 29-31.

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Princeton teams earn record 15 Ivy League titles in single year

When the Princeton women's open rowing first varsity eight boat put open water between itself and the rest of its competition at the Eastern Sprints on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., on Sunday, May 15, the result was about more than making up for last year's disappointment in the same race. The victory marked the 15th Ivy League championship for Princeton in the 2010-11 academic year, one more than the previous record that Princeton shared with Harvard.

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Class snapshot: 'Communicating Climate Change'

In the class "Communicating Climate Change," Princeton undergraduates learn how to use multimedia to describe the climate change problem and its possible consequences to the public in ways that are simple and clear, as well as scientifically rigorous. The course is taught by Heidi Cullen, a visiting lecturer in geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), and Michael Lemonick, a visiting lecturer in astrophysical sciences, freshman seminars and PEI.

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Princeton institute to support new project on politics of global climate change

A proposal from an interdisciplinary group of Princeton faculty has been selected by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) executive committee to become the first PIIRS research community to receive funding under an initiative announced earlier this year. The research community, "Communicating Uncertainty: Science, Institutions and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change," is composed of 16 faculty members representing nine departments and three programs or projects and is poised to establish Princeton University as a leader in this developing field.

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FACULTY AWARD: Four elected to American Philosophical Society

Four Princeton faculty members have been elected to the American Philosophical Society. They were among 37 humanists, scientists, social scientists and leaders in civic and cultural affairs selected this year for their extraordinary intellectual accomplishments and leadership. Among those elected this April are the following Princeton faculty members: Natalie Davis, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Emeritus; Carol Greenhouse, chair of the Department of Anthropology and a professor of anthropology; Paul Krugman, a professor of economics and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs in the Wilson School.

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Memorial concert for Milton Babbitt planned

Sunday, June 5, 2011, 2 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

memorial concert celebrating the life of Milton Babbitt, a famed composer and Princeton University music professor who died Jan. 29, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. 

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Princeton University Commencement to be held May 31

Members of the news media who wish to attend any of Princeton University's 2011 graduation ceremonies Sunday through Tuesday, May 29-31, must contact the University's Office of Communications no later than 12 p.m. Monday, May 23, to request credentials.

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New Global Collaborative Networks Fund projects selected

Princeton University's Council for International Teaching and Research has selected two faculty proposals -- one focused on hydrology and food security, and another on analytic philosophy -- to receive funding for the creation of new global research initiatives.

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Featured video: 'Social Issue Filmmaking'

This spring Princeton students got hands-on production experience in 'Social Issue Filmmaking.'

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Video feature: 'Social Issue Filmmaking at Princeton University'

This spring Princeton students got hands-on filmmaking experience with Emily Abt, a lecturer in the University Center for Human Values, and her course, "Social Issue Filmmaking." This video feature about the course includes excerpts from three students' original work.

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Ralph Lerner, former architecture school dean, dies at 61

Ralph Lerner, a longtime faculty member and former dean of Princeton's School of Architecture, died of brain cancer May 7 in Princeton. He was 61.

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Former ambassador Kurtzer to provide insights on Egypt

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel and Princeton's S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle East Policy Studies, will provide a firsthand account of Egypt's ongoing unrest based on a recent trip to the region at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Perspective on: The future of fusion

Stewart Prager, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, discusses the lab's new initiatives and the challenges involved in the effort to create fusion energy.

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Agawu and Feeney receive Behrman Award

Professors Kofi Agawu and Denis Feeney have received Princeton's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.

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Purchasing textbooks to be streamlined, more economical for Princeton students

Princeton University will introduce a new software tool on Blackboard this fall intended to enable students to more easily purchase textbooks, and will implement a pilot discount program for students who buy their coursebooks through Labyrinth Books, the University's bookstore. 

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Alumni to return to campus for Reunions

Thursday through Sunday, May 26-29, 2011, various times · Various locations

More than 20,000 Princeton alumni, family members and friends are expected on campus Thursday through Sunday, May 26-29, for Reunions activities.

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Report: Direct removal of carbon dioxide from air likely not viable

Technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are unlikely to offer an economically feasible way to slow human-driven climate change for several decades, according to a report issued by the American Physical Society and led by Princeton engineer Robert Socolow. The report "Direct Air Capture of CO2 with Chemicals," was issued by a committee of 13 experts co-chaired by Socolow and Michael Desmond, a chemist at BP.

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Colors of campus come into focus in spring

The landscape of Princeton’s campus always has been a defining element of its identity and experience. Beginning with the enclosure of the "front campus" between Nassau Hall and Nassau Street in 1756, the relationship between the architecture and the landscape has created a feeling of an intimate academy unique to this setting, with myriad pathways and courtyards. There are places to congregate, to meditate and to appreciate nature; there are places where one can simply escape from the noise of daily life.

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Mbugua appointed University spokesperson

Martin Mbugua, who has more than 17 years of experience in journalism and higher education communications, has been named University spokesperson at Princeton.

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Students gain access to high-level policymakers, leaders

Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs launched its "Leadership and Governance" program in 2009. Each academic year the program brings four to six prominent public policy practitioners to the Wilson School for up to three days, during which the visitor delivers a public lecture, meets informally with individuals or small groups of students and participates in various classroom discussions.

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NJ Gov. Christie to speak May 20 at Princeton University

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver a policy address at 5:45 p.m. Friday, May 20, in McCosh Hall, Room 50, on the Princeton University campus. The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. The address is sponsored by Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Center for Economic Policy Studies.

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NJ Gov. Christie to deliver policy address

Friday, May 20, 2011, 5:45 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver a policy address at 5:45 p.m. Friday, May 20, in McCosh Hall, Room 50, on the Princeton University campus. The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. The address is sponsored by Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Center for Economic Policy Studies.

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Student work: 'BodyHype 2011 Spring show'

The BodyHype student dance troupe presents its 2011 Spring show May 5, 6 and 7 in the Hamilton Murray Theater in Murray-Dodge Hall.

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Panel to discuss foreign policy implications of bin Laden's death

Monday, May 9, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Princeton scholars in politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will participate in a panel discussion titled "After bin Laden: The Implications on Foreign Relations and Policy" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Graduate School applications continue to rise--UPDATE

Princeton University's Graduate School admitted 1,197 of the 11,689 applicants who applied for the 2011-12 academic year, with strong interest from international students, the school's global reputation and its robust financial aid program contributing to a continued increase in applications.

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FACULTY AWARDS: Four elected to National Academy of Sciences

Four Princeton faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year. They are David Gabai, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Mathematics; Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; Loren Pfeiffer, senior research scholar in electrical engineering; and H. Vincent Poor, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering. The inductees are among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates chosen in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. They will be inducted into the academy next April.

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Video feature: 'Princeton University Chapel Choir'

The Princeton University Chapel Choir's recent tour of Europe started with a truly high-flying performance. This video feature follows the adventures of the Chapel Choir during its Jan. 22-30 intersession tour of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Within the first few hours of the trip, members of the choir performed for the passengers and crew on their British Airways flight, as the aisles of the Boeing 777 were packed with people listening to the choir's rendition of James Lucas' "Bright Morning Stars."

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Law, liberty and virtue are focus of conference

Monday through Tuesday, May 16-17, 2011, various times · Lewis Library, Room 120

A two-day conference on "Law, Liberty and Virtue" will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, and 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in Lewis Library, Room 120.

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Bin Laden's death is subject of panel discussion

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Princeton's Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and a professor of politics, will moderate a panel discussion titled "The Killing of Bin Laden: What Does It Mean for America and the World?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Dale winner turns fieldwork into fiction

Over the next year, senior Lisa Tom will combine her two academic passions at Princeton -- anthropology and creative writing -- by transforming fieldwork into fiction. As the 2011 winner of Princeton's Martin Dale Fellowship, she will immerse herself in the community of Chinese Americans living in her native Baltimore to write a collection of short stories or a novel about that immigrant community.

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Advisory: Princeton faculty experts on Osama bin Laden's death

The Princeton University faculty below may be resources for news media seeking expertise on issues related to terrorism, the Middle East and national security following the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. military forces in Pakistan on May 1, 2011, according to a White House announcement.

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Working group recommends changes to enhance social and residential life

While Princeton University undergraduates express high levels of satisfaction with social and residential life, a working group of students, faculty and staff is recommending several changes to enhance this essential element of the campus experience.

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