Archive – June, 2011
Engineers work to ease Internet data flow as demand for video grows
Posted June 30, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
Demand continues to soar for movies, television shows, amateur videos, and video calls delivered via the Internet and mobile networks. Over the past few years, Princeton electrical engineer Mung Chiang and his team have methodically pieced together a replica of the global Internet and mobile networks to develop new ideas and systems that will help ensure that the networking infrastructure of the future will meet consumer demand.
Princeton researchers solve problem filling space -- without cubes
Posted June 27, 2011; 03:42 p.m.
Princeton University chemist Salvatore Torquato and colleagues have solved a conundrum that has baffled mathematical minds since ancient times -- how to fill three-dimensional space with multi-sided objects other than cubes without having any gaps. The discovery could lead to scientists finding new materials and could lead to advances in communications systems and computer security.
Summer Theater offers fairy tales, comedies and drama
Posted June 27, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
In a production that interlaces the stories of "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Rapunzel," Princeton Summer Theater opens its 2011 season with a production of "Into the Woods." The play is a Tony Award-winning mélange of fairy tales that explores themes of growing up, parental responsibility and wish fulfillment, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine.
A tradition of voice: A cappella at Princeton
Posted June 23, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
Walk through Princeton's campus at night, and it is not unusual to hear sweet melodies and perfect-pitched harmonies resonate from one of the University's Gothic archways. The waves of music emanate from Princeton's student a cappella singers, who entertain their classmates at arch sings, in addition to concerts and informal shows, throughout the year.
12 faculty members transfer to emeritus status
Posted June 22, 2011; 03:00 p.m.
Twelve faculty members were transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees.
Outreach programs encourage summer learning at Princeton
Posted June 20, 2011; 04:30 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 history and playwriting to clean energy and DNA.
Mendelberg examines inequality through political behavior
Posted June 20, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
In exploring the racial underside of political communications, Princeton University politics professor Tali Mendelberg has found that unspoken words can be the most damaging. Mendelberg is a political psychologist who studies the ways in which individuals' thoughts, emotions and behavior affect political processes. Her research focuses on communication about race in political campaigns -- particularly the varying effects of implicit and explicit racial messaging -- and the role of race, gender and other factors in citizen deliberation.
Summer construction includes final work on new computing center
Posted June 20, 2011; 10:30 a.m.
Construction of Princeton University's new High-Performance Computing Research Center is expected to near completion this summer, while work on the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is scheduled to begin. Several other construction and renovation projects also will continue on campus this summer.
Princeton sculpture enriches beauty and character of campus
Posted June 16, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
Princeton is home to a significant permanent collection of sculpture by many important 20th- and 21st-century artists. Following in the centuries-old tradition of civic statuary and public monuments, the collection seeks to place extraordinary and durable works of art in the path of everyday life for members of the University community and visitors to campus, and like all great works of public art, the sculpture distributed across the Princeton campus embodies the dreams, hopes and desires of the community in which it appears. The collection has come to reflect the energies of generations, with new works added periodically to reflect the continuing strivings of many of the great artists of the past and present.
Shostack gives $10 million to endow Project X fund, giving freedom to 'tinkerers'
Posted June 16, 2011; 10:10 a.m.
Seeking to provide "tinkerers" with freedom to explore hunches and passions, businesswoman and philanthropist Lynn Shostack has given $10 million to permanently endow the Project X innovation fund in Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Exhibit features photos by artist George Segal
Posted June 15, 2011; 10:28 a.m.
The exhibition "George Segal: Sculptor as Photographer" will run from Monday, July 25, to Friday, Dec. 30, at the Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library. The show focuses on the late American artist George Segal, who spent most of his creative life in nearby North Brunswick, N.J., and draws on materials that the George and Helen Segal Foundation donated to the Princeton University Library in 2009.
Work of artist George Segal featured in exhibit at Firestone Library
Posted June 15, 2011; 10:19 a.m.
The exhibition "George Segal: Sculptor as Photographer" will open on Monday, July 25, at the Milberg Gallery, Firestone Library on the Princeton University campus. The show focuses on the late American artist George Segal, who spent most of his creative life in nearby North Brunswick, N.J., and draws on materials that the George and Helen Segal Foundation donated to the Princeton University Library in 2009.
FACULTY AWARD: Troyanskaya and Wysocki named finalists for Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists
Posted June 14, 2011; 01:00 p.m.
The New York Academy of Sciences has named Olga Troyanskaya, an associate professor of computer science and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton, and Gerard Wysocki, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Princeton, as finalists in the 2011 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists competition. The annual Blavatnik Awards recognize innovative and interdisciplinary accomplishments in the life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.
Renowned psychologist Bart Hoebel - who studied addiction, behavior - dies
Posted June 14, 2011; 09:43 a.m.
Bart Hoebel, a Princeton professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute who became internationally known for his research on food addiction, died of cancer Saturday, June 11, in Princeton. He was 76.
Board approves appointments of 19 new faculty members
Posted June 13, 2011; 02:46 p.m.
The Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 19 new faculty members, including three full professors and 16 assistant professors. The appointments are effective for either July 1 or Sept. 1, 2011.
Researchers find new 'molecular motors' that bacteria use to transport proteins
Posted June 13, 2011; 02:00 p.m.
Joshua Shaevitz, an assistant professor from the Department of Physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, along with Mingzhai Sun, a postdoctoral associate at Princeton, and scientists from the Université Aix-Marseille in France, have discovered a new type of molecular machine used by bacteria for intracellular protein transport and gliding motility.
From diseases to drugs, Wailoo explores nexus of health and society
Posted June 13, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
In investigating public health issues, Princeton University scholar Keith Wailoo assumes an array of roles: historian, scientist, anthropologist, sociologist and policy analyst. This multifaceted approach has brought Wailoo -- a professor in the Department of History and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs -- to the forefront of the study of the history of science and medicine. His research and teaching tackle issues at the nexus of health and society, with particular attention to race and identity.
FACULTY AWARD: Ostriker wins Bruce Gold Medal for lifetime achievement
Posted June 12, 2011; 11:34 p.m.
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) has awarded Jeremiah Ostriker, professor of astrophysical sciences, the 2011 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in astronomy.
UPDATE - Many roads now open, portions of 206 remain closed
Posted June 10, 2011; 03:51 p.m.
Princeton University's Department of Public Safety is advising members of the campus community that most of the roads that were closed the morning of Friday, June 10, are now open., with the exception of portions of Route 206, which will remain closed until approximately 6 p.m. this evening.
FACULTY AWARD: White House appoints Tienda to advisory commission
Posted June 10, 2011; 09:00 a.m.
President Barack Obama has appointed Marta Tienda, Princeton's Maurice P. During Professor in Demographic Studies and a professor of sociology and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Tienda was sworn in on May 26. The commission is tasked with advising Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on how to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for Hispanics.
DELAYED OPENING for non-critical staff until 10 a.m. - Storm causes road closures
Posted June 10, 2011; 06:44 a.m.
Because of road closures from thunderstorms that occurred the night of June 9, Princeton University has delayed its opening until 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, for non-critical and non-essential staff. All critical and essential employees should report to work at their normal duty times.
Faces of Princeton
Posted June 9, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
Professor and Advisor, David Spergel and Student, Jared Crooks talk about careers in science. The video was produced as part of a series to showcase Princeton life and academics as part of "Aspire: A Plan for Princeton," which is the University's $1.75 billion fundraising campaign.
Video feature: Faces of Princeton
Posted June 9, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
Teacher. Adviser. Mentor. Professor David Spergel, a member of Princeton's class of 1982, has carried those titles for a generation of Princeton undergraduates. Jared Crooks, who graduated this May with a degree in astrophysical sciences, knows how special it is to work closely with Spergel. "Thank you," he says to Spergel, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation, professor of astrophysical sciences and chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. "Your openness, strength and wisdom have been fundamental to my time at Princeton."
Eight new trustees named, Hall to chair executive committee
Posted June 9, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
Princeton University has named eight new members of its Board of Trustees, and Kathryn Hall will assume leadership of the board as chair of the executive committee.
PPPL wins environmental gold for green building
Posted June 7, 2011; 09:55 a.m.
The Lyman Spitzer Building, the main administration building at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has been certified LEED gold, one of the highest environmental distinctions for buildings.
Symposium honors chemist Schutt
Posted June 6, 2011; 05:10 p.m.
A scientific symposium honoring the 65th birthday of Clarence Schutt, a longtime Princeton professor of chemistry, is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Frick Chemistry Laboratory. The event is open to the public.
Carillon concerts planned through summer
Posted June 6, 2011; 01:26 p.m.
The University's 19th annual Summer Carillon Series, featuring carillonneurs from around the United States and abroad, will be held at 1 p.m. each Sunday from June 26 through Sept. 4 at Cleveland Tower on the Graduate College campus.
Summer performances offered at Richardson
Posted June 6, 2011; 01:22 p.m.
Princeton Summer Chamber Concerts will present four free performances at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall from Tuesday, June 21, through Tuesday, July 26
Frist hosts summer concerts, activities
Posted June 6, 2011; 01:18 p.m.
The Frist Campus Center will present its Summer Program Series, featuring concerts and other activities, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 15 through July 27 on its South Patio.
Students get hands-on with mural project in Trenton
Posted June 6, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
In the course "The Big Picture: Mural Arts in Philadelphia and Trenton," students got an intimate look at the many steps involved in planning and executing a public mural, which was unveiled on June 4 in Trenton.
Slideshow: Aim high and be bold!
Posted June 1, 2011; 10:04 p.m.
Graduation activities marked the conclusion of students' time at Princeton, but also the dawn of an opportunity for members of the class of 2010. Activities highlighted in this slideshow began Thursday, May 27, when alumni returned for Reunions, and concluded Tuesday, June 1, with Commencement.
All clear - Previous report of tornado watch
Posted June 1, 2011; 08:26 p.m.
This announcement serves as an ALL CLEAR related to a previous report of a tornado watch. The University announced shortly after 2 p.m. today, June 1, that the National Weather Service had reported a tornado watch in effect for the Princeton area until 8 p.m. The warning has expired.
ALERT - TORNADO WATCH until 8 p.m.
Posted June 1, 2011; 02:02 p.m.
A tornado watch is in effect for the Princeton area until 8 p.m. today, June 1. A tornado watch means that weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornados. You should plan to be able to take shelter quickly. Please check this website for additional announcements when the tornado watch is extended, canceled, or expired.